Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Toilet and Shower Block for Ciyanjano


I don't know about you, but when it's hot and dry and dusty and smoky, the thing that sounds good is WATER! Lots of it. Gallons of cold clean water to drink or maybe a nice long shower. When Ciyanjano hosts camps from the churches in the poorest areas of Lusaka, we'd love to be able to bless them with something that is unavailable or impossible for them at home. Right now we only have a double, back-to-back, long drop ablution. In other words, an outhouse with four stalls with holes in the ground. For a camp of 50 or more people, this is unhygienic and culturally unacceptable. In order to make our campground a safe and comfortable place for people to take care of their bathing and toilet routines while staying with us, we really need an appropriate facility. Right now we have a grant from a great church to help us get started on this project which will have 10 showers and 10 toilets! ACTION Zambia director Tim Hilty has been trying hard to get our plans passed through the dreaded Lusaka Provincial Planning Authority and the Kafue District Council. Let me tell you that since I went through these offices for building the Ciyanjano Coordinator house things have not improved!! We still need funding to complete this project and prayers to get it done in the face of rising prices and growing bureaucracy! Give to Ciyanjano and help us get this done before the hottest season of the year by clicking here. Part of the grant that we already received included building a strong, permanent water tap for a number of families in our community. Here in Africa it is usually the children who are responsible for drawing and carrying water. Those families nearest us were traveling up to 2k to draw water. Others were closer but were having to carry multiple bottles of water in a wheelbarrow or take many trips up and down a steep and ruined road over the stream that runs through bottom of our property. The new water tap saves time, effort and energy for the children of these families and is safer than going up and down the steep hill with a heavy wheelbarrow. So a big thanks for those that have given!

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