Libala Basic School is in a remote area 40km from Livingstone Town and provides an education for 435 pupils across eight local villages. In total these villages comprise 191 households. In October 2010 the school’s borehole ran dry and, since repairing it would require extensive work that wasn’t cost effective, the District Health Authority was forced to close it until the borehole could be replaced. The next borehole was over 2km away and running a school without fresh water could have resulted in outbreaks of dysentery and cholera.
Recognising that education was key to the community, Just a Drop collaborated with The Butterfly Tree, a charity supporting rural villages in Zambia, to drill a borehole and install a hand pump. The work was carried out by the nearest drilling company and with the help of the local community was completed in just three days.
After 10 months of closure Libala Basic School was finally able to reopen. The school now has a safe supply of drinking and bathing water which means that the children are cleaner, healthier and happier. The school is also now able to grow fruit and vegetables, which supplements the pupils' diets.
The water supply system will be carefully maintained by a school WASH committee comprising staff, parents and pupils so Libala Basic School should be able to remain open for many years to come. The children and staff are now also able to grow vegetables, which supplement the children's diets.
Date fo Project: 2011
Beneficiaries: 435 school children