Club Name:  Rotary club of Kasama Central

Name of the Project: Construction of Male and Female Pupils Hostels at Chilekwa Mwamba Day School

Objectives:  What you plan to achieve by the end of your project?

  • Providing a comfortable and healthy accommodation for pupils as they access free education.
  • Making the school self-sustaining by investing in agricultural and horticultural farming. In the farm we grow tomatoes, indigenous vegetables and keep poultry and eggs.
  • Providing renewable energy at the school and rainwater harvesting system.

Area of focus: What area of focus does the project support?

  • Water and sanitation
  • Economic and community development

Community Needs: What primary needs were identified before project initiation?

  • Chilekwa Mwamba Day School in Kasama District is situated 58km away from Kasama Business Centre. As it is the only secondary school in the area, pupils must travel great distances to get to school. As a way of mitigating the distance challenge, parents arranged for their children to rent accommodation in the villages near the school. This resulted in the pupils being exploited and abused for cheap labour, and the girl child forced into early marriages and teenage pregnancies.
  • Two old run down structures were identified and turned into weekly boarding hostels, one for boys and one for girls, accommodating 40-50 pupils each. However, the facilities are so dilapidated and old and have no cooking area and no sanitary facilities such as water, washrooms, windows, beds, and beddings making them very inhabitable. While the hostels can accommodate up to 100 pupils, they currently only accommodate 50 pupils.

Category: What category does your project fall under? Planned Project, Ongoing Project, or Completed Project.

  • Planned project.

Direct Beneficiaries: Who are the direct beneficiaries of this project?

  • The pupils that need to cover the long distances and under privileged children and orphans in the school community.



Indirect Beneficiaries: Who are the indirect beneficiaries of this project?

  • The community.

Sustainability: How sustainable is the project and what have you done to ensure sustainability?

  • After the project completion, the school building with its newly established facilities shall be handed over to the school administration for continued management and administration.
  • All the stakeholders, particularly the parents and the communities through the chiefdom, will be mandated to be contributing their local harvests (i.e. beans and maize) for the pupils in boarding for joint ownership to continue the programme.
  • Income Generating Activities (IGAs) will be promoted to sustain the project. The IGAs will be ensured by the selling of vegetables and other crops, as well as the pig and chicken products that will be produced, individual and corporate donors, applying for government funding, community investments and the school’s own fund operational grants from the government.
  • A rainwater harvesting structure will be installed at the rooftop and shall be useful during the droughts.
  • Investing in renewable energy sources such as biogas and solar energy.
  • The pupils, teaching and non-teaching staff shall be urged to take ownership of cleanliness of the premises and use the facilities properly.
  • The school will also manage the garden, piggery and poultry production and its feeding for improved nutrition and revenue generation.

Partners: Who are your project partners?

Budget: What is the project budget?

  • (USD)$ 138,904