Ipalo Christian Community School Construction Phases Completed

STAGES 1 & 2

After years of planning, in September 2015 Kim Mukuka’s dream of providing a place of education for orphaned and disadvantaged children in Zambia became a reality.

Ipalo Christian Community School (ICCS) is located on two plots of vacant land on the outskirts of Chingola, a township in the Copperbelt region of Zambia. The School plot (2.5ha) was purchased by Zambia’s Child. The adjoining Agricultural plot was donated by the local Council.

The overall Masterplan for ICCS will eventually accommodate 840 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Stages 1A & 1B of the project commenced in July 2015 and were completed in September 2015.

These works incorporated a classroom module consisting of 3 classrooms, an office and storeroom, and 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.

Stage 2 works were undertaken during 2017 and early 2018. These works included construction of a second classroom module, additional toilet facilities, a covered area for the students to play and eat their daily lunch meal, a chicken run to provide chicken meat for the lunches, a security kiosk and BBQ area. The Agricultural worker has been busy developing gardens which, with the assistance of a team of rostered parents, produce fresh vegetables for the lunches.

In May 2018 a water tank and solar powered pump were installed on the bore on the agricultural plot. This provided running water for the gardens and chickens.

Stage 3A works commenced in February 2019 with the laying of the concrete slab for Classroom Module 3. This module must be completed during 2019 so that a classroom is ready for the inaugural secondary school class in 2020.

As of May 2019 there are 206 students enrolled at the school.


Fundraising needs

Funding for the Land purchase and Stages 1 and 2 construction, costing approximately A$420,000 (ZMK 3.5 million), was kindly provided by Zambia’s Child’s corporate and private sponsors and the bore and solar installation on the school plot 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;