Safe Hands Appeal: Our response to COVID-19 pandemic
We wanted to respond directly to the challenges caused by the pandemic. In June 2020 we launched our Safe Hands Appeal to build permanent hand washing facilities at 18 schools in Zambia. These new facilities have space for 18 children to wash their hands at the same time, and will help benefit up to 20,000 children.
Washing our hands regularly with soap and water is a key health message in the battle against COVID-19. But lack of adequate and appropriate facilities means that for many in Zambia, this just isn’t possible.
According to 2018 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) more than 36% of Zambia’s population lacked access to safe water and more than 67% lacked access to basic sanitation.
We are focusing our support to schools in the areas where we work, currently Chilanga and Chibombo Districts close to our Centre for Excellence. This helps ensure we are reaching crowded, urban schools that are at higher risk from the spread COVID-19. It also means we can help rural schools that have a lower risk of transmission, but are poorly resourced with even less access to essential services.
We have provided further training to a small group of our young construction graduates to build the hand wash stations. New skills means new opportunities for them to earn a living and to provide for their families.
In addition, we are also providing the schools with vital supplies including face masks, soaps and disinfectant to help keep children and teachers safe.
We continue raising funds for our Safe Hands appeal. Will you join us in #BuildingBrighterFutures in Zambia?