Airtel Networks Zambia Plc. has donated a K10, 000 worth Brick Making Machine to Kamaila Secondary School in Chisamba district.
The school which has an over 400 pupil enrollment and is currently using classrooms from the Primary section has no secondary classroom blocks of its own.
Airtel’s Human Resources Director, Ms. Bwembya Chikonde who handed over the Brick Making Machine to the school Head Teacher Mr Nicholas Mbulo said the machine was being donated to help the Kamaila community to build strong and affordable structures such as classroom blocks.
“Airtel believes in making communities independent and self-sufficient because as the saying goes giving a person a fish only feeds him for a day while if you teach people how to fish, then they will be fed for a life time,” Ms. Chikonde said.
“As the Country’s Smartphone network, we want to work smart, hence the training of 20 Community members last week who underwent a one day training by the University of Zambia on how to use the machine to make the blocks.”
The District Education Board Secretary, Mrs. Bertha Moono said the donation reflected the love that Airtel had for the less privileged more especially the children.
“We are very humbled to receive this sort of donation because most of the time big companies bypass us when we are in need of help because of where we are situated, but we are encouraged today in that there is still hope for us and our children in the rural setting for them to get quality education,” Mrs. Moono said in speech read on her behalf by Head Teacher Mr Mbulo.
“This machine will not be kept as decoration and we will soon invite you to come and see the many bricks that we will make to start off the classroom block building. We believe that with the building of the classrooms, enrolment will also increase, giving chance to more children in the area to access education.”
In addition to the brick making machine, Airtel also donated 120 exercise books as well as 80 Grade 10 Mathematics text books to be used by the learners.
Source: Airtel Zambia