Mambanje is one of the remotest Villages in the Dete area – situated on the eastern border of Hwange National Park, less than 2km from the Park Boundary .
The village and school did not have any electricity and they relied on water from well points in the dry river bed which is very laboursome and time consuming and also does not provide safe drinking water. The Borehole pump was not working and after we had it fixed, it became too deep to pump by hand.
All this has changed thanks to Rotary Club of Sorrento and Elefence International!!!
Last week Bob McGowan’s Team from Zakrac arrived at Mambanje School to put up the Solar Panels and Borehole pump.
National Parks lifted the hand pump on the Sunday and Zakrac installed the eight Solar Panels over the next few days. The panels will provide the electricity to pump the water out of the borehole and into the Tank which allows the Students and Villagers to now simply open a tap to get water, which is such a small thing to people who live in towns and first world countries, but it is a HUGE accomplishment for this village in remote Zimbabwe.
The Panels are also providing electricity to light up the classrooms and teachers house, which will encourage teachers to stay and teach in this village. In the past this school has seen a high turnover of staff due to the remoteness and lack of basic human rights.
The men and women of Mambanje turned up to help dig the trench for the pipes and assist Bob and his team where ever an extra set of hands was needed.
The community has also been preparing a vegetable garden which is now ready to go that there is water readily available. This garden will provide nutritious fresh vegetables to the 120 children at the school of which the majority are orphan and vulnerable children.
The new term begins on the first week of September and what a huge improvement the children will come back to for the last term of 2014!
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