PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
ROTARY club of Pamodzi is constructing 400 modernised pit latrines and boreholes at a cost of K1.3 million in Luchetekelo resettlement area in Chongwe district.
Rotary club director of projects George Tembo said the project will benefit over 1,000 households in the area.
Dr Tembo said this recently during the induction ceremony of the new club president Dorothy Kasonde.
“The boreholes and pit latrines are part of our water and sanitation project which we are carrying out in vulnerable communities. We want to improve hygiene and ensure people do not spread water-borne diseases, among others,” he said.
Dr Tembo said most people in Luchetekelo resettlement area have no toilets and use the bush to ease themselves, a situation he said is hazardous to their health, especially in rainy season.
He said the club is also carrying out education and sensitisation to ensure communities own the projects and devise means of maintaining the facilities.
Dr Tembo said the responsibility to develop rural areas should not be left to government alone.
He said it requires concerted effort from all stakeholders.
He reaffirmed the clubs commitment towards complementing government’s effort in improving people’s livelihoods.
Dr Tembo urged communities to be innovative and united and find ways of improving their lives.
And in-coming club president Dorothy Kasonde said the club will also set up a fund that will help sponsor vulnerable children to school in the areas where the club is implementing the project.
Dr Kasonde said the club is mobilising more resources to spread the projects to other parts of rural areas in Lusaka.