Why Zimbabwe?

The inspiration for the water well ministry came about during a summer study in Arkansas in 1997 where Bobby met Rev. Mark Makura.  Rev. Makura’s stories of his home touched Bobby and planted a seed that was ready for harvest over fifteen years later.

If you’ve never been to Africa, Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in the southern part. It’s known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife. It’s home to  Victoria Falls, and national parks with hippos, rhinos and birdlife. 

 

Shungu Dzevana Children’s Home (March 2016)

We found this children’s home through Rotary Harare West. We were able to help them get clean water access via two boreholes located at their new buildings across the street. We also repaired a tank and stand that had collapsed.

They care for over 150 kids, half are in Harare and Half are in a rural area called Mhondoro.

Dzevana Children's Home

Good Samaritan Children’s Home (March 2016)

We actually stumbled across this place by the hand of God Himself! These kids were on the brink of starvation. We installed new toilets and septic as well as a new borehole. The church group that went with us donated $2,000.00 for food supplies.

Good Samaritan Children's Home

Warren Park (March 2016)

This suburb of Harare is dear and close to Bobby’s heart. Warren Park is where Rev. Makura is buried and where one of the churches that he founded, Gospel Assembly, still functions. This borehole project was dedicated in memory of him.

Warren Park

Epworth (July 2015)

Epworth experienced a large influx of people during the late 1970s and early 1980s with the population being 20,000 in 1980 and 35,000 in 1987. The Methodist Church could not control the influx of people, and therefore transferred ownership of the farm to the Ministry of Local Government in 1983.

By 2002, the population was 113,884. Epworth had not been planned as an urban residential area, and therefore this rapid increase in population was occurring on land without any water supply and sanitation facilities. Epworth became the only informal settlement to have been tolerated by the Zimbabwean Government in the post-independence period because of the long history of settlement by some of the residents. The government decided to upgrade rather than demolish the informal settlement. Since most residents of Epworth had settled in the area spontaneously, public utilities such as water, sewage, and electricity were lacking before government intervention.

A local board formed in 1986 under the Urban Councils Act whose members are elected by the community, is responsible for managing the area including the collection of rates and other levies. Epworth was initially developed into four sub-areas but as the population increased it expanded to nine sub-areas that had extensive squatter settlements.

Epworth

Mutare (December 2015)

Mutare (known as Umtali until 1983) is the fourth largest city in Zimbabwe after Gweru, with an urban population of around 188,243 and rural population of around 260,567. It is the capital of Manicaland province.

The crops used to suffer not because of lack of knowledge of how to preserve the land, but due to lack of water. Pictured is the water source for the whole farming community. They could not water their crops because everyone’s household water was from here.

Mutare

Chitungwiza (April 2015)

This borehole came as a surprise for us. We had funds of $2000 for a borehole in Kezi, and the drilling company backed out. We took that money and instead drilled a borehole here in Chitungwiza where over 6,000 people now have access to water. The church where we placed the pump had been praying for water. God is faithful!

Celebration Children’s Home (April 2015)

This is an orphanage in Kadoma where we installed a complete solar water system. They now have clean, safe drinking water.
 
Eighty percent of these children are HIV positive and have lost their parents.
The kids used to hike down a steep incline, down a gravel road to get to the water over 1Km (.62 m) away for bathing and drinking.
Celebration Children's Home

Mabvuku (January 2015)

The Mabvuku-Tafara towns have been seriously affected by the decline of the economy which has compromised the Harare City Council’s ability to provide services to this outlying town. The residents have suffered through water and power cuts, acknowledged to be the worst scenario in the all of Harare. Cases of cholera, blamed on the relentless water cuts, have been recorded across the Mabvuku-Tafara area.
 
More than 4,000 people use this water well 24/7. Their popular water source was a hand dug well. Young girls who could not pull up the bucket were asked to expose themselves in return for men pulling the water up! We were able to put a stop to this by installing a new bush pump.
Mabvuku

Domboshava (September 2013)

This village in the province of Mashonaland Central is located in an area of granite hills about 27 km (17 mi) north of Harare. This was our very first borehole/bush pump project and the water well is serving over 800 people.
 
Bobby revisited the site on his trip in January of 2015. What once was a very dry place now had corn Maize growing in the peoples’ yards. Not only did we give clean drinking water, but also water that changed their very lifestyle.
Domboshava