Community building projects
Zambia needs thousands of new classrooms and health facilities. Our community building projects help to bring essential services to some of Zambia's most disadvantaged communities
Our building projects give local communities access to new, high quality education and health facilities. Projects are driven by the local community. We work together to identify the issues and the solutions. Our building projects offer our young construction trainees valuable work experience to put their new skills into practise. And we are now employing some of our more experienced graduates to help lead on these projects.
We carefully consider the environmental impact and energy costs of all our projects. We use local building materials, sustainable technologies and improved designs that are appropriate to the local community.
Our current community build projects are:
LIBUYU HEALTH CENTRE
Skilled care before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of women and new-born babies.
We want to improve services for women around Libuyu Health Centre
The centre is situated in a poor, heavily populated community in Livingstone and serves an urban population of over 20,000 people. Maternal mortality is higher in women living in poorer communities, and young adolescents face higher risks of complications then other women.
The maternity ward currently has 1 doctor, 10 nurses and 9 midwives. The delivery room is small, basic and positioned next to the clinic reception area. This offers very little privacy and dignity to women as they have their babies. As a result, pregnant women sometimes wait until night time to go to the clinic. This puts themselves and their unborn child at risk of complications. Due to the demand on beds and staffing, there is little time offered for aftercare once the baby is born.
With your support we are building a new maternity unit, as well as reconfiguring the rest of the clinic to improve patient care.
The new maternity unit will have:
- 5 antenatal beds
- 5 post-natal beds
- Delivery room with 2 beds
- Sluice room
- Toilets and shower
- Waiting area
- Connection to mains electricity
Work started in May 2021. Check out our News page for latest updates as work progresses. Together we are #BuildingBrighterFutures for mums and their babies at Libuyu.
ZAMBEZI SAWMILLS COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Zambezi Sawmills is a thriving and successful community school in southern Zambia. The school is in a poor, densely populated urban area of Livingstone, about 4km from the town centre.
With over 755 pupils, 349 girls and 406 boys, the school urgently needs additional classroom space as it expands to offer secondary school tuition in 2022. This will reduce overcrowding from an average of 80 – 100 pupils currently to each small classroom.
With your support we will recruit 23 young, unemployed men and women from the local area to train in construction skills. They will learn new skills whilst building:
- Three classrooms, plus a computer room with electricity
- New latrine block for the older children to help improve health and wellbeing, and encourage more girls to stay in education as they grow up
The additional classrooms will make a significant difference in helping to reduce overcrowding, enabling the school to offer secondary education. Headteacher Ms Belita Tembo already runs morning and afternoon sessions to maximise the number of children with access to schooling. But sadly she has to turn away some children from the school gate due to the limited classroom space available.
Will you help us build brighter futures for the children at Zambezi Sawmills?
“Our aim is to level the field, that the children can be something in the future, have an education and a career”
Mrs Belita Tembo Zulu, Headteacher at Zambezi Sawmills School