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Published on Nov 3, 2009
Kalabo is the most Western part of Zambia, 75km from Angola. It is only accessible by road from August to October due to the flooding of the Zambezi. Even when it is accessible, the 25km journey across the flood plain is treacherous. Once in Kalabo conditions are not much better with villages scattered, and deep sand conditions. Because of these conditions there are very few NGOs working in the area. Because of their isolation communities are very poor and services are scarce. Kalabo currently has 32% water point coverage. This could be raised to 46% just through simple refurbishments. On our trip we met extremely dedicated Council members (who often go months without being paid) who request our support and want to help us to help their community. In this film you can see us visiting Lutwi Basic School in Kalabo. Elisha, our field director is talking with Bridget, a council worker, about how far the flood waters come in the rainy season. The school takes children from 5 different areas, and the furthest walks for 1hr 20 each morning