Water for Kid's (WfK) key to success is working with our fellow professional Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) in Zambia, We are all committed to providing safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to reduce the spread of water-borne diseases.
The Zambian Institute of Environmental Health (ZIEH) has been managing WfK projects in Zambia since 2005. A past president expressed commitment to the partnership, he said "we see the importance of sharing the little resources we have with those in great need". Edgar Mulwanda, ZIEH Secretary and Environmental Health Manager at Lusaka City Council, manages the WfK projects on behalf of ZIEH.
In 2012 WfK started its first project in the Western Province of Zambia with Kaira Gunda of Kaoma Environmental Restoration Initiative. He trained as an Environmental Health Technician and has many years experience of working on water and sanitation projects with NGOs in Zambia.
The first WfK project in Zambia was in Kamaila where a solar powered water supply network was provided in the village and a new borehole was drilled at the school.
WfK and ZIEH then built two water kiosks in Fumbelo and Madimba and composting toilets in Madimba. These are peri-urban areas on the edge of the Lusaka.
In 2010 we completed a project to provide water to over 7,000 people in 7 villages and to the clinic, the school and the market in Chipapa. In addition 150 families built durable latrines with sanplats (sanitation platforms) provided by WfK.
Our project in Chongwe, involved refurbishing 5 protected wells and constructing two new ones. 100 sanplats were provided for families to build latrines. We are planning another project in the Chongwe area to provide water to a large school and clinic with a maternity room in Katoba.
The first WfK project in the Western Province of Zambia was in Mukunkiki, 400Km from Lusaka. This project had a strong emphasis on health education and sanitation. The core of it involved training thirty volunteers to become Hygiene Promoters to carry out hygiene education with each household and to encourage them to build latrines and tip-taps (simple structures for hand-washing). Two disused boreholes were also refurbished and brought back into use. A similar project is being planned in Liyoyelo and Namashe, two villages near Mukunkiki.
In Kalukundwe, also in Western Province, WfK and Kaira Gunda have replaced a broken down water pump and trained a water committee and a pump minder to ensure a safe and sustainable water supply.