Towards a vibrant community (Part 3)

(B) Community Health Evangelism – Makuta – Balaka, district

 

REZ and MUMC have two sites for CHE, another site is Makuta, Balaka.  In Balaka, we also entered the community through a primary school program. As I shared before, through CHE, Makuta community identified its own need, they needed to upgrade Mchinji Primary school from standard 1 – 5 up to standard 8.

Community leaders were involved from the very beginning.

 

Mercy with Makuta local leaders

Mercy with Makuta local leaders

Every member of the community was involved in the project, including women.

 

A woman molding bricks

A woman molding bricks

Makuta community involves 17 villages and each village had its own brick oven which they baked as a village contributing to the construction of the school.

Brick oven

Mercy and a local chief admires a Brick oven

 

Current classrooms (Std. 2 - 5)

Some school blocks at Makuta (Std. 2 – 5)

 

Brick ovens

Brick ovens

 

Community discussion meeting for the construction of the classrooms

Community discussion meeting for the construction of the classrooms

The community chose to use window blocks instead of glasses which are more sustainable in this community

Window blocks

Window blocks

 

Two classrooms under construction

Two classrooms when they were under construction

 

Pupils learning under a tree

Pupils learning under a tree

 

Pupils learning under a tree

Pupils learning under a tree

 

The current school block built under CHE

The school block built under CHE

I have not visited Makuta to see how the school block stands today, but it is almost completed. More updates in the coming days

REZ trained all MUMC circuits of CHE.

CHE TOT I participants

CHE TOT I participants

 

Katondo and Makuta CHEs support each other in enhancing the tool. CHE a developmental tool indeed!

 

Watch out for “Towards a vibrant Madisi community (Part 4).”

 

By Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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