Covid 19 is a great danger for African states. The very threatening economic situation in some countries makes it difficult for governments to face the threats of a pandemic.
We, from forest creates future, have made many friends here in Namwala (Zambia) and support a school with 2,100 children. We can't possibly leave these people alone now. That's why we started an action on April 20, 2020, coordinated with the Friends of the Secondary School Namwala.
It all started with a plan to educate the population of Namwala community. With the help of two teams, consultants and an employee of the hospital, as well as a representative of the government Dr. Munakasaka Chikuba. became the population i.e. 1,600 households visited, provided with auxiliary materials such as soap and masks, informed and instructed.
Maintaining a social distance from each other and washing hands thoroughly with soap and water were probably the most important measures that the entire population adopted.
The Lubanga Primary School received 25 new taps and 25 mobile washing stations, disinfectants, protective masks, a professional clinical thermometer and clear instructions for behavior in the school. Daily hand washing of the children when entering and leaving the school premises, social distance, registration in the event of corona symptoms, lessons in the open air and protection of teachers are just some of the measures in the school.
The establishment of an isolation ward for the Friends of the Secondary School together with the Namwala Hospital were a welcome addition and show us that it is worthwhile to work closely with other organizations, especially in times of crisis.
The two primary school teachers teach about 120 children in 2 classrooms under insufficient conditions. The few teaching aids and school desks are far from sufficient. Every day, the children run barefoot up to 10 km each morning and evening to reach their school.
With an immediate measure, we were able to alleviate part of the need by purchasing 10 new school desks.
Together with the village community, the parents and the teachers, further measures such as equipping additional school desks, purchasing school materials, improving hygienic conditions and necessary building repairs will be discussed, planned and implemented at the beginning of 2020.
Here is the old school building of the Lishima School. With a roof renovation, masonry repairs and the installation of a floor, the urgently needed 3rd class of the school could be accommodated here with little effort.
A fountain for the Lubanga Shabongwe Basic School in Namwala Zambia
A Collaboration with the Swiss Association for the Promotion of the Namwala Secondary School Zambia and the Board Member Johannes van der Weijden enabled the foundation "Forest Creates the Future" to realize the Projekt quickly and pragmatically. Next to the Lubanga Shabongwe Prymary School a deep well of 55 m with elevated tank and water distribution was built. The 2,150 pupils benefit from this.