Conclusion of Mumana Lupando Spring Box Project – Zambia
The project was to improve a water source by digging it deeper and building a spring box, lined with stones and cement and covered with a cement cap.
Construction itself took 2 1/2 days and was supervised by an engineer from Rural Water in Kasama, Zambia.
The biggest hang-up was the community contribution - 1,000 bricks, 1 ton of crushed stone, and K 2,500 (~50 cents) donated from every household to buy planks. In Zambia, people are used to flat-out gifts from donors and move at their own time, so it took many months to get these materials.
Edwin Chitoshi and BanaAmose Mwenya were especially vital to the success of the project.
Two additional improvements are scheduled, the plastering of the top of the spring box and construction of a wall to direct water flow and prevent erosion.
Nikki reports on how the project was received:
There's been a lot of positive response to the new spring box, and the women like it very much.
Thank you again on behalf of Mumana Lupando village.
We again wish to thank The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust, with the help of friends and family of Peace Corps Volunteer Nikki Barren, for providing the funds for this project.