WASH project in Zambia

Map off Zambia higlighting the location of the Kabushi Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training Centre (KEVTC) with a black dot.

Kabushi Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training Centre (KEVTC) supports hundreds of young people from Ndola, in Zambia who didn’t go to school with opportunities to learn quality vocational skills.

February 2021

Our latest livelihoods project to finish in Zambia, utilised vocational training to improve the toilet facilities at a local school.


Kabushi Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training Centre (KEVTC) located in the Copperbelt province in Zambia trained 19 men in building and construction, 18 men in carpentry and 19 women and one man as tailors throughout 2020.

Brand new pit latrines have been built by the building and carpentry trainees, while tailors spent hours sewing thousands of washable sanitary pads for distribution to girl pupils, ensuring they don’t miss a day of school because they have their period.


Foster and Judy are two tailors with KEVTC who helped to make over 3,500 washable sanitary pads

Foster and Judy applied their new tailoring skills to create over 3,500 washable sanitary pads for adolescent girls at Dambo Combined School.

The 57 young trainees overcame enormous challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic brought to complete their training. Online learning and Covid-safe precautions at the training centre meant that every graduate sat and passed their trade test!

Judy Bwalya and Foster Kakungu were both tailor trainees who were actively involved in the sewing of 3,500 reusable sanitary pads which were donated to the girls of the school, as well as educational sessions to empower young women with information about periods.

Shop bought pads cost around 15 Zambian Kwacha for 10 – equivalent to about £1 – and most girls will never use these, relying instead on bundles of rags, which are not efficient, carry risk of infection, and make them uncomfortable and self-conscious. Instead of enjoying school and focussing on their lessons, girls are worrying that they will stain their clothes and be teased – so frequently will instead miss school for up to a week. These absences mean girls fall behind, and often drop out altogether, as patchy attendance hinders their progress.

New pit latrine block for Dambo Combined school children

New pit latrines for Dambo combined school constructed by trainees from KEVTC

Building and carpentry graduates also gained valuable practical experience through building a brand new pit latrine block. The improved facilities will reduce incidences of communicable diseases amongst pupils and teachers, improving attendance and community health.

The project has been such a success that many other local schools have contacted KEVTC to talk about working in partnership to improve their facilities too.

The trainees finished their training in December 2020 and are looking forward to their graduation ceremony soon.


Read more about our partner KEVTC here

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