Ipalo Christian Community School Phase 1 Construction

After years of planning, in September 2015 we finally achieved Kim Mukuka’s dream of providing a place of education for orphaned and disadvantaged children in Zambia.
Ipalo Christian Community School (ICCS) is located on approx 2.5 hectares of vacant land on the outskirts of Chingola, a township in the Copperbelt region of Zambia.
The overall Masterplan for ICCS will eventually accommodate 840 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Stage 1 of the project commenced in July 2015 and was completed in September 2015. The Stage 1 work was undertaken in two stages and has the capacity to provide education for 150 students. As of January 2017 there are 151 students enrolled at the school.

The Stage 1 works incorporated a classroom module consisting of 3 classrooms, an office and storeroom. The ability to teach 151 students in this one classroom module is achieved by running both morning and afternoon sessions for Grades 1 to 4 and a full day session for Grade 5.
Stage 1 also incorporated the provision of toilet facilities for both students and staff. This work included a septic system with the capacity to cater, to some degree, for future expansions of the school. A water bore and hand operated pump was also installed with a tank stand ready for future installation of a water tank.

Two shipping containers were converted (these had previously been sent from Australia to Zambia, full of second hand goods for the local communities). The large container is being used as a secure area to store various items, including building materials for future works, and the smaller container was converted into a temporary kitchen, which also serves as a sentinel point for night security.

In addition, the Stage 1 works included the installation of a boundary fence to the perimeter of the site, including security gates at the entry point. It would have been ideal to use security fencing similar to schools in Australia, but that was unaffordable so instead, African ‘game fencing’ was used.

Stage 1C works, undertaken in July 2016, included the construction of a caretaker’s cottage and installation of a water tank, solar powered pump and provision of running water to the kitchen, front of the classroom module and connection to the toilets for flushing. This meant water no longer had to be carried from the bore in large containers.

Fundraising needs
Stage 1 costing approximately A$240,000 (ZMK 1,400,000) was kindly provided by Zambia’s Child’s corporate and private sponsors and the bore and subsequent solar installation was funded by the United Nations Women’s Guild.

If you are interested in donating towards the next phase you can do so directly to Zambia’s Child or via our partner Anglican Aid please go to our Donate page by pushing the Donate button below;