Villagers in a remote African community now have running water and toilets for the first time, thanks to Exmouth Business Award winners Splash Projects.
Splash took MBA students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) to complete the transformational project in Zambia. The students were also tasked with developing a sustainable business model for communities and schools they visited.
The team then worked with charity Village Water Zambia to manually drill freshwater boreholes for the village and install a number of toilets.
“The work was truly life-changing, as previously the villagers made long journeys on foot in harsh conditions to collect water,” said Simon Poole, Splash Projects’ Managing Director, who led the field trip.
“The MBA students saw the challenges first hand. When they left they knew they had made a genuine difference to the lives of others. It opened their eyes to what is possible for a team to achieve.”
The field trip was also an opportunity for the students to see the complexity of rural areas in developing countries and the impact Chinese investments have made to local infrastructure.
“The best thing I’ve learnt from the whole trip, beside team building, leadership or entrepreneurship, was in fact life isn’t about money, or making more money,” said one student. “More importantly, life isn’t about myself, or a small bunch of people that I care about. Life is actually a journey to contribute to the society, and more importantly, to help those who are in need.”
The CUHK team was given a huge thank you from the villagers who performed traditional dances and prepared a special feast for them. The students also visited a local school and played games with the children. When they first arrived in Zambia they also joined a Safari to see some of the stunning native wildlife, including lions and hippos.