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Amos Batisayi

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About Amos
Amos Batisayi is a journalist based in Gweru, Zimbabwe. He is a qualified  Zimbabwean journalist with six years experience. He has  been writing for Alpha Media Holdings the publishers for for NewsDay, Zimbabwe Independent and The Standard  and have been a reporter since 2017

He is passionate about rural reporting where he covers climate change,  women and gender, hunger, and agriculture stories, development , women empowerment. Amos is also is a  Graphic Designer | Content Creator and Social Media Manager

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Media Studies and a Masters Degree in Journalism and Digital Media Studies.
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Gokwe residents' water woes to end soon

30 Apr 2023  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
The Farm Community Trust of Zimbabwe (FCTZ) has committed to addressing the water scarcity issues in Gokwe North and South by rehabilitating 85 water points in the area. This initiative is particularly timely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as access to water is critical for maintaining hygiene and preventing the virus's spread. FCTZ's programme manager, Barnabas John Muhoma, reported that 55 water sources have already been repaired, and the project also includes improving water and sanitation in local schools. Additionally, FCTZ's executive director, Godfrey Magaramombe, mentioned that the borehole-drilling project would provide safe water to an estimated 39,700 people. The organization has also supported schools with COVID-19 protective equipment and provided vulnerable households with materials to combat the pandemic.

Rural Zimbabwe's struggle for water and the efforts to alleviate it

05 Apr 2023  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
The article by Amos Batisayi focuses on the severe water access challenges faced by rural communities in Zimbabwe's Shamva district. It highlights the breakdown of boreholes and the reliance on unprotected water sources by the locals. The piece discusses the efforts by Welthungerhilfe (WHH), an international humanitarian organization from Germany, in collaboration with other NGOs and the government, to improve the situation. WHH's head of WASH programs, Shadreck Kundishora, details their work in hygiene promotion, borehole drilling, and construction of water schemes and latrines. The interventions have benefited over 10,550 households, equating to approximately 39,600 people. The article includes testimonies from local officials and community members who acknowledge the positive impact of these initiatives, such as reduced distances to fetch water and improved water quality.

Mango drying centre changes fortunes for Gokwe South farmers

05 Apr 2023  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
The article discusses the positive impact of the Agriculture Business Centre (ABC), a sustainable social enterprise in Gokwe South, Zimbabwe. ABC, created by Welthungerhilfe and Empretec Zimbabwe with European Union funding, has set up dry-fruit processing plants to help local farmers monetize their excess mango production. Before ABC's intervention, mangoes were often discarded due to a lack of market access. Now, farmers like Dickson Mabuto can sell their mangoes to ABC, which buys them at fair prices and processes them into dried fruit. This initiative has increased the value of the mangoes, created employment, and provided training for farmers. The general manager of ABC, Vernon Mushoriwa, mentioned plans to export the dried mangoes and highlighted the shift in local agriculture from cotton farming to diverse projects due to falling cotton prices and government payment delays.

Beef Enterprise Strengthening and Transformation Project Boosts Zimbabwe's Cattle Farmers

05 Apr 2023  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
The article discusses the Beef Enterprise Strengthening and Transformation (BEST) Project, a collaboration between international organizations like Welthungerhilfe, World Vision, Sustainable Agriculture Technology, and the government, funded by the European Union. The project aims to develop a competitive beef value chain in Zimbabwe, targeting 25,000 cattle farmers by 2023. It focuses on areas such as Chiredzi and Mwenezi, where climate change has depleted natural pastures, affecting smallholder farmers. The BEST project has established Cattle Business Centres (CBCs) offering services like extension, bullying, marketing, and training in animal husbandry. Success stories of local farmers who have profited from the project are highlighted, including the sale of cattle and subsequent investments in vehicles and farming equipment. The project also involves private sector partners like MC Meats, First Mutual Finance, National Foods, and Windmill, and has facilitated the marketing of over 650 cattle through CBCs.

WASH Programme Improves School Attendance for Menstruating Girls

05 Apr 2023  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
Welthungerhilfe (WHH) has implemented a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme in schools of Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe, to address the challenges faced by menstruating girls. The programme includes the construction of girl-friendly latrines with privacy features such as locks, mirrors, and pad rack shelves in 11 schools. This initiative has reduced absenteeism among girls, who previously missed school due to a lack of proper facilities to manage their menstrual hygiene. WHH has also trained health coordinators in schools to educate and assist girls during their menstrual cycles. Additionally, the organization has built latrines for infants and individuals with disabilities, drilled boreholes, and set up group handwashing stations to improve overall sanitation and access to water.

Jilted man blows off head with dynamite

01 May 2022  |  Southern Eye
Police in Silobela are investigating the sudden death of Isaac Shumba, who blew off his head with explosives after being dumped by his girlfriend. Acting provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende urged the public to resolve disputes amicably to avoid unnecessary loss of lives. In a separate incident, Last Mpofu died after being assaulted by Emson Ncube over a debt dispute in Lower Gweru, Midlands province.

Shot in arm for Mash Central girl child

01 Apr 2022  |  Southern Eye
Welthungerhilfe has established a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program in Mashonaland Central schools, constructing girl-friendly latrines to address challenges faced by girls during their menstrual cycles. The initiative has led to improved school attendance and confidence among girls, with facilities including Blair latrines with mirrors, pad rack shelves, and lockable doors for privacy. The program also includes training for health coordinators and the construction of infant-friendly and disability-friendly latrines, as well as the drilling of boreholes and rehabilitation of water sources to ease water challenges.

EU project brings relief to beef farmers

01 Feb 2022  |  www.newsday.co.zw
The European Union-funded Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme-Beef Enterprises Strengthening and Transformation (ZAGP-BEST) project has provided training to beef farmers in Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe, on supplementary feeding to prevent cattle deaths during dry seasons. Livestock and livelihoods specialist Gift Chomuzinda explained the importance of formulating on-farm feeds, while farmer Phineas Tshabalala shared his experience of preparing stockfeed blocks and his plans to train other local farmers.

Gokwe residents bemoan poor drainage system

01 Feb 2022  |  Southern Eye
Residents of Gokwe have criticized the local authority for the lack of a proper drainage system, which has led to flash floods and exposure to water-borne diseases during the rainy season. Shylet Munyoro, a local resident, expressed concerns about walking in dirty water and the risk of malaria due to water-logging. Council chairperson Never Gwanzura acknowledged the issue, attributing it to the town's location on a plateau with loose soils, and mentioned ongoing road rehabilitation efforts under a government-funded program.

Gokwe to splash $9m on chef’s vehicle

01 Dec 2021  |  Southern Eye
The financially struggling Gokwe Town Council plans to spend $9 million on a vehicle for its chairperson, Never Gwanzura, despite failing to provide basic services or pay workers. The budget proposal, presented by finance committee chairperson Darlington Mudondo, includes the purchase of a Toyota Prado. This decision has been met with criticism from residents and council employees, who argue that the funds should be used for essential services. The council previously bought a Mazda BT-50 for the former chairperson, which is currently used by the acting town secretary, Alexander Nyandoro.
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