Mwizenge s. Tembo
Professor of Sociology
On Saturday afternoon May 24 2014, I had just finished mowing the grass around my yard. It was a warm spring day. I sat by the small table under the pine tree in my back yard to rest before I could remove my coveralls or overalls. Thedogs were suddenly barking in the house which was usually the sign that someone was at the front door. There was no one in the house at the time. Sometimes the dogs barked if they saw the cat through the front door. After a while a man was on the back yard fence gate. He was an older man I had never seen before.
He sat down after I greeted him and I apologized for not running to the front door.
He told me he had this idea of wanting to provide clean drinking water to people in rural Africa. He said he had his own money. Would I be willing to help him?
I was surprised. I told him that he might be taking a huge risk because there is so much corruption in Africa. What if I got his money, drunk it, bought a brand new car, and flew to Las Vegas to go and gamble?
The elderly man laughed. He shook his head and said he had heard about me. He thought I was a good trusted man. I told him I was flattered.
He explained that he and his wife would provide the money for drilling the water boreholes, the cost of the hand driven water pumps, and the labor for the installation of the water pump. The village residents would contribute labor in carrying sand, crushing stones, and providing the water for the construction of the borehole water pump cement deck.
I finally told him he might be in luck and the people who will receive this gift of clean water will also be lucky. My brother and I had just gone through 6 years building the Village Library at NKhanga. The library was opened on December 8, 2012 and has now been operational serving hundreds of people in the community and many schools. We had gone through six difficult years from 2006 to 2012 of organizing people in the villages to execute the project. We had learnt some lessons about how to carry out the project. It had been very challenging but gratifying work.
I told the man I would propose the idea to my brother in the village and I would get back with him.
The man is Mr. Harry Showalter who is 90 years and is a member of the Mennonites. His house is on a farm about 5 minutes’ drive from my house across the North River in Ottobine.
The great news is that after 5 months of hard work including consultations, dozens of phone calls, text messages, and my brother conducting extensive research, organizing, and travelling 400 miles to Zambia’s capital city twice to buys pumps, the great news: the first 3 villages now have clean drinking water using the hand driven borehole pumps that have just been installed this week October 21 2014. Mission accomplished. The villages that now have clean water are Zibalwe, Chitamba and Kamzati. The next three villages have already asked to have the pumps installed as the news has spread like wild fire.
Ms. P. Zimba
Zanoba was established to encourage community to document, preserve and enjoy our traditional and culture in our respective communities in Zambia.
Zanoba Nkhanga Library Branch has so far achieved the following:
The Nkhanga Library has a Nursery School with total enrolment of 21 Girls 18 Boys total 39. The Nursery School is doing well in line with school performance. The Bank recruited 2 male and female volunteer teachers supervised by Madam Phelire Zimba supported by Banda Robert-the Board Secretary.
Zanoba in order to sustain its services the Bank has a field of sunflower where the Bank anticipate the income after sale (proceeds) to meet administrative costs.
Zanoba provides services to other organizations such as, Cooperatives, Marion Medical Mission (MMM) – Shallow wells, Churches, Govt. Schools and Football and Netball Community clubs within Nkhanga. Zanoba collaborates well with these mentioned organizations.
The Director: Mr. Vincent Tembo
Vice Director: Mrs. Phelire Zimba
Board Chairman: Mr. Pious Ndhlovu
Vice Chairman: Mrs. Mephas Ngulube
Secretary: Mr. Robert Banda
Treasurer: Mr. Listes Nkhoma
in-charge: Mr. Precious Zimba
Volunteers: Mr. Robert Phiri
Mr. Steven Nyirenda (Nursery Teacher)
Miss Brandina Nyirenda (Nursery Teacher)
OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Peace Corp Volunteer – Mr. Zach Hawarth (Nkhanga School Teacher)
Zanoba Founder Members – Mr. David Banda
Mr. Robin Nyoni
Mr. David Msimuko
Nkhanga School Teacher – Mr. Kelvin Zulu
Mr. Precious Banda
The board is in function and has in place Library attendance Register, Visitors Book and financial records.
So far 135 Beneficiaries of which 35 female and 100 male have been serviced since January 2015.
Organizations that came for the service are 11 in total since January 2015.
With limited resources Zamoba faces financial problem to meet the planned activities.
Ms. P. Zimba
Zambia Knowledge Bank Library has achieved the following activities:
There is an increase in number of pupil’s enrollment a total of 42 of whom 19 are boys and 23 are girls. The Nursery School-in-charge Mr. Precious Zimba together with the Executive Board did performance assessment and pupil’s performance is so encouraging. This is so due to commitment of volunteer teachers and the Board particularly Ms. Phelire Zimba who has lent much support.
Zambia Knowledge Bank Library grew Lima Sunflower and the yield has not been good due to poor rainfall this season. However, the Bank harvested 3 x 50 lb. bags (3 x 110 lbs) and wishes to process into cooking oil so that we add value to the crop and sell some the remaining for consumptions.
Zambia Knowledge Bank Library provides services to organizations (Ministry), clubs and individuals. Organization such as “SUN” (Scaling up Nutrition) conducted formatory meeting of the Nkhanga Ward Nutrition Coordinating Committee and Training Lead Farmers (LF) and Nutrition Support Group Leaders (NSGL).
Ministry of Agriculture also conducted Training on Farmer Registration data which was done successfully.
Individuals like THOKOZA NDHLOVU CHEWE aspiring MP for Chasetu constituency was impressed with the services and pledged to fund Zanoba.
→So far 30 beneficiaries have accessed library services of which 18 are male and 12 are female during the month.
With scarcity of funding Zambia Knowledge Bank faces financial problem to meet the planned activities.
PROPOSED SOLUTIONS AND WAY FORWARD
With availability of financial resources Zanoba wishes to recruit 4 permanent volunteers to administer Library services on daily basis.
Zanoba intends to put in place other viable income generating Activities that will sustain the Library and making it financially sound: such as poultry farming and gardening.
Increase Enrollment of Adult Literacy class during the month of July 2015.
Zambia Knowledge Bank Nkhanga Branch is doing very well in line with Reading Culture, Nursery School, clubs (Hooking club) women are meeting regularly; the Board is coordinating well.
Mrs. P. Zimba
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