By Shamiso Chogonde
Women in Cyclone Idai hit areas of Zimbabwe have been encouraged to help ease its environmental impact by collecting and selling the waste created by the catastrophe for recycling.
Memory Mugova, the Secretary General of The Green Building Council of Zimbabwe, a private voluntary organization focusing on mitigating & the adaptation to effects of climate change, urged residents to gather litter for selling.
“This initiative will help in saving the environment and keeping it clean.” she said. Listen to Mugova below;
Mugova also advised women in the disaster hit areas, many of them left without sources of livelihoods and grieving for their loved ones, that they could get training in skills like hand crafting and the making of temp-a-bags, which are very popular in big towns and cities like Harare. Listen below
The temp-a-bags are multi-purpose and handy, they save energy as you only cook on the stove for a few minutes then when the pot starts boiling you put it in the bag and allow the food to cook slowly until it's done, the bags can also be used as coolers. These bags will go a long way in easing the energy needs of hard hit communities still disconnected from power supplies and struggling with alternative energy sources for cooking.
Chimanimani, Chipinge and Bikita are some of the areas that where heavily affected by Cyclone Idai which also hit parts of Mozambique and Malawi, hundreds of people died with thousands being displaced. The World Bank estimates that it will take 2billion dollars and several years to repair the damage left by the cyclone.