THE Zimbabwe Red Cross on Thursday unveiled a footbridge at Ngamela River in Khahlu area in Mangwe District, Matabeleland South as part of it’s disaster response management initiative.
The Red Cross has since 2018 been implementing the Echo (European Commission for Humanitarian Aid) project titled Resilience through Disaster Response Management in different parts of the province. It is set to end next month.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, in Mangwe yesterday, Mat South Provincial Development Coordinator Latiso Dlamini thanked the Red Cross for the initiative.
“As we officially handover this footbridge and celebrate other key success of this project, I take this opportunity to thank the Red Cross and it’s partners for coming to the aid of the Mangwe district community.
“The Red Cross has over the years proved to be a reliable partner of the government of Zimbabwe and we thank them for their continued to work,” Dlamini said.
She added: “It is through such people centred partnerships that we can make our communities safer and contribute to the development of our country.”
The bridge was constructed by the Zimbabwe National Army with the support of Red Cross. The foot bridge was mooted after villagers in Khahlu area had appealed for help following years of struggling with inaccessibility posed by the river during rain season. Children attending Khahlu primary school were the most affected as on numerous occasions they would be trapped on the other side of the river after heavy rains.
Speaking at the same even,t Red Cross vice president Reuben Mkandla said they take pride in their capacity to foster meaningful development in communities.
“This ECHO resilience project another testimony of our quest to capacitate communities to develop community-based solutions to their everyday challenges and we are encouraged by the support from the community, our funding partners as well as stakeholders from various government departments and ministries,” Mkandla said.