Help UP Zambia Raise Matching Funds for Rise Again Project

UP Zambia and Build It International are currently implementing the Rise Again Project funded by the European Union. This project seeks to provide services to over 1500 juveniles in specific correctional facilities over a three-year period. One of the significant activities involves building an ablution block (shower/toilet facility) for teens detained at Katombora Reformatory School near the southern border of Zambia.

Katombora Reformatory School has one ageing ablution block for 170 teens living at the School. This means that there is only one toilet per 42 teens. The situation has now become even direr due to lack of water supply to the ablution block. This has forced the teens to resort to open defecation leading to outbreaks of water-borne diseases. Lack of functioning showers leads teens to bathe in the nearby river which has dangerous currents and wildlife. Currently, teens spend hours hauling water for daily use at the school.

What we would like to do

The Rise Again project seeks to design and build a functioning ablution block which includes toilets and showers and its own solar-powered water supply and rainwater collection system. Teens at the school will participate in the build to develop basic construction skills and develop a sense of ownership. This new structure will ensure all teens at the School have access to functioning toilets and showers, reducing the toilet-to-child ratio and allowing teens to improve personal hygiene. The extra ablution block will also reduce the risks to the teens from waterborne diseases and river bathing. The construction will be carried out by our NGO partner Build It International. UP Zambia needs to raise $36,000 in matching funds for the Rise Again Project.