What’s the use of new kitchen units, a kitchen sink, 3 hand basins and showers if you don’t have water? They look beautiful but in practical terms are useless. That’s why we have been doing all in our power to secure a reliable water supply by drilling a new 100 metres deep borehole. It was to commence in the first two weeks of June but it didn’t happen due to a delay in funds getting to us but is underway now.
Since we cater to 138 students and 15 staff we must get the bore sunk and water running to keep the place alive. With another block of four classrooms in the pipe-line, the demands on water for concreting will be even greater. Then, more children will be admitted to the school which will mean even more intense demands on the water – the while gold of the 21st Century.
By September we were able to purchase and install the 75KVA Genset, and the kitchen units mentioned above. As well as that we concreted old footings in preparation for a home for the at-risk children, but currently, it is being used as a dry play area.
School’s in for Term 4
All classes have been running normally since 21 September 2020 albeit, observing Social Distancing and obligatory masking, accompanied by frequent washing of hands.
Due to the mental stress of COVID-19 we have continued with psychological and spiritual counselling (One man was recently prevented from suiciding.) as this service is far more needed now than previously. In this vein, We have encouraged children and youth to participate in sport.
Got to Eat to Live
During these hard times and considering the suffering of the children in their homes, we have continued to provide breakfast to 30 students. All 105 students receive lunch five days a week. This is to help the children who are sick with HIV/AIDS and on very strong medication, as well as those who are malnourished and sick from other diseases like malaria, to have a reasonable food intake once or twice a day. To some, this is the only meal they have from one day to the next. Poverty is a stark reality and continues to increase at an alarming rate.
Apart from 138 students and 15 staff members, there are over 200 indirect beneficiaries of this project: the students’ family members and 12 workers working on the construction of a fence around the property, a vital structure for the security of the children.
Gratitude & Help Us
We are grateful to God that we are still alive and able to provide these services to the community during Covid 19 and also that He has preserved HADA to continue with your good services to help the needy in different Societies, especially Zambia. If you would like to see this work develop quicker and more effectively you can donate to it by clicking on the Donate Button on this page. Thank you.