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 charity 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 charity projects in Africa. We use local building materials, sustainable technologies and improved designs that are appropriate to the local community.
Current Community Projects:
LIBUYU HEALTH CENTRE
Libuyu Health Centre is situated in a densely populated community in Livingstone, serving a population of over 20,000 people. Life is difficult for many people across this community who struggle to make ends meet.
Maternal mortality is higher amongst women living in poorer communities.
Skilled care before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of women and new-born babies. We wanted to improve services for women living around Libuyu Health Centre.
With your support we have built a new Maternity and Child Health unit to provide more space and privacy for mums and their babies.
Work was completed in May 2022.
The new wing is now temporarily housing the main clinic services, whilst we renovate the existing clinic building.
Phase Two: Redevelopment of existing facilities
The current building was not designed as a clinic, and space is not efficiently used. As demand has increased, health services have been squeezed into limited spaces or have over spilled outside.
Following completion of Phase One, your support enables:
- Redeveloping the existing building to create consultancy, treatment and examination rooms
- Adapting the back-annexe of the building into a new pharmacy, laboratory plus storage space
- Remodelling inpatient wards to create separate spaces for male, female and child wards of 4 to 6 beds
- Improving toilets and sanitation
- Updating the electrical layout
These changes will make a big difference in increasing capacity and improving delivery of healthcare services to the wider community.
We completed Phase 2 and handed over the refurbished building on 23 December 2022 and the process of transferring services across commenced. Full details to follow in a news piece.
ZAMBEZI SAWMILLS COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Zambezi Sawmills Community School 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 looks to expand to offer secondary school tuition. 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 dedicated computer room with electricity
- New toilet 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.
Your support will change this.
“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
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