The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) has handed over water facilities and an ablution block to Bunda Primary School in Lilongwe to ease water challenges the school was facing.
Luanar Faculty of Agriculture deputy dean Joseph Chimungu said the water problem was a challenge at the school as learners and teachers were forced to draw water from Luanar’s Bunda Campus.
He said: “Being a nursery for our college, we felt we should do something to support the school so that learners should migrate from using old pit latrines to water closet facilities.”
Bunda Primary School head teacher Godfrey Mlewa said lessons were being disrupted due to lack of water. He said the situation compromised learner’s health, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Luanar Agriculture Engineering Department head Grivin Chipula said the project was funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering of the United Kingdom as part of the Covid-19 prevention support for the school.
“We submitted a K20 million proposal for the project which was approved, leading to the successful implementation of the project which brings a relief not only to the students, but their teachers too,” he said.
The facilities include solar pumped water from a borehole using submersible water pipes, reservoir tank, water taps around the school, and an ablution block for boys and girls.