Victor made it to meet with the Headman of our new partner village, Lumwengo. He had to travel over 60 miles on the tarred road from Lusaka before turning off on a very poor dirt and mud road for another 25 miles.
Victor asked why girls do not complete school at the same rate as boys. His answer was both honest and disturbing:
In your opinion sir, what do you think makes most of girl children not to complete school in this village?
Headman Lumwengo: Good question. Indeed, most of girl children here do not finish school unlike their male counterparts. The reason also are many,but most notable are the high levels of poverty, early marriages and early pregnancies. Girl children are vulnerable because they have to travel long distances on foot going to and from school. Therefore bigger boys will tend to waylay the girl children.
Victor also asked the Headman what were the major problems facing the Village.
Lack of clean drinking water supply. There is only one Bole-Hole(Hand pump) in the entire village, and the one located at the Tengama Basic school. Our women travel long distance to draw water everyday for cooking and as well as washing. During the rainy season when many streams have flooded our women can’t go to the Bole-Hole so we resort to drinking water from shallow streams were cattle and goats drink from. Even our school going children stop going to school because it becomes dangerous for them especially the young one.
Inability to buy fertilizer and seeds is very common among the villagers here. Fertilizer is becoming more and more expensive nowadays. Without it one is unable to feed his or her family. We depend on fertilizer.
Another problem is the lack of a farmer club or cooperative society of our own. Also farmers lack farming equipment like tractors or oxen. We do not have enough hammer-mills around this area. Currently,there we have only one hammer-mills. We do not also have a dip Tank to disinfect our our animals when they are sick or have ticks.
And most importantly the Government’s farmer extension services are almost non-extent here. The nearest Hospital from this village is about 11.1 miles in Chinyunyu area.
You can see Victor’s entire interview with the Headman HERE