By Nhau Mangirazi
Karoi, August 11, 2016 – KAROI residents who have been benefitting from the activities of Goal Zimbabwe have lamented the recent relocation of the humanitarian NGO to Manicaland.
Goal Zimbabwe is among several aid groups whose operations helped combat the 2009 cholera outbreak that hit the country, killing an estimated 4000 citizens with an additional 100 000 seeking treatment.
In Mashonaland West, Karoi, Chegutu and Kadoma were among the worst affected during the catastrophe.
Goal Zimbabwe stopped its operations in Hurungwe covering Karoi town in July this year after assisting communities form health clubs focusing on hygiene, water and sanitation among other initiatives.
The Ward based health clubs, which comprised more women than men, are credited with the reduction in the spread of water borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery.
A group member, Winnie Chera in Chikangwe old high density suburb said they benefitted from a group finance scheme called mukando that boosted their earnings.
“Goal Zimbabwe launched mukando that is now assisting us to remain innovative in finances. We started small but it is working positively for us,” said Chera.
Although there was no official comment from the group, some workers at Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) confirmed the NGO had relocated, adding that the unfortunate development has dealt the authority a big blow as it assisted with water purification chemicals and sinking boreholes.
“Generally, Goal Zimbabwe was bridging the gap for us as they assisted in drilling of some boreholes,” said a Zinwa worker.
“At some point, they helped us get water treatment chemicals in bulk and helped to avert a water crisis. It is sad they will never be here with us again.”
Some residents feared a health project recently started by the NGO may suffer a stillbirth due to lack of commitment from implementing partner, Karoi Town Council.
“We are deeply concerned these projects will never be sustainable as Karoi town council has failed to complete some fully funded projects and officials have not been accountable,” said Petros Machinga, a local resident.
“We have European Union funded flea market, factory shell among others that are still in limbo for 13 years although council got full funds to complete the projects. We have had no word from council. We wish Goal Zimbabwe was around to see us go through the economic, health and livelihood crisis with their committed assistance.”
A council environment worker echoed the same sentiments saying top management hardly consulted them on crucial matters and Goal Zimbabwe’s relocation will have a negative impact on their operations.
“We do not operate as a well coordinated institution and the gap will soon be felt,” said the worker.