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ZAMBIAN BREWERIES-BACKED MANJA PAMODZI PROJECT DONATES WASTE BINS TO SCHOOLS

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Ministry of General Education’s director of human resources and administration, Peggy Chirwa and Zambian Breweries director of corporate affairs Ezekiel Sekele join representatives in handing over waste bins to schools in Kanyama.

Ministry of General Education’s director of human resources and administration, Peggy Chirwa and Zambian Breweries director of corporate affairs Ezekiel Sekele join representatives in handing over waste bins to schools in Kanyama.

Lusaka, Zambia – The Zambian Breweries-supported Manja Pamodzi initiative has helped turn the tide in the battle against cholera by highlighting water security, sanitation and hygiene around Lusaka. Manja Pamodzi is a project aimed at creating a better environment through education and awareness in waste management and the provision of clean water. Its donation of waste bins, drums and coal ash will help 14 selected schools in Lusaka with good hygiene at a opportune time with the capital city still on alert from the recent cholera epidemic and waterborne diseases.
The Ministry of General Education’s director of human resources and administration, Peggy Chirwa, who represented the Minister of General Education – Hon. David Mabumba, MP said: “The action by Zambian Breweries through Manja Pamodzi in complementing government efforts in attending to issues of water security, sanitation and hygiene is commendable.” The Manja Pamodzi initiative has been at the forefront in educating schools and communities on the importance of living in a clean environment.

Ms Peggy Chirwa further said: “Indeed, as you are aware, the government has many competing needs which makes it difficult to provide waste collection facilities in institutions of learning. “Zambian Breweries and the Manja Pamodzi provision of waste bins, drums and coal ash to schools in Lusaka could not have come at a better time than now when we are grappling with the issue of waterborne diseases around Lusaka.

Pupils celebrate the donation of waste bins by Zambian Breweries' Manja Pamodzi initiative.

Pupils celebrate the donation of waste bins by Zambian Breweries’ Manja Pamodzi initiative.

Ms Chirwa thanked Zambian Breweries, UNICEF, Lusaka City Council, Lusaka Security Initiative, the government, Lusaka Water Sewerage Company and Manja Pamodzi for partnering with the Ministry of General Education on issues of health and hygiene in schools. The Member of Parliament for the Kanyama Constituency, the Honourable Elizabeth Phiri, also expressed her gratitude to Manja Pamodzi and Zambian Breweries: “Thank you very much to Zambian Breweries for remembering my constituency and for doing this good thing for our children.

“Zambian Breweries has been there for the communities and I urge many more companies out there to emulate and learn from this.” Zambian Breweries’ corporate affairs director Ezekiel Sekele said: “At Zambian Breweries, our dream is to bring people together for a better community, society and country.
“It’s for this reason that we have selected 14 schools in Lusaka that will receive the waste bins, drums and coal ash in order to help maintain a clean and healthy environment.” Lusaka has been affected with cholera and various waterborne diseases since the beginning of 2018 and this has negatively impacted on opening dates for the learning institutions. Mr Sekele stated: “At Zambian Breweries, one of our pillars, under our sustainable development agenda, is health and clean environment. Previously, we have produced educational materials to help inform the public on health, hygiene and on the benefits of having a clean environment.

“We want to make a positive impact in the communities in which we operate’’. “Manja Pamodzi continues to conduct community awareness campaigns to stir in the minds of citizens the importance of keeping their environment clean.


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