A total of 12 boreholes and 20 pit latrines were handed over at a ceremony witnessed by members of both communities as well as members of the local town council, media organisations, the Local Church Council, representatives from the mines and traditional leaders.
The ceremony was characterized by cultural song and dance by members of the community, a sign of appreciation for the gift which will transform their lives, with the ribbon-cutting ritual symbolizing the handover of the facilities to the two communities.
In a devotion delivered after reading from the book of Luke 16:1-12 Rev Gondwe of the Reformed Church of Zambia (RCZ) called on beneficiaries of the project to be good stewards and managers of the gifts that God has given them. He also encouraged them to work together in taking good care and maintaining of the facilities handed over to them.
At the same handover ceremony Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) Head of Programs Abraham Chikasa, described the project as the work of God delivered to his people through the mandate of the church to propagate Christian Values and Human Dignity as a transformative impact of the church. He encouraged beneficiaries to lobby the local council to bring the much needed development in the area.
And Sub Chief Mufwala of Shinenge’ne commended CCZ for the job well done making comparison to other NGO’s who have been to the area to access the needs of the community by gathering information and taking pictures but never came back. Speaking while kneeling down before the people in attendance, the sub-chief called on the members of the community to appreciate the positive development that CCZ and its partners has brought to the area.
And a representative of the mining companies James Mashimango of Trident Foundation, commended CCZ for the role it has played in creating a peaceful platform between all stakeholders in the area, especially between the community and mining investors. (By Adrian Mendoza- Global Mission Fellow)