A non governmental organisation 4-H Zimbabwe has drilled boreholes in Hurungwe as it helps the community alleviate the impact of climate change.

Rural communities heavily rely on rain-fed agriculture for sustenance source.

However, climate change has led to drought and excessive rainfall which are detrimental to yield output.

4-H Zimbabwe communications officer Michelle Ncube, told Business Times the organisation has done a lot to help out the women in Hurungwe fight the impact of climate change.

“We have established eight solar powered boreholes in Hurungwe West. These boreholes provide water for more than 400 households that means they provide water for more than 2000 individuals, ” Ncube said.

She added that this initiative had come in handy as the community has had been experiencing water shortages for quite some time.

“The women are very grateful for the provision of water. Especially those in Hurungwe because now they don’t have to walk long distances to get water and now water doesn’t run out like it used to. The area used to have very little water and people had to walk long distances to get water,” Ncube said.

She said the organisation has also established community gardens.

“…in these community gardens women in the rural area farm their produce, some they do it for enterprise, they sell, some just do it to feed themselves. Our aim is just to improve the livelihoods of women in rural areas.”

4-H Zimbabwe has also reached out to women in other parts of the country such as Chirumhanzu, Zvishavane, Macheke district and Seke rural district.