WVZ gives Vulamukoko clean water
Katete, February 27,2014, ZANIS ……Katete District Commissioner colonel Peter Kaisa has praised World Vision International for sinking five boreholes in vulamukoko ward.
The district commissioner who officiated at the handover ceremony of the five boreholes at Musale village, drilled at a cost of K168,300 urged the communities to guard the water facilities jealously.
Colonel Kaisa said government was committed to ensuring that people have access to safe and clean drinking water as close to their households as possible.
The district commissioner however noted that government needs the support of cooperating partners such as World Vision in order to achieve this goal.
He said that government was aware about the long distances some rural communities are still walking to access safe and clean water.
Colonel Kaisa who could not hide his joy to receive the boreholes on behalf of the community said Vulamukoko Ward has for a long time affected by water borne diseases.
He however stated that the boreholes would bring about a reduction in diarrhea cases which were a nuisance as people used to share water points with animals.
Meanwhile , World Vision Zambia Central Region Operations Manager Dimuna Mwanza has reiterated her organizations commitment to supplement government efforts in uplifting the wellbeing of children and communities.
Mrs. Mwanza said World Vision believes that once people have access to safe and clean water with proper sanitation cases of under five children disease burden can be controlled.
She said testimonies among communities where World Vision has done similar works have proved that improved hygiene coupled with safe and clean water are major contributing factors to development.
She further encouraged the communities to ensure that they form working committees that will look at the maintenance of the water points.
And Vulamikoko Ward Councilor Jeremiah Mwale said the ward has recorded a reduction in gender based violence cases related to suspicion over the delays experienced in accessing clean water due to long distances they had to cover to draw water.
Mr Mwale explained that in the past men used to batter their wives as they were taking long whenever they went to fetch water.
In a related development, World Vision Zambia recently handed over 60 bicycles to community health volunteers and 255 desks to a number of schools in Katete district.