The Water Harvester

Episodes from the Inspired Life of Zephaniah Phiri

Mary Witoshynsky



This book is Mr Phiri's story. It is more than a simple environmental story; it reveals the family survival strategies of a man with immense courage, wisdom and generosity. Distilled by Mr Phiri's sage reflection and told in his own words, the story is imbued with his idioms, his rhythms and his experience. One feels refreshed-inspired by this champion of human dignity; a man whose endurance enabled him to found one of the first indigenous NGOs in Zimbabwe - the Zvishavane Water Project.


This book chronicles the life of Zephaniah Phiri, an innovative Zvishavane communal farmer who turned barren land allocated to him by colonial authorities into a wet farmland through creative harvesting of rain water for use in dry times. - Mukai/Vukani Jesuit Journal for Zimbabwe


Mary Witoshynsky is a journalist and researcher who spent four years in Zimbabwe.