In 2019 the Zambia government announced that all schools must provide a food production unit as the World Food Programme has recently withdrawn the provision daily school meals. After a year of drought it is imperative that schools create gardens to provide sustainable feeding programme for pupils, most especially for those walking long distances to gain an education.
Since 2006 The Butterfly Tree has funded boreholes for schools, clinics and communities. However, further steps must be taken to ensure that schools can provide sufficient food. As of 2022 we have installed 11 water reticulation pumping systems, powered by solar in the following areas:
Schools: Ngandu, River View, Matengu, Singwamba, Katapazi, Musokotwane.
Health posts: Bunsanga and Simonga
Communities: Muyunda, Musokotwane and Sekute
Solar powered submersible pumps used with a borehole will provide adequate water to irrigate a school garden. A water storage tank is also added. We have previously installed one for N’gandu school and community, and the first one to be completed this year was at Musokotwane Secondary School.
Thanks to a substantial grant award 6 water reticulation systems are being installed in 2020. As of November 5 have been installed – one for Bunsanga Rural Health Post and for the following schools: River View, Matengu, Singwamba, Katapazi with Chaba being the final one.