THE Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children (ZNCWC) has embarked on a research survey to determine the impact the proposed demolition of over 14 000 houses built illegally in Chitungwiza would have on children.
About 14 446 houses are set to be razed to the ground after Chitungwiza Municipality filed a High Court application seeking permission to evict families that were allocated stands on areas declared illegal by government in a land audit.
The survey is being carried out in partnership with the pressure group, Chitungwiza Residents’ Trust (Chitrest).
ZNCWC national director Reverend Taylor Nyanhete told NewsDay yesterday that they wanted to come up with data that would help them chart the way forward for the affected families.
“We want to establish the exact number of children likely to be affected and find out what the families think about the development,” he said.
“We will then analyse the data and then call all the stakeholders together and present the results as well as discuss possible interventions.”
The survey kicked off on Tuesday morning with the training of 30 enumerators and 10 supervisors and is expected to end tomorrow.
In a statement, Chitrest said they were using a three–page questionnaire being used by the enumerators focusing on background information, household demographics, household size breakdown, school attendance by children and coping mechanisms in case of the house demolitions being allowed to proceed in Chitungwiza.
“The survey has a clear output in the form of formulating an Advocacy, Information Dissemination, Public Engagement and Litigation Strategy (AIDPELS) for engagement with the relevant stakeholders,” the statement reads in part.