PRISCILLA MWILA, Rufunsa
WORLD Vision Zambia, in partnership with Davis and Shirtliff, has donated a solar-powered water supply system to Kankumba community in Rufunsa district built at a cost of K150,000.
World Vision grants manager Dimuna Mwanza said the facility is expected to supply water to over 11, 000 people in Kankumba and other surrounding communities.
Ms Mwanza said, after handing over the facility on Saturday, that the gesture is part of the organisation’s water sanitation and hygiene programme being rolled out countrywide.
“The facility will provide water to Kankumba Rural Health Post, Kakumba Primary School and to villages. So far, we have 63 of the same kind in various communities countrywide. We are also targeting schools because we want children to learn in a clean environment,” she said.
Ms Mwanza said World Vision is working towards expanding the project’s scope so that 300 mechanised water facilities are set up countrywide by 2030.
She said the responsibility of improving the livelihood of vulnerable people should not be left to Government alone but all stakeholders should come on board.
And Kankumba Rural Health Post acting officer-in-charge Derrick Makwebo said the health facility has a maternity ward which needs to be kept clean all the time but this could not be the case because access to clean water was a challenge in the past.
Mr Makwebo said workers at the health post had to walk long distances to fetch water for patients.
“We had a challenge in the past because we had to walk long distances to access clean water. The maternity ward was our biggest problem because it needs to be kept clean due to the services it offers. But we are happy with this development because it will help us serve the community better,” he said.
Mr Makwebo said the health post recorded over 300 cases of water borne diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid and dysentery last year.
He commended World Vision for the donation and urged the organisation to continue reaching out to other vulnerable communities.
And Mary Mwale, a resident of Kankumba, said most people in the community fetch water from rivers in which animals defecate, a situation which exposes them to waterborne diseases.
She urged other organisations to emulate World Vision by partnering with Government in improving living standards of vulnerable communities.