Students and teachers at the Shimukuni Primary and Secondary Schools in Chibombo, Zambia struggle to focus when their bellies are full of parasites, or they are weak and dehydrated due to constant diarrhea. Lack of safe water access and poor hygiene practices are a common situation in the community. Women and children daily collect water for their families.
When the only clean water source breaks, due to high demand and overuse, families must go back to hand dug unprotected contaminated wells. The area has grown dramatically and the current well can not handle the demand for access to safe water. A hand pump well can supply water to 450 people, but this community has almost 2,000 people trying to use the pump.
Youngsters are sent to the river to fill jerry cans with polluted water for drinking.
Because of growth, this community needs a clean water source capable of much higher capacity than a hand pump can provide. Living Water International will install submersible electric pump and a storage tank. The pump will be powered by a solar array. In addition, 5 water kiosks will be installed to distribute clean water more efficiently.
Also, Living Water International will provide training and backstopping support to local water user committees and local government structures. Water users will pay small monthly water user fees by household and these funds will be collected and managed by the water user committee for future repairs and maintenance of the system.
All projects are made possible by World Changers.