It was a sight to see at Nsobe Trust School. For the first time, fresh drinking water is flowing in the school’s water fountains and drinking taps.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected everything, including Reece Grant recipients and their ability to be on-site. Unfortunately, Grant recipient Phil wasn’t able to travel to Zambia to see the project to fruition. Luckily, Fiona Tomlinson, the director of the Nsobe Trust School, has been managing the project on the ground, leveraging local talent.
That progress has paid off. Most of the work at the school is now complete — that means drinkable water, for the first time at Nsobe Trust School. For over 260 local kids, it’s giving them clean water out of a tap for the first time that doesn’t require trekking two kilometres to fetch. Fetching water is often a task that’s handled by the children and women in the community; this gives them back valuable time to spend in the classroom, with their family, or simply being kids.
The new bore also gives teachers a source of fresh water, which means more time to plan lessons and work in the classroom, and locals close to the school are able to supplement their trips with a more accessible water source.
Tapping the spring for the broader community to access, including restaurants and accommodation, is also nearly complete. 5-metre tanks have been installed near the spring to kick-start the gravity feed, and water runs one kilometre downhill to the the village. The final touches, including burying the spring and pipe, will be finished in the coming weeks.
Finally, the school has received more aid. With the help of Rotary International, they were able to construct a new ablution block, providing students with the first flushing toilets they’ve ever seen. With the help of the Reece Grant, they now have the water to use it.
Phil says while he’s not sure the next time he’ll be able to get back to Zambia, the ongoing success has been heart-warming to see. “Even though we weren’t able to get there, the Reece Grant is now benefitting the students, the teachers, and the community at Nsobe, every day.”