VISITING Luxembourg donor Patrick Reinert says Zambia must think about finding its own solutions in addressing challenges affecting its people. Handing over boreholes that his organisation Kindernothilfe in partnership with Choma Children Development Project (CCDP) has drilled and rehabilitated in chief Cooma’s chiefdom, Reinert said sustainable development can only be achieved if people are empowered.
“Zambia must think about finding its own solutions in addressing challenges affecting its people especially in rural areas,” Reinert said.
He said access to clean water must be the Zambian government’s priority. Reinert said that there was need for enough boreholes in communities to reduce the long distances that people travel to access clean water. He said KNH Luxembourg was interested in helping Zambian children in need through various interventions that could better their lives such as gardening and tree planting among others. Reinert said education was another key element that can change the future of young people hence the need not to allow them to drop out of school.
Headman Chibuno thanked KNH and CCDP for rehabilitating a borehole in his village. Chibuno said people were sharing water sources with livestock. Sikalongo ward councillor Samuel Sakala pledged to continue working with partners in addressing the challenges people were facing in the area. Sakala said it was only through partnership that rural development could be actualised. CCDP coordinator Cornwell Hademu said his organisation’s priority was to ensure that children and women’s livelihood in communities improved.
“In our quest to help communities in partnership with KNH, we have empowered women with fertiliser and seeds, drilled and rehabilitated boreholes, carry out sensitisation programmes about children’s rights as well as promoting women Self Help Groups,” said Hademu.