FCTZ WASH interventions include enhancing provision of WASH services by local authorities including WASH strategic planning and implementation, establishment/rehabilitation of water points and community managed piped water schemes, rehabilitation of water reticulation systems and sanitation hardware, provision of school sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion and household sanitation facilities and sanitation focused participatory health and  hygiene education, capacity building of community level sanitation and hygiene institutions, WASH monitoring and governance, Disaster Risk Reduction, emergency and cholera response activities.

Current projects

A : Improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Rural Areas - Zimbabwe ProjectI

FCTZ is one of the implementing partners for the DFID funded Government of Zimbabwe project with UNICEF being the fund manager. The project supports and strengthens communities to ensure that essential basic sanitation services, including elimination of open defecation and promotion of hand washing at critical times and school sanitation through provision of sex disaggregated disability appropriate sanitation facilities, ensure availability of safe drinking water in communities and schools capacity building of WASH governance structures at district ward and village level, promotion of community based management (CBM), promotion of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) for sustainability.

The expected results of the interventions are:

  1. Rural populations, especially orphans and other vulnerable children (OVCs), and those affected by HIV and AIDS in the target area, have access to safe water supplies and improved school sanitation facilities in Hurungwe, Makonde and Zvimba districts

  2. 525 villages are declared open defecation free (ODF) and sustain their ODF status through community-driven sanitation and hygiene approaches

  3. Community based public- private sector partnership supported for sustainable operation and maintenance of 1078 rural water supplies and 3 piped water schemes in 3 targeted districts to benefit 215 600 people

  4. Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Institutions strengthened to plan, manage, implement and monitor Water Supply and Sanitation.

  5. Promotion of child friendly schools

B : Sustainable SERVICES for EVERYONE beyond the LIFETIME of the project at a FAIR price  

The project being funded by AusAID Civil Society WASH FUND 11 is being implemented in Mashonaland West province of Zimbabwe with Welt Hunger Hilfe Zimbabwe (WHH) as the lead organisation and Institute of Water and Sanitation Development (IWSD) and GRM International Zimbabwe as technical partners. Farm Community Trust Zimbabwe (FCTZ), Zimbabwe Community Development Association (ZCDA), Community Technology Development Organisation (CTDO) and HelpAge Zimbabwe (HAZ) are the implementing partners.

The project seeks to enhance the capacity of local authorities in WASH strategic planning and implementation including DRR, design, repair and construction of inclusive facilities using the Life, solid waste management and safe human excreta, disposal, Sanitation and hygiene, water and hygiene and solid waste and hygiene and building capacity of communities in Community Support to Service Delivery and Customer Care (CSSD &CC), and promotion of good hygiene practices through health clubs.

C : Zimbabwe Handwashing Campaign

FCTZ is one of the consortium members (other members are Action Aid International Zimbabwe and Combined Harare Residents Association) implementing the hand washing campaign project in 20 high density residential areas, 20 Primary schools and 17 Health Institutions in Harare. The 10 month project running from August 2015 to May 2016 funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Expected outcomes of the campaign are:

  1. Sustainable handwashing practices are adopted by school children, caregivers, and secondary audience

  2. Increased interest and commitment from teachers, education officers and health centre staff to handwashing

  3. Increased knowledge and support regarding handwashing with soap by family members

  4. An increase in media coverage regarding handwashing with soap

  5. Inclusion of handwashing with soap into national WASH/Health strategy due to in-creased interest, commitment and political will of decision makers in the intervention countries

  6. Sharing of good practices regarding innovative handwashing technologies in view of up-scaling and use by other actors of the international WASH platform.