UNICEF tents avert classroom shortages in Chipinge schools

CHIPINGE, ZIMBABWE-Whenever the storm clouds appear, teachers at Clearwater School in Chipinge pack the over 800 pupils into the Secondary School’s only two classroom blocks. “That was the only way we can ensure the children’s safety,” explained Moffat Sigauke, the headmaster of the school. “Some of the pupils were learning under a tree exposed to […]

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UNOPS committed to Health and Safety

As UNOPS Zimbabwe, we recognize our responsibility to protect the environment and ensure the health and safety of the communities in which we work and this is clearly outlined in our HSSE plan. Zimbabwe has an average of 26 active project sites in Chimanimani and Chipinge, with each site receiving daily safety talks and weekly […]

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Zimbabwe: One Year On – Cyclone Idai Recovery Continues

A total of 181 000 people from Cyclone Idai ravaged communities in Chimanimani and Chipinge Districts have benefited from the World Food Programme under the Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP). In a statement to mark the first anniversary since the devastating catastrophe United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) says various UN affiliations have assisted […]

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One year on: Cyclone Idai recovery efforts continue in Zimbabwe

In March 2019, Cyclone Idai destroyed approximately 50,000 households and displaced over 60,000 people in the country, causing as much as $622 million worth of damage. With the World Bank and partners, UNOPS is managing key recovery efforts. “We aim not simply to restore what was lost but to build back better, smarter and stronger […]

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Cylone Idai recovery programme may lend a lesson to recovering better from COVID-19

In response to Cyclone Idai, which hit Zimbabwe in March 2019, the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) with US$72 million funding from World Bank established Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project, a major multi-sectoral recovery project, implemented by FAO, IOM, UNICEF, WHO and WFP. The four-year Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) aims not simply to restore […]

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Cyclone Idai Recovery Programme

Extract from Unicef WASH Newsletter August 2020 For full report click here ‘COVID-19 has significantly changed the course and way of life in Zimbabwe and continues to impact communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai that caused significant loss of life, injury, and displacement in the Eastern Highlands. The ongoing drought within Zimbabwe affected water supplies […]

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After Cyclone Idai: Building resilience to future shocks

Hermetic bags are reducing losses and helping farmers become more resilient to shocks 24 September 2020, Zimbabwe – In 2019, flash floods and landslides caused by Cyclone Idai tore through Zimbabwe’s Manicaland and Masvingo provinces wiping out crops already hit by the El Nino-induced drought. The cyclone also caused a significant loss of lives, livestock […]

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