Kamwi Village is in a remote area in the Mukuni Chiefdom, within the Victoria Falls environs, stretching along the Zambezi river line. Annual rainfall has been low (between 600mm and 850mm) over the last 46 years, causing local streams to dry up over time.
The only source of meaningful income in the village is wood based curio carving and selling, which does not fully support the local community. Compounding the high poverty levels, are a considerable number of orphans – many of whom have lost their parents to AIDS.
Kamwi Basic School had to share a borehole with the community – a 20minute walk from the school and a difficult task to carry water when the temperatures reach 40°.
Now that the school has its own borehole, life has improved for both students and teachers alike. For example:
- There is now a local, safe, clean water for the pupils and teachers
- The school has been able to grow vegetables for its feeding programme
- A village water committee has been stablished, which is responsible for maintenance and for educating the children on the protection and preservation of water.
What’s more, the project only took three days to complete!
Project Sponsor: Jeffery Family / Date of Project: 2010 / Beneficiaries: 140 pupils and 3 teachers.