Handyman’s Paradise has donated a solar energy submersible water pump worth K13,000 to George secondary School to improve the water supply at the school.
The water pump, which has been installed, is helping the community school in a lot of ways such as access to safe water, adequate and proper hygiene.
It is said access to safe drinking water can reduce illness and death leading to improved health, poverty reduction and socio-economic development.
Handyman’s Paradise’s Ndola branch manager Jody Kruger said the solar water pump would provide the school with a solution to the numerous difficulties it faces with its water supply.
“As we all know water is a vital aspect of life since it develops a self-sustenance culture through its significant importance in the growth and development of foods consequently lives,” he said.
He said the donation was vital to the school as it would aid the school in its mission to sustain the lives of its students, teachers and other school staff by giving them access to a reliable source of water.
“As a representative of the company it gives me great pleasure to witness the installation of the pump as the school has a mission to grow its own food and to generate an income from the excess food grown,” Mr Kruger said.
He said his company hoped that the donation of the high quality pump would enhance the school’s position of making teaching and learning a priority since water problems will be a thing of the past.
Mr Kruger urged other companies to do the same saying education was a shared responsibility nationwide and we must work together as a team for the future of our children and the development of our nation.
Libby Hills, from PEAS which runs the community school located in Ndola’s Twapia area said the staff and students at George Secondary School have been working hard to generate income for the school, and also to grow their own food. However, despite their best efforts, it has proved a real challenge – mainly due to the difficulties in the water supply.
“This has been a real barrier for the school, so now having a solar powered irrigation system installed will vastly improve their ability to generate income for the school and run sustainably,” she said.
PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) is a UK-based charity whose mission is to unlock the potential of Africa by delivering equal access to affordable, quality secondary education.
Currently the school only has a hand pump and no electricity, and as a result in the dry season it is very difficult, almost impossible, for the school to grow food.
Thus, the donation of a solar pump would ease the water burden at the school of 262 pupils located in the outskirts of Ndola.