Mukunkwa is one of the most remote rural communities Fola has ever partnered with. It is accessible only by an ox-cart or four-wheel drive vehicle along well worn footpaths and through the bush, situated approximately 2 hours from Chitanda town, southwest of Lukanga swamp.
We learned of Mukunkwa Community School through the volunteer head teacher, who visited our project at Chowe (now Muluulu Primary School, located 20kms away). Upon arriving at Mukunkwa, the Fola team discovered over 800 students who had been learning for the past 5 years in a thatched structure, a former piggery, as well as under the trees. The only water source for the teachers and children was a shallow, hand-dug, unsanitary well.
Fola quickly negotiated with a drilling company that was willing to access the site, to drill a 50m-deep, clean-water borehole to serve the school and community. With transportation being a major obstacle, Fola has been able to mobilize the community and find construction suppliers willing to risk the challenging journey with their trucks, to build a new 1 x 3 classroom block and equip them with 90 desks.
The building is complete and will be handed over to the community in November 2020. Despite this remarkable progress, the need remains great for additional classroom blocks and teacher housing.
Mukalashi Medical Clinic
Health Care, Rural Clinic
Expected: December 2020
With the nearest health facilities in Chibombo town (15km) and Kabwe District (35km), the community of Mukalashi must travel long distances by foot to access basic health services. The breadth of the Mukalashi community consists of 26 villages with an approximate combined population of 10,000. It is close to the main Great North Road, a major transportation artery that stretches from the Zambian capital of Lusaka to the Copper Belt in the North, and beyond to the Congo. It is easy to understand how regular road traffic accidents drive an incremental need for health services in this area.
Fola's plan for and development of a Health Center facility in Mukalashi will provide a range of valuable health services including: Clinical and Diagnostic Services; Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Services; and Health Promotion and Education. Upon completion, it will not only be a life-giving and life-saving solution for 10,000 in the immediate catchment, but is likely to benefit a wider population of up to 35,000 citizens that will be referred from other communities.
The project is presently 80% complete on the main building’s construction.
Malambanyama Secondary School
Education, Primary School
Situated approximately halfway between the main Great North Road and the rural township of Chitanda, Malambanyama has the largest government primary and secondary school with over 1,800 students enrolled. Originally constructed in 1954, this school has had little to no investment over the past 6 decades and has fallen into disrepair. When you add to this the impact of the annual rains and the school being located in a declared flood zone, it is no wonder that the foundations and walls are crumbling -- leading to dangerous structures still being used for classes.
Beyond the deteriorated structure, the overcrowding has also resulted in many of the students learning outside and under trees, sitting on concrete blocks, or crammed together with four learners to a single desk. This makes for impossible circumstances for children to learn.
Fola has constructed a new 1 x 3 classroom block, with 100 desks in the three classrooms, to accommodate secondary school students and relieve the overcrowding of the existing classrooms.
Nonetheless, with so many students, there is an outstanding need for an additional 1 x 3 classroom, more desks, and new staff houses.
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