Conclusion of Malamba Primary School Water Project – Zambia
This project has been completed under the direction of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Emily McKeone.
To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.
We would like to thank Emily and Water for Zambia once again for executing this 7th new project, on the way to completing 13 Zambia school borehole projects. We worked with Emily as PCV, and are proud to continue to work with her in her efforts as an RPCV.
Here is the conclusion summary for Malamba Primary School from Emily:
The project aimed to relieve the water crisis that Malamba 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 soak away 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 is now providing access to clean, safe drinking water for 900 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. This new water source will allow easy watering of plants and improved knowledge of gardening for students, as well as a convenient food source.
Additionally, Malamba Primary School has an on-going construction project to create a new classroom. The new convenient water source will allow the construction to be completed more efficiently.
“We are now safe. We are happy and hope that you continue working with the same spirit. When we have a problem we will work together to resolve it.”
“Students used to walk 1 to 4 km to reach a clean source of drinking water. This problem has now been resolved with the installation of this new borehole.”
-Charles Chibuye, Teacher at Malamba Primary School
Emily McKeone Returned Peace Corps Volunteer