Construction of a new toilet and shower block at Katombora Reform School is finished. We are delighted to hand over the new facilities which will make a significant contribution to improving health and hygiene at the school.
“The construction of the Katombora ablution block has been both exciting and challenging,” explains Build It Site Agent Chilufya Ndalameta.
“The poor, weak soils demanded a reinforced foundation and the geotechnical surveys revealed an unfavourable terrain for borehole drilling. The solution was to set up a pump system to take water from the Zambezi river 1km away. Together with the solar panels on the roof, it means the block is now totally self-sufficient for its water and power.”
Our bespoke design features three water-borne toilets, three urinals, four wash basins and four showers. Careful consideration was given to safety and robustness. The structure is oval shaped which makes it very open, with no dark corners. Materials were carefully chosen with no glass or tiles, or other materials that could be turned into sharp objects.
All the plumbing, including the cisterns, and wiring are located inside a central service duct. These are kept safely behind closed doors and are only accessible by staff.
In addition to the construction of the new facilities, 180 juveniles will go through our Training into Work programme delivered at the school. This will help give them skills and support to successfully reintegrate into society, and build themselves a brighter future.