Kapiri Rural Area, Zambia, Africa | Administrated By: Community of Kapiri
Students: 200 | Faculty: 3 | Estimated Cost: $100,000 USD
Partners: V & S Foundation and Manu Foundation
These are community schools for children living in the rural area. The nearest town is 52 kilometers (about 32 miles) away. Because of the distance, the local parents have come together to organize a school in an attempt to educate their children. The school needs formal facilities for learning, hygiene, as well as learning supplies so the government can provide teachers to improve the quality of education. With these new improvements, we will positively impact this campus and help create a more educated student body.
This project requires a lot of assistance because maintenance and improvements have been left to community to fund. What little money they have to give to the school has resulted in teaching the children inside old dilapidated, unsafe structures. This project needs classrooms as well as toilets, school supplies, textbooks, desks and a playground. To save on costs, the parents and local community have committed to helping with construction and other labor to bring the school up to new standards.
We are building an entirely new and structurally sound classroom building complete with three (3) different rooms for the kids to learn. There will also be new bathrooms included in the development plans. To support the daily function of the school, we will dig hole for a new water well that will be powered by a solar pump.
Additional Improvements and Costs
- School Supplies | $2,000
- Textbooks | $5,000
- Toilet Facility | Approximately $30,000
- Desks | $10,000
BOTTOM LEFT: The current classroom does not have walls, and the ceiling is made of foraged wood and dried grass.
BOTTOM RIGHT: The floor of the classroom is uneven dirt, which makes desks unstable and hard to use. The chalk board used for learning is a dusty, hard-to-write-on surface.
BELOW: There are a lot of children at the school who get crammed into each classroom. The lack of space doesn’t allow for desks or other important learning tools for the children.
ABOVE: The new foundation and start of the wall construction shows the size of the new classrooms, which are much larger than before, and will break up children by age group to tailor learning to each one’s academic ability.
BELOW: The structure and a solid roof was completed in April 2023.
ABOVE LEFT: The new water tank was installed after drilling a deep hole.
ABOVE RIGHT: A woman in the community uses the new water well for her daily water needs. Because of the rural nature of the community, the well is the only access to clean water for the families.
BELOW: A woman in the community uses the new water well for her daily water needs. Because of the rural nature of the community, the well is the only access to clean water for the families.