By JOHN MUBAMBE
Kansanshi Mining Plc has handed over a borehole worth USD$6,470 to the Charity for Children and Youth Development in Mulemba Villa Township of Solwezi District.
Speaking during the official handover, Kansanshi Corporate Social Responsibility senior supervisor, Victor Nsana, reinforced the mine’s commitment to caring for orphans and vulnerable children through provision of clean and safe water for them.
Mr. Nsana lauded the partnership between The Charity Centre for Children and Youth Development and his company, which was tailored to improve the livelihood of vulnerable children.
He said Kansanshi had donated the borehole to improve the lives of the pupils, teachers and the communities around the institution in its quest to meet community needs and expectations.
“Kansanshi Mine is here to donate this borehole to improve the health of communities through a communal inspiration of a facility which will improve access to safe and suitable water supply to the people,” said Mr. Nsana.
Mr. Nsana also expressed gratitude to InAfrica Drilling and Exploration Company, a contractor which had professionally sunk a borehole providing clean and safe water.
He urged pupils to maintain a high standard of hygiene by keeping the area around the borehole clean to avoid the manifestation of water borne diseases.
“Kansanshi Mine has a concern about sanitation at this school and that is why we sponsored the construction of this borehole to improve access to clean water and hygiene” said Mr. Nsana.
Mr. Nsana revealed that Kansanshi Mining Plc would gladly assist sustainable orphanages like the Charity Centre for Children and Youth Development which are able to exist normally without the mine’s support.
Director of the Centre, Alex Bwaluka said the his centre’s partnership with Kansanshi Mine will continue yielding great results by bringing developmental projects aimed at poverty alleviation.
He said the availability of water in school will help in the increase of the number of children attending school and will help in enhancing production in various areas of the institution’s income generating activities.
Mr. Bwaluka was happy that the construction of the commissioned borehole would help his centre in the fight against the rampancy of Covid-19, which is a pandemic that has highlighted the need for effective and equitable water supply.
He appealed to Kansanshi Mine not to relent in aiding his institution by providing life skills, education support, disease awareness and prevention, micro-entrepreneurship skills as well as material support.
Charity Centre for Children and Youth Development is an organisation established to help vulnerable children, youth, women, and persons with physical challenges improve their standard of living.