Conclusion of Fimpulu 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 many fine projects.

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

The project aimed to relieve the water crisis that Fimpulu 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 were 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 807 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 Fimpulu Primary School:

“The school is very happy about the construction and installation of the new borehole. This borehole will serve as the school’s main source of water.

Previously water has been a challenge for this school as our only well dried up this dry season. With the construction of this new borehole, we are happy that finally, we will have the life we always have cried for.

Lastly, we will take care of this borehole and we thank the management who brought this water source to our school.”

with gratitude,

Emily McKeone
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer