18 June 2020.
Washing your hands regularly with soap and water has been a key health message in the battle against COVID19.
But lack of adequate and appropriate facilities means that for many people in Zambia, this just isn’t possible.
We have been looking at how we can adapt our work to play our part in responding to the pandemic. At our community school projects where there is no access to clean water, we drill boreholes and install water pumps but we want to do more.
We have been engaging with a number of primary and secondary schools in the Chilanga and Chibombo Districts to see what is needed and how we can help.
As a result we are launching our Safe Hands Appeal which will see us building new, permanent hand washing facilities at 18 local schools with space for 18 children to wash their hands at the same time.
We will focus schools in the areas where we work – currently in Chilanga and Chibombo Districts, particularly in the 10 Miles area just outside of Lusaka where our Centre for Excellence is located. This will help ensure that we reach crowded, peri-urban and urban schools that are at higher risk from the spread COVID-19. It also means we can reach some rural schools that have a lower risk of transmission, but are poorly resourced with even less access to essential services.
We will provide further training to some of our young construction graduates to support this work. They will help build these new facilities to improve the health of the children in their communities, both now and in the future.
Please do get in touch to find out more and how you can support our Safe Hands Appeal.