Nyamphande Orphanage and Community School started in 1996, approximately 125 kilometers east of Lusaka, Zambia. Nyamphande serves the educational needs of nearly 600 children (10 % of whom have lost both parents to HIV/AIDS) as well as basic medical assistance for a catchment area of over 6,000 people. Originally intended to cater to the medical needs of students at Nyamphande Orphanage, the on-site Nyamphande Rural House Centre soon became a primary and essential medical resource for impoverished rural families living in the area. Local villagers, children, and other community members have relied on the Centre for treatment and management of everything from common colds and ailments to treatment for HIV/AIDS and/or TB.
The building that has served the community and allowed for government medical assistance to be provided to this community is in desperate need of a new roof. The thatched roof is no longer safe or sanitary, and the clinic has been closed by government officials until a new roof is put in place. With the clinic closed, the Zambian government is not able to send nurses and doctors to minister to the community. With cholera and malaria an ever-present threat, the outbreak of disease and the lack of sufficient medical assistance could spell disaster for an entire community already at risk in this poverty-stricken region.
Our project will fund the cost and transportation of roofing materials, as well as compensation for necessary labor associated with installing a new roof for the Nyamphande Rural House Centre (clinic). Materials will cost approximately $5040.00 US dollars, transportation will be approximately $150.00 US dollars, and labor costs are approximately $1650.00 US dollars. The total for the project will be approximately $6,840.00 US dollars. We intend to factor in an additional 10 % (684.00) for potential fluctuations in building materials and US currency exchange rates to Zambian kwatcha, as well as an allowance of $150.00 for required Rotary signage to be displayed on the clinic at the completion of the project (this amount not to be included in the 10% factored for fluctuation in building cost and currency exchange rates). The project total will be $7584.00. The project is estimated to be completed within the Rotary year of 2018-2019. Once materials and labor are secured, however, work will be done with expediency so the clinic can re-open.
The building is structurally sound, and we have been assured that the roof is the only item preventing the clinic from opening back up. Our club has a strong working relationship with the Rotary Club of Maluba, to which the Nyamphande Headmaster, John Mambo, is a member and Past President. The Maluba Club was instrumental in helping us implement a prior project at Nyamphande where we provided a much needed library and text books. We have been and will continue to coordinate with the Maluba Club projects chairperson, Gabriel Chishima, and Rotarian Rachel Ward, whom we have met personally. The Maluba club will, with our assistance in funding, be providing much needed volunteer efforts to make this project a success. They will also work to identify other specific needs in the community related to health care, education, and agricultural development from which our two clubs aim to join forces for a global grant in the near future. We intend to channel funds through the Maluba club to ensure that money is disbursed and records kept in accordance with Rotary standards.