Zambia is experiencing a new surge in COVID-19 infections with very few vaccinations. Schools closed across Zambia in mid-June. At this time, they are not expected to re-open until mid-August. [The pictures on this page were taken shortly before this latest shutdown.]
Less than half of one percent of the population have received full vaccination level. TODAY, Zambia received about 150,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine donated by the U.S. We are grateful for the donation! Unfortunately, that will not even cover another 1% of the population.
One of the WCS teachers contracted COVID after the shutdown, but is recovering nicely. No other teachers or students were infected. We pray that the staff will be able to receive vaccines soon. They do have vaccination clinic sites in Ndola.
Zambia is also experiencing a drop in the value of their currency. This drop causes inflation. The every day cost of living is rising for the people who live there.
But that drop also makes it more affordable for LIVING WELL to invest in some small construction and maintenance projects at the school. We recently built a new building near the newly painted gate for the school caretaker and for the security guards.
We also replaced the roof on the kitchen building with a new green metal roof, which will last longer than the previous roof.