Sissylia Mhaka’s feet know the way to the river very well. Even at 5am she can make her way there and back, carrying a 20-litre container of water on her head. The journey takes almost three hours and sometimes she does it twice a day.
She is not alone – most households in the region have to travel for between two and six hours to reach a safe water point. The community is prone to outbreaks of cholera, malaria and diarrhoeal diseases.
The Zimbabwe Red Cross, with support from the British Red Cross, is working with Sissylia’s community to find out what would make the biggest difference to their daily lives.