Oct 06,2020

Work commences at Light of Hope School

We are delighted to announce that our work at Light of Hope School down in Livingstone has started. COVID-19 has delayed the build, but the ground has now been marked out and foundations are being dug for the new classrooms, latrines and teacher’s accommodation.

The new facilities will make a huge difference to the education of the children at this school. The existing school structure is unstable and unsustainable. With 200 pupils, the school currently has just four volunteer teachers who are doing a fantastic job, but are struggling to cope. Without a proper building and sanitation, the Ministry of Education will not send qualified teachers to educate the children.

The children at Light of Hope are looking forward to their new classrooms

Due to COVID-19, we have had to make some adjustments to how we implement the training element of this project. No new trainees will be attached to this project to minimise possible transmission of COVID-19; instead a smaller team of more experienced Build It graduates have been contracted to deliver the work. This approach will provide these promising graduates with advanced skills, and give them the opportunity to become more experienced in self-managing projects effectively.

The team of eight graduates includes (from left to right):

  • Hilda who trained at Chitukuko Community School
  • Contractor Mike who trained at Bissell Community School
  • Astridah who trained at Naluyanda Community School
  • Contractor Benson who trained at Chitukuko Community School

The three-classroom block, with teacher’s office and strong room to keep exam papers safe, is marked out

Work has commenced on the pit for the latrine block

With the project starting later than planned, it’s now full steam ahead before the start of the rainy season.