A non-Governmental organization (NGO) in Choma district has handed over modern toilets to two families living with disabilities in Zambia Compound constructed at cost of K8,000.
Choma district commissioner Bernadette Hamweemba who was represented by district community development officer Esther Kalonga during the handover of the two toilets yesterday said government was pleased with the NGO for helping the vulnerable in society.
Ms Hamweemba noted that if such efforts are sustained many vulnerable and poor people’s lives would uplifted.
She said government was pleased with Mmabana Community outreach of Choma for stretching an arm to help the vulnerable and urged other NGOs to emulate the gesture.
“To us as government this gesture is what we want to see other NGO’s doing in order for us to address numerous challenges faced by vulnerable and poor people in our society,” said Ms Hamweemba.
And Mubula ward councilor Annie Hamunyangwa said it was encouraging to see the organization assisting persons with disabilities and called for extension of the help to other poor families around Choma.
One of the beneficiaries Kenneth Siabwete who is living with a disability thanked the NGO and the government for facilitating the construction of the toilets.
Mmabana Community Outreach Executive Director Nosiku Kalonga said her organization identified the improvement of sanitary conditions for the two families as priority areas.
She also said since its establishment in 2008, the organization has supported 73 Orphans and vulnerable children with school requisites and 20 elderly people among other achievements.
But Ms Kalonga said the centre was facing a number of challenges including inadequate funds, lack of transport and skilled staff to further enhance its operations in Choma district.