Conclusion of Kabende Primary School Borehole Project – Zambia
This project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Emily McKeone.
To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.
We would like to thank Emily once again for executing this fine project, and for her continuing work with us via her Water For Zambia organization and our joint Water For Zambia Program. We worked with her as PCV, and are proud to continue to work with her in her efforts as an RPCV.
The following is a conclusion report from Emily:
The project aimed to relieve the water crisis that Kabende Primary School was facing. There was an old play pump structure at the school that had not worked since 2009. After demolition and removing the piping of this structure, a new, improved hand pump well was installed. Then, a soakaway apron and soak pit was dug to catch any run-off.
The primary result of the project is improved access to clean water and improved health. The borehole will provide access to clean, safe drinking water for 533 people daily, for an expected lifetime of 50 years. As a result of this clean drinking water source, communities will experience improved health and sanitation. School attendance for teachers and pupils will improve, resulting in a better quality education for all.
Other community impacts could include improved food security, as the school will be able to create small gardens and orchards. Previously, the school was unable to create on-site gardens due to the long distance to reach a water source. This new water source will allow easy watering of plants and improved knowledge of gardening for students, as well as a convenient food source.
Kabende Primary School has begun a construction project to develop the infrastructure of the school through additional housing for teachers. With a convenient water source, this construction project can be completed more efficiently.
The overall project impacts include, but are not limited to: improved health and sanitation, improved school attendance and education experience, increased knowledge of gardening and agriculture, food security, and community development.