“Courage and collaboration are the Build It values coming to the fore…
Now more than ever, we remain committed to building brighter futures in Zambia.”
Andrew Jowett OBE
2 March 2021:
We continue to closely monitor and react to the COVID-19 situation in Zambia and the UK.
In mid-December 2020, the number of confirmed cases in Zambia began rising rapidly and the health authorities confirmed the outbreak of a second wave, dominated by the South Africa variant. Hospital admissions also increased significantly.
The Christmas holidays were extended with schools remaining shut for an additional two weeks in January 2021. We closed our Centre for Excellence in line with other educational institutions.
By early March there is some evidence that the number of new cases is reducing and the situation might be improving. However, testing remains very limited and the true picture is unclear. With staff and trainee safety a priority we remain vigilant with a wide range of mitigation measures in place including; working from home, wearing of face masks, regular handwashing and sanitising.
Zambia has been allocated vaccines from the global COVAX facility, but there are no details yet of when vaccination programme will start in Zambia.
The coming months continue to bring challenges and uncertainties, but we have robust safety measures in place to help keep everyone safe as we continue our work:
- The Centre for Excellence reopened for new learners on 1 March and we are delighted to welcome our first group of trainees for 2021
- Construction works continue at our projects at the Centre for Excellence, Light of Hope Community School and Katombora Reform School
- We continue to roll out our Safe Hands programme. So far 33 group hand wash stations have been constructed at 19 schools, and February saw further distribution of vital supplies including face masks, soaps and disinfectant.
We remain firmly committed to building brighter futures in Zambia and be led by our core values: empowerment, excellence, courage and collaboration.
Please stay safe, wherever you are.
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