Remote Chance in Zambia

Our project officers must travel to incredibly remote places to reach some of the projects we support—but they’re well worth the effort. Take the Chikankata catchment area in Zambia, for example. That’s where our ministry partner is spearheading the Chikankata Water Project to give wells, latrines, and health training to each of 35 villages.

Villagers cleared and widened a footpath by hand to make way for a borehole-drilling rig so they could finally get clean, safe, water in this remote area of Zambia.

Getting there, however, is quite an ordeal. The 80-mile drive to the Chikankata mission is the easy part. Reaching the remote villages from there is another story. Villagers don’t own cars, so there are no roads. But they cleared and widened footpaths by hand to make a “road” of sorts into each village so a borehole-drilling rig could be driven in. Driving a car over these hand-hewn roads “is like riding on an old wooden roller coaster, only worse,” said Tony Mator, a staff member who just returned from visiting the project.

But the end result will be worth every lurch, when thousands of people will no longer risk dying of cholera or other water-related diseases. Nor will they have to spend their days hauling water from far-away sources. They will be able to draw clean, safe water out of their own village well.

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