Oblates’ Shangomba Church Sanitation Toilet Project Nearly Complete

Shangombo is a small village in far west Zambia on the border of Angola and inhabited marshland.  There are a few small stores, some government buildings, huts and houses sprinkled around town.  It gets electricity from small 14 kilo volt diesel powered generator that reaches out five miles in all directions.  Hundreds of people from the area come to the Oblate church and use the grounds for assorted meetings, church related and otherwise.  So of course, toilet facilities became an important factor for people that have walked from many miles around.IMG_3152

Originally the church used hut toilets, however that was a temporary solution. The grass huts have to continually be moved because they fall apart from usage and the weathering.  Eventually the Oblates decided the best solution for this situation was to build a permanent structure with a proper underground drainage system for better sanitation.  And now we are very near completion of this vitally important project.



Fr. Richard and the traveling team with Fr. Jim Chambers all pitched in to paint the new toilets for the church. The today they needed to put an undercoat on the building, then then in the  day apply a final tan coat with black paint along the bottom border. The colors will match the church building.


As you can see, a lot of paint was splattered around during painting the toilets.

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Author: John Wagner

I work for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Belleville, Illinois in the USA. The Oblates are a Roman Catholic congregation of priests and brothers founded after the French Revolution by St. Eugene De Mazenod to work among the poor. Today there are nearly 4,000 missionaries working in more than 60 countries around the world.