Mawambala Primary School is a government school located in Kilolo district, which currently has 859 students (437 girls/422 boys) enrolled along with 14 teachers/staff members. Mawambala is one of many schools in the area which faces issues due to limited access to water.
Currently, students walk a minimum of 1.5 kilometers, multiple times daily, to fetch water from various unsafe sources around the village. Students typically end up spending more time fetching water and recovering from waterborne illness than they do studying, leading to poor performance on their exams. The water children are forced to fetch is of very poor quality leading to many cases of waterborne illnesses. The school needs a minimum of 8 barrels of water every day to meet their needs for drinking, washing hands, cooking and cleaning.
The overall objective of this project is to provide access to clean water for the students at Mawambala Primary School. Our implementing partner, St. Paul Partners (SSP), will install a borehole well with a hand pump located directly on the school compound. This will ensure students have access to enough safe water which will lead to more time in the classroom studying. Access to safe water will also have significant impacts on the health of the students, teachers and neighbors around the village.
The school will provide water to villagers around the school for a small fee. This will contribute to the sustainability of the project, as the school will have income for any necessary maintenance and repair. We believe that this project will be a life-changing addition to the school for current and future generations.
H2O for Life is not a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project implementer. We have partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implementing WASH in Schools projects around the world. Our NGO partners match funds needed for each school project. We also have a generous donor that provides us with an interest-free loan that, along with matching funds, allows for many projects to be started or possibly even completed before total funds have been raised. In rare situations we reserve the right to reallocate funds to alternate project(s).
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