Water Cistern Project (2018)

In 2015, Leja Bulela formed a partnership with the Order of Eastern Star (Ohio) to build a cistern for the Kalala Muzeu Health Center.  In 2018, College Hill Presbyterian Church provided additional funds to complete the project. Construction was completed in 2020 and the health center now has a sustainable way to collect water during the rainy season.

Workers assembling the steel reinforcement structure for the cistern.

Workers assembling the steel reinforcement structure for the cistern.

The gravel that will be used to line the foundation of the cistern awaits deployment in front of the health center.

The team carefully measures the large hole that will house the cistern.

The steel skeleton of the cistern is placed in the hold dug by the project team.

Several bags of cement sit inside the clinic as construction progresses. The cement will be mixed and poured once the forms are complete.

The wooden forms come together as the cistern begins to take shape!

Installation checks the access hatch after the cistern is capped.

The cistern is capped and the pump is moved into place.

The pump is installed and ready!

A local resident of Tshibombo waits patiently for water to be pumped into a 5-gallon jug.

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