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
The level of poverty in Zambia remains stubbornly high. Many children and young people are being forgotten. They are falling through the cracks of the education system and without skills and qualifications, their prospects are limited.
But there are real opportunities to transform lives.
Our building projects give local communities access to new, high quality education and health facilities. They offer our young construction trainees valuable work experience to put their new skills into practise.
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 CLINIC
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 Clinic.
The clinic 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. We look forward to sharing photos and updates as work progresses. Together we are #BuildingBrighterFutures for mums and their babies at Libuyu.
LIGHT OF HOPE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Light of Hope School is in an impoverished community of around 250 households. Recent crop failure has made rural life very difficult and has seen more families moving into this semi-urban area, situated on the edge of the town of Livingstone.
The children urgently needed a local school as they were travelling long distances to Nyanzabili town. The community took matters into their own hands, building a basic classroom on land gifted to them by the local Headman.
Within two years, school enrolment grew to 155 children, and will soon reach 200. The existing school structure was unstable and unsustainable.
The school had four volunteer teachers who were struggling to cope. Without a proper building and sanitation, the Ministry of Education would not send qualified teachers to educate the children. There were no latrines or appropriate hand washing facilities.
With your support, we have built:
- A three classroom school building, with office for teachers and a strong room to keep exam papers secure
- A latrine block
- A hand wash station with space for 18 children to wash their hands all at the same time
- A teacher’s house, which will enable the Government to send trained teachers to the school
Thank you for your incredible support.