Well construction for 1TCC and Makululu

Access to clean drinking water for the 1TCC and the surrounding neighbourhood

n mid-July, we launched an appeal for donations for the construction of a water well for our Children Center 1TCC in the district of Makululu in Kabwe, Zambia. The construction started at the end of October and we were able to inaugurate the well with hand pump personally at the beginning of December.

Review – water supply up to now

Two women had to scoop water daily from a far away waterhole and then carry it to the Children Center. Here the water was used for washing hands and drinking water for the 270 students of the 1TCC. With a well on the 1TCC’s property, we not only wanted to save the two women from this arduous daily work, but also to give the children and teachers of the 1TCC reliable access to clean water.

Beginning of well construction – an unexpected obstacle and its creative solution

Thanks to the support of the donors, drilling of the borehole began on 30.10.2018. It turned out that the soil did not allow a deep borehole. As a result, it was decided to dig two boreholes, each 30 metres deep. A hand pump was installed at one of the boreholes to allow the surrounding neighbourhood access to drinking water. The other borehole was equipped with a submersible pump (pump capacity: 2.5 litres/sec.) and a storage tank of 5000 litres at a 6 m tank level. The latter will then supply the children of the 1TCC as well as the participants of various events of our local partner organisation JIFAN Association with water on a daily basis.

Inauguration of the first well – an emotional and beautiful moment

As part of our visit to Kabwe, we were able to inaugurate the water well with hand pump at the beginning of December 2018. More than 200 children, teenagers and adults attended the opening ceremony and we were warmly welcomed with singing and dancing. Every day up to 100 households use this well and the people are very grateful and happy about it. For the commissioning of the electric well we are still waiting for the electricity connection, which will be completed in the coming weeks.

Hintergrund – Stadtviertel Makululu und unser  1TCC

With more than 90,000 inhabitants, the huge Makululu slum is currently considered the largest township in southern Africa. Many inhabitants live in small, self-built wooden or clay houses and there is a lack of basic infrastructure such as water pipes, sewers, sanitary facilities, electricity network, etc.. There are a few widely scattered public wells that often dry out during the dry season or are out of order due to technical problems. Mostly people scoop water from water holes in the ground and carry it for the daily use up to several kilometres back to their homes. The consumption of contaminated water leads to the spread of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery.

Many children in Kabwe are half or full orphans because their parents have died of AIDS or other diseases or the father has left the family. Kabwes’ (single) parents often work during the day to earn a living for their family and therefore they often cannot take care of their children during this time. In Kabwe there is a lack of childcare places and especially in the poor districts many parents cannot finance a regular school attendance of their children for several years. We want to contribute to the improvement of this situation and are therefore establishing Children Centers, which the children can visit free of charge and where they are also taught according to their age. Since the 1TCC (One Tree Children Center) in Makululu was founded at the beginning of April 2018 and 7 volunteer teachers regularly teach the children, the number of pupils has grown steadily. Currently, up to 370 children and adolescents attend the 1TCC. Here they will learn the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. The kids are highly motivated and eager to learn. We want to promote them and support them on their way to a good school education and subsequent vocational training.

Education is fundamental to a self-determined and independent life and one of the most effective means of combating poverty and exploitation.

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