Renovation of the old ablution blocks of the girls’ section

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After the repair of the sewer pipes in March, the sewer still did not flow off properly and we had to start using the new sewer pipes for the old ablution blocks of the girls’ section. They were laid last year to replace the old ones but not yet connected. This again required adaptions inside the old buildings and therefore we decided to do this overall renovation as well. After the connection, the sewer system worked well. On Monday 29. May was the handover of the renovated buildings during a ceremony in presence of a representative of the District Commissioner.

Brian Chilala mounted additional supports for the sinks to prevent their ripping off the weak walls.

A tour on the school premises and the renovated ablution blocks with the District Administration Officer and representative of District Commissioner Mrs Doreen Mwenda Hadunka (middle), with the member of the PTA board and project supervisor Joseph Chipindi (second on the right), and headteacher Robinson Mulamfu (far right).

Handover ceremony with the pupils in the assembly hall.

Project supervisor Joseph Chipindi interviewed grade 12 pupil Doris Mulenga (VIDEO) about the opening of the new ablution blocks in February and the renovated ablution blocks in May. One should know that after the opening of the new ablution blocks in February each block was allocated to two hostels. This clear allocation will surely help to keep the building cleaner, because the responsibility is well defined. Doris obviously belonged to the pupils who had to use one of the old ablution blocks, which were not yet renovated at that time. Now she happy that she is able to share nice facilities with her friends.

Deputy head teacher Mukela Kalunga wrote this mail before we sent the 4. Newsletter:

Dear Hans

I have read through the newsletter you are planning to publish. I must say I have no objection to the lay out and information being communicated. I want to believe that this newsletter will be stuck on the Namwalafriends official website for everyone to read and see what this great association has been doing to the school.

In your letter, you have raised quite key issues concerning the financial status of the school. I want to absolutely conquer with you. The financial situation of the school is now worsening by the day, especially that our request to increase the school fees has not yet been granted. We are therefore stuck with the K 1000 (CHF 100) as school fees, which might not even be enough for feeding the pupils.

The resolve by Namwalafriends to continue what I may call tedious journey of supporting the school cannot go without commendation. I must lament that you have been with the school through thin and thick and have supported us all the way.

When most people come to visit the school on different missions, official and personal, they cannot believe that the school is as old as 50 years. The glass pens remain intact, the sanitary conditions are superb, particularly with the upgrade of the sewer system, building of the new ablution block and now the renovation of the old ablution block. These visitors wonder how we manage to do all this. Thanks to Namwalafriends.

I have no doubt that most well-wishers who will have an opportunity to read this newsletter about these great works Namwalafriends have done at the institution, will be galvanised into action, take a leading role in supporting this noble cause.

On behalf of Namwala Secondary School Board, Administration and Student populace, I would like to thank you and Namwalafriends association board members for the indelible acts that you have been doing for the ordinary and needy pupils of Namwala Secondary School, the Namwala community and the education system at large in our country. So, I say carry on with the newsletter, as it bears news of hope and progressive ideas for the institution.

We shall ever remain indebted to our friends.

Best regards

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