|Background and History|
Sakubva is the first black location of Mutare. It was established in 1925. By 1927 its population had grown to 200. It was originally designed as single rooms to house black male workers for the nearby industries of Mutare. During this period, blacks were treated as temporary migrants who did not require family accommodation. Such a philosophy ensured that there was no need to provide blacks with family accommodation. Before 1935 black housing provision in Mutare was believed to be financed with profits made through the sale of opaque beer in beer halls located in the city’s low-income residential area. By 2002, however, the population of Sakubva was estimated to be between 50,000 and 65,000.Todate the population stands at 76,000 people a figure which is 4 times much that the facilities in the area.
Sakubva township is a high-density suburb which contains nearly half of the population of Mutare, despite an area of less than four square miles. It was the first high-density suburb (township) being established in Mutare. At that time, it was located in the Old Location section of Sakubva. It is the poorest of Mutare's suburb and its economy is centred around a large outdoor food and flea market.
Sakubva's most famous attraction is the Sakubva Market, also referred to as Musika Wahuku which means the 'Chicken market.' The market has the largest food and vegetable markets, traditional artwork, and a second-hand clothing market..'. Over the past few years the suburb has suffered as a result of the collapse of the country's economy
Significant portions of Sakubva's informal houses were destroyed by police and military forces during the operation Murambatsvina in May 2005
LOCATIONS/SUBURBS IN SAKUBVA
Sakubva township is located about five kilometers South west of the central business district (CBD) of Mutare; south of the railway line and west of Chimanimani road. It is divided into the following sections; Chisamba Singles, New and Old Chisamba, St Joseph's, Zororo, Devonshire, Nyausunzi, Muchena, Chitungo, Chineta, New and Old Dangare, Mazhambe, Maonde, Tenderere, NHB, Macgregors, Blocks, Murahwa, Avenues, Old location, Matida Flats and OTS sections.
SOme of the above mentioned shops are now white elephants and are disfunct.
(The above information is an extract from WIKIPEDIA.)
The city council is no longer able to service these facilities which have fallen prey to vandalism and as such open sewers run free taken up children's play grounds.The houses which comprise mainly of two rooms are nothing more than a breeding ground for sexually oriented crimes and child abuse.The average family now is about 5-6 people and these are made to share two rooms as bedrooms,kitchen and living area.Over population in this town has led to Cholera and other communicable diseases and an increase in GBV and sexual abuse.Most roads have now been closed due to overgrowth of grass and are now a hideout for muggers and robbers.It is against this background that 200 members who were born and bred in Sakubva have come up to put our hands together and see if we can restore people's dignity by rebuilding better and more spacious houses or blocks of flats.We also intend to rehabilitate the roads and market place so that life can be normal again.
This is the current public bathroom in Maonde.There are over 1000 people and yet there are only 15 such bathrooms.This is the same for Muchena,NHB,Mcgregors,OTS,Chisamaba Singles and Mundembe.The ratio of people to bathrooms is a health time bomb.There are no faucets or showers in the bathrooms and the toilets flash system does not work.People use buckets to bath or flash the toilets.
Alleviating poverty and restoring dignity through community based initiatives in order to rebuild a new Sakubva.
To use social capital and trust within the community in order to build back Sakubva better.
1.Community development: This is where aspects of emotional,physical and economic development of the township will be dealth with.They work closely with the ecumenical department.This is also the major theme of ReSa.We are going to use the Asset Based Community development strategies.Involvement and community participation is key in this thematic area.Within this thematic area is sustainable livelihoods,shelter,social capital and trust.
2.Gender,Youth Empowerment and development:
Our youth are the future of this town.Its sustanance is based on having well informed,environmentally aware,creative and responsible youth.This thematic area also look at gender isues within the community with particular regard to power isues.Who has more,who does not have acess or who is preventing others access to community resources?We also deal with issues of exclusion and exploitation based on one's gender.Empowerment is key in this thematic area.
3. Disaster Risk management ,Climate change and Environmental protection
This thematic area imparts knowledge to comunity members about current issues pertaining t their environment,climate change and how to be relisilient and prepared for disasters both man-made and natural.Resilience and disaster prearedness are key in this thematic area and all efforts will be made to have knowledgeable communities.They should know how to take care of their environment in order that the environmet takes are of them.
4. Ecumenical services:
Sakubva has over 100 chuches sprawn all around it.Churces are a very good vehicle of information and influence.They will be very instrumental in peace building,tolerance,trust,social capital and empowerment projects.They also provide safe havens in the wake of disasters.Churches and school also provide much needed storage space.
CROSS CUTTING ISSUES
Within all these thematic areas ,human rights,HIV and AIDS,Gender,protection and accountability are cross cutting.Careful and serious attention is given to these issues in all our programming activities.
Monitoring And Evaluation
All our programms have a monitoring and evaluation schedule designed and tools are available for such.We take so much pride in our M and E department and our work is carefully recorded and analysed.Community members are also involved in ongoing monitoring of projects and their feedback is valued and considered.
Rebuild Sakubva (ReSa) is centred on the following values:
-team work and team spirit.The project will encourage community members to contribute and work in it.By having them work together this will ensure team work and team spirit in achieving a common goal.
-transparency-Since these are public funds we will be dealing with all aspects of the project including finances will be made availble to the public.Every month a finacial report will be published in the local newspaper The Manica Post.
-loyalty-we expect community members to show their solidarity to this project through evidence of loayalt to the project.This means that promises made will not be broken and that we will all work towards achieving the set goals.
-vision-The ReSa project as of now is just a vision of one person but we want everyone involved to sharethe vision,to see the new Sakubva and work towards making this vision a reality.We want our children and generations to come to look back and be proud of what we did for them.
-creativity-Community members will need to come up with lots of initiatives and creativity for a beautiful residency as well as cost cutting initiatives in order to realise our vision within te shortest period ever.
-passion-Without passion this dream will not be a reality.We need people who have the passion to make a change,passion to be different,passion to be part of a solution and above all passion to own something.
-tolerancy and acceptance of each other-Sakubva has different natinalities living in it.As such there are various beliefs and norms within that community.During the rebuilding phase we encourage tolerance and peace.People should accept each other and their shortcomings.Those with strength in certain areas should give the weak ones leverage and we should all move together towards one goal.
-commitment-This is fundamental.We need commited peope who will work around the clock for results.People who will not cut corners but go all the way in order to realise a goal.Commitment will be shown through what the members are willing to contribute,how long they are willing to stay within the group and make things happen.
-empowerment-This project will empower community members through knowledge and asset ownership.They will own houses and their dignity will be restored through employment creation and income generation.
As a group we are a non profit organisation called Rebuild Sakubva which is run and managed by a group of 6 people.We also have a board of 6 people with 2 females and 4 males.The management team comprises of the Director,Project Coordinator,Projects development team,Logistics team,Communications team,Fundraising team and Ecumenical services team.There is also a deliberate gender balance in the composition of the teams.All members are people who were born and bred in Sakubva and understand its problems and history.From each team stems a number of sub teams as shown by our organogram which is available upon request.We currently have 123 local volunteers and 16 international volunteers
ReSA works with communities and all human and material resources are sourced within the communities that are being rebuilt.Through community participation ReSa will build back the social capital and trust in Sakubva in order that they realise development as a team effort.This is also a first for the country where community members are mobilised and work together towards achieving goals with such a magnitude.Community membes are given the platform to decide,plan,monitor and impliment the project thereby giving them a sense of ownership .When communties own the project they will guard it jealously and go an extra mile in order to complete the project.Perfection is achieved when they work with commitment and passion.As ReSa management all we do is facilitate the project activities and support the communities in fundraising and encouragement.
Asset Based Community Development
In order to realise development within this surburb,ReSa will link its assets to the community asset.An asset mapping will be done in order to identify the available assets withing the community.These will be used to enhance growth and support.The community assets will include human resources,natural resources,space,social institutions and human capacity and skills.
This project will not only change people's lives but it will bring a deep, longlasting,measurable change.It will create over 2000 jobs from site engineers, drivers, masonry,supervisors, warehouse keepers,security,field officers,carpenters,plumber,steel workers,community mobilisers,IT and communications,accountancy and bookkeeping,logistics and environmental health officers.
Material resources will be obtained locally.Sakubva as a township boasts of over 30 shops and hardware stores where we can get materials.We also have big giants in transport and landscaping namely Tenda Transport and Matan transport.Bricks and cement will also be obtained locally.
ReSa intends on building capacities and reducing vulnerabilites of local communities.As such community members will contribute towards this project by providing water,sand and food to the builders.Their contribution is actually 17% of the total costs of their new houses or block of flats.Labour will also be provided in two ways.It will either be paid or voluntary.As their house is being painted or repaired family members can also help in repainting or laying bricks.
Each family is also expected to contribute towards the security of the project.By paying US3.00 a month this will go towards paying security guards.This will reduce crime and unhygienic practices in the community like littering.
Community members will also contribute towards information dissemination by passing on flyers,brochures and verbal dissemination.They will also house and accommodate someof our external volunteers and provide food.Each person is expected to give towards his project in whichever way they can.
By the year 2020 these are our expected indicators of achievement
>20 blocks of flats built for small families.Each block will accomodate 50 families i.e 10 families per floor.These will be two bedromed flats with a kitchen and a living area.
>300 three bedroomed houses with a kitchen,living area and a bathroom and toilet built for families with more than 5 members.
>200 houses in Muchena painted and refurbished into 4 roomed houses with a bathroom and toilet for smaller families of 3-5.
>All public family bathrooms demolished by year 2015.
>Beit and Moffat halls refurbished and repainted for community social activities that includes weddings,community meetings,prayers sports and entertainement.
>The local libraries will be refurbished and library services revived by 2014.Three mobile libraries will also be established to service areas that are too far from the library.
>All roads rehabilitated and tarred,labelled and all road signs erected by year 2016.
>All drainage systems rehabilitated and refurbished and in use by the year 2015.
>Mcgregors,NHB,Maonde and OTS demolished to make way for the new houses and flats.
>Two parks established in the area.People will visit these for resting,social activities,botanical reasons etc.
>Two play areas for children will also be established.These will have soccer,netball grounds,squash,tennis courts and a library.
>All shops and stores should be repainted and refurbished by their owners in order to fit in the new look.
>A recycling project established for employment creation and environmenatl awareness programmes.
Most of the towns and cities of Zimbabwe are run down and neglected.This is not due to anybody's fault really but to the ailing Zimbabwean economy which cannot sustain the local councils.The local city fathers are no longer able to service the city with the vital services like health and social services.As such we anticipate that ReSa will spread over to other towns and we will see emergence of Rebuild Dombotombo,Rebuild Cherutenga,Rebuild Chikonohono,Rebuild Chtungwiza,Rebuild Rusape etc.The community involvement model is replicable and can be supported over time by the community members.
A project of this magnitude will not take less than 5-10 years depending on how much money has been raised towards its activities.After the houses have been constructed and commissioned community members are mandated to take care of the buildings and their environment.This will create employment for at least 100 people who will work as security and environmental and hygiene officers.We expect a clean new Sakubva that is conducive for decent living.ReSa will also continue to fundraise towards livelihoods projects for community members so that this community will provide a holistic intervention for its members.
ReSa will also work closely with the local city council in order to compliment their activities and ensure that the new town is maintained.This means that the local authorities will also make a contribution towards this by supplying gabbage removal services that are consistent and reliable,water and road maintanance.
During the construction phase community member will also receive training and information on environmental issues as well as recycling.With time a recycling project will also be done which will create jobs and give money to community coffers.
A lot of community mobilisation,participation and training will take place.Since most of the ReSa staff are people who already live in Sakubva they will be able to use the information attained for thier own growth and development.We are going to use the heart,hand and head theory in participation.
Head: How can l help in the project?What are those things that l know that l can use to enhance the project?
Hands: How can l use my hands to help in the project?I can bring the skills l have to the project for development.
Heart: What are those things that l am passionate about that l can develop or teach my community?i love art,music and a clean environment.I also love animals.How can l help to sustain all those things that l love?