Safe Hands Appeal: Our response to COVID-19 pandemic
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.
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 all at the same time, and will help benefit up to 20,000 children.
We have provided training to a small group of our young construction graduates to build these 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 schools with vital supplies including face masks, soaps and disinfectant. We are arranging COVID-19 awareness sessions to ensure schools have accurate information to keep their children, teachers and communities safe.
We are supporting crowded, urban schools that are at higher risk from the spread COVID-19. We are also supporting rural schools that although may have a lower risk of transmission, are often poorly resourced with even less access to essential services.
We continue raising funds for our Safe Hands appeal. Will you join us in #BuildingBrighterFutures in Zambia?