Nanjucha, one of the catchment areas where Actionaid Zambia has been conducting local rights programmes is one of the places in the western province of Zambia, where access to water remains a major challenge.
In Nanjucha, citizens are accustomed to fetching water from shallow ponds in the famous Bulozi plains. Others collect water from uncovered wells that provide unsafe water. The time to access water has improved greatly because in the past, an individual would take over 30 minutes to fetch water. The girls and other pupils missed classes because of the hustle of collecting water.
The education system has not spared by the brunt reality of unclean water. Personal hygiene and provision of health services is a nightmare in the absence of safe water. Many girls in the adolescent age regularly miss class because of the challenge of not accessing water to handle personal hygiene during menstruation.