Little Nyazema village in Murewa, Zimbabwe lies hidden between the rivers Nyadire and Munyukwi. It is surrounded by the vibrant and known villages namely Marumisa, Gwishiri, Magaya and a resettlement areas called “village 10″. It is in the middle of no-where when it comes to infrastructure.
The road that runs across the village is a feeder/secondary road between Murewa and Macheke. Only one bus passes through, and its referred to as a daily service. If you miss it, or it comes full you just have to wait for the following day. The other option is to walk more than 20 kilometres to Harare -Nyamapanda highway.
The children in this village have very long distances to walk to Magaya school. When Nyadire river if full they miss class. No reliable transport. Its really hard for women and girls of this village. As Maggie Mupanguri aptly “the bridge paKareza doesnt take much rain for it to overflow and close access to either side. Unfortunately the river has been seriously affected by siltation, because of ploughing on the river bands”.
There is no health care centre which is nearby. The options are grim. Walk more than 30 kilometres to Chitate health centre, there is no direct road. Walk the almost 20 kilometers to Chitowa health centre sincere there is no direct bus service. Only option for those unable to walk is to get a scotchcart!
As we campaign for access to treatment and education for rural communities, Nyazem village reminds us of the reality. These are the daily struggles for women as they provide care and support to their families, and care for people living with HIV. As the governments, donors, UN and others gather in New York in September for 10 year review of the MDG Goals, we encourage them to be practical. Remember the women and girls in Nyazema village. Support organisations like Rozaria Memorial Trust who are reaching out to such communities.
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