Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) in partnership with The United Methodist Church (UMC) Global Health Unit has started implementing a US$50, 000.00 Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Menstrual Health Management (WASH-MHM) Project in Zambezi District, North-Western province.
The project is being implemented in four schools in the district namely Chitokoloki Secondary School, Chinyingi Secondary School, Chizenzi Basic School and Kasesi Basic School, with the objective of providing access to improved water sources and sanitation facilities.
The project is also aimed at empowering the schools to understand hygienic practices and in particular to menstruation hygiene for secondary-aged school girls. The project will provide about 20 ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines, 3 hand-pump water sources, narrow water dispensers, and hand washing stations to all the four schools. It will also promote construction of safe waste disposal pits and training on water treatment, WASH and MHM, and local sanitary towel making.
CCZ conducted consultative meetings with the Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) to explain the concept of the project, share the ownership with them, solicit their input, commitment to support and participate in the implementation of the project. The PTA identified the sites where the latrines and the water pumps will be built.
Explaining to the stakeholders during the consultative meeting, Global Mission Fellow Adrian Mendoza said “We want you to understand the importance of this project and to feel that you are part of the design and decision making of this project. We want to give you the opportunity to take part in implementing this project so that you can take pride in its success and be able to tell to everyone how you have helped in bringing change and development to your schools and community”.
This is the second project that CCZ is implementing at the four schools in Zambezi District in partnership with the UMC Global Health after successfully completing the implementation process of the Imagine No Malaria Project in 2016. The school authorities at all the project sites and officers at the Zambezi District Commissioner’s office are in support of the project and appreciate development that is being brought to Zambezi through the CCZ/UMC partnership.