Conclusion of Chisongo 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 her Water For Zambia organization for completing 12 of 13 school water projects in Zambia through our Water for Zambia Program.

Here is Emily’s conclusion summary for Chisongo Primary School:

The project aimed to relieve the water crisis that Chisongo 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 runoff.

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 727 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.

These 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.

Remarks from Chisongo Primary School by the acting head teacher, Bule Musonda Kalumba: 

As a teaching community, pupils, and the surrounding community, we write you to bring forth our sincere gratitude to your organization for the improved borehole at our learning institution.

We used to experience rusty water which wasn’t suitable; it was unfit for human consumption. Having replaced the steel pipes with plastic pipes, we’re now enjoying safe drinking water. Pleasant water which is palatable.

Teachers, learners, and the whole entire surrounding community is now happy for the rehabilitated and improved borehole that has impacted positively on health, as it will curb abdominal and diarrhoea related illnesses. We’re extremely appreciative and happy as we look forward to your future assistance, when need be in other areas.
Yours Faithfully,
Bule Musonda Kalumba
Acting Head Teacher

with gratitude,
Emily McKeone
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer