The genesis of the Zambia Water Project was in 2012 under the leadership of Colin Rose, who was the Rotary Club of Karrinyup’s International Director at the time.
The committee first identified a long term goal to support a school with boarding facilities for orphaned and vulnerable children in Ndola, Zambia.  It soon became apparent that before much progress could be made, a reliable source of fresh water must be sourced.  What also became clear was that this would take some considerable time.
In February 2016, Incoming International Director, Peter Durrant returned from his second visit to Ndola, where he was able to inspect the recently completed Zambia Water Project, successfully undertaken by the club.
The project involved scoping and drilling a bore to sufficient depth and installation of a pump and water tank.  This has now provided clean drinking water for the school of some eighty orphaned and vulnerable children under the support of Arising Life Ministries in Ndola, Zambia as well as to the community of the Kaloko area.
The provision of clean drinking water will help reduce the number of diarrhoea related diseases, which are on account of drinking water from shallow wells.  This will improve class attendance. 
Furthermore, the water will provide for continuing infrastructure development.  Part of the sustainability plan includes a vegetable garden in which the school can produce vegetables to support the school food supply   program.  Already peanut and maize crops are flourishing.  The school now makes its own peanut butter for the children’s breakfast. 
Medium term goals include the establishment of a piggery, chicken run and fish ponds to meet the growing protein needs of the students.  These programs will entirely depend on a stable supply of water.
Project management was a critical part of the success of this project.  The Rotary Club of Karrinyup joined with the Rotary Club of Ndola Kafubu and managed the project from beginning to end.  This included engaging contractors to quote and subsequently select preferred contracting personnel to drill the bore, develop the infrastructure and maintain quality control and quality assurance.
While a number of challenges were encountered along the way, the club is delighted with the outcome of Phase 1 and looks forward to the next step.