Update on Water Projects United Church of Christ in ZimbabweAugust 1, 2012
The United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe (UCCZ) was founded in 1893 by the American Board of Foreign Missions, predecessor mission body of Global Ministries. Global Ministries works closely with this partner church in the many facets of its ministry in Zimbabwe. The denominational membership today is approximately 30,000 people in 47 churches and several preaching points and worship groups. The UCCZ works ecumenically on important efforts in Zimbabwe and is responsible for many schools and several health institutions in the country.
The areas around Mt. Selinda and Chikore suffer from a serious lack of clean, potable water due to the low water table. The need for additional water for the area is great. The UCCZ presented a list of more than a dozen priority projects to Global Ministries for the UCC/Disciple constituency to support as an urgent need.
The following water projects have been advanced:
- The Chinaa High and Shekwa Schools wells were drilled using funds raised in honor of New Hampshire Conference UCC volunteers Susan Jepson and Andy Lindley ($12,993) and gifts to Global Ministries designated for this effort. The total expense for these projects to date is $21,100, according to a recent report received from the UCCZ.
- There remains work yet to be done in order to finalize these projects. This expense also includes failed digging efforts to locate water in some situations.
- The Mt Selinda Hospital borehole is not yet installed, but will be the next major water project to progress, according to the UCCZ. In order to complete this project $3,500 is yet required.
There is still a great need for funds for water projects in Zimbabwe.
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