Adjusting to lockdown in Zambia

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4 June 2020
 A healthy break can be anything, when working from home. It can be a ten-minute ball game, repairing my kid’s bicycle or squeezing a fresh fruit juice. But what is certain is that you can be interrupted at any time. Covid-19 response. Lockdown Diarie ...
WaterAid/ Chileshe Chanda

Zambia went into a partial lockdown when it recorded the first cases of COVID-19 in March. Since then, our team have been working from home, assisting with a national emergency hygiene campaign in collaboration with the Government.

In the sixth entry of our Lockdown Diary series Chileshe Chanda, our Voices from the Field Officer in Zambia, tells us about the challenge of adapting his role in lockdown, life with his family, and learning to cut his own hair.

I normally spend about 60% of my time in the field with communities and on project sites. The warmth and friendships I forge with people makes what I do very interesting.

So to stay and work from home has not been easy.  I miss field work and the many friends I have made over the years in communities.

Trying to stay connected

Under lockdown, our ways of working are completely new. We endure long hours on different calls to collaborate and complete tasks. Sometimes we experience electricity rationing or poor internet connection, which disrupts things substantially.

 In Zambia we experience electricity rationing due to low water levels at the country’s biggest hydroelectricity power plant. Working from home sometimes means working under load shedding (electricity rationing) and navigating the black out as residen ...
WaterAid/ Chileshe Chanda

It feels like coronavirus is delaying us a great deal. When I think about our mission to reach everyone, everywhere with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene by 2030, losing even a single day without project work is hard to handle.

Staying positive

I try to take healthy breaks throughout each day. It can be anything, a ten-minute ball game with my two sons, repairing their bicycles or squeezing a fresh fruit juice.

Our dogs, Rinty and Dinky are also extremely happy to have me at home all the time and always like to play.

 Working from home makes me have regular catch ups and one to ones with two dogs Rinty (brown) and Dinky (black). They are most excited to have me around all the time. Covid-19 response. Lockdown Diaries – Chileshe Chanda. Zambia, May, 2020.
WaterAid/ Chileshe Chanda

Fatherly love

To keep my boys entertained, I have been buying all sorts of games and toys. One is a little car made from tins and compressed air cans.

 To keep my two boys entertained during the lockdown, I have been buying all sorts of games and toys for them, from motorised toy cars to water guns. But this car made from tins and other pressurised containers brought back a lot of memories of my chi ...
WaterAid/ Chileshe Chanda

Though not so popular with my kids, this toy is the best one for me. It brought back a lot of memories of my childhood – we never had conventional toys and made do with anything at our disposal.

A fresh trim

Rather than putting me and my sons at risk by going to the barber shop, I learnt a new skill during lockdown. I bought hair clippers and am managing to cut my hair and beard by myself!

Covid-19 response. Lockdown Diaries – Chileshe Chanda, Zambia, May, 2020As we are being asked to stay home and ensure social distancing, I realised this included not being able to go to the barber shop. This also meant that I cannot even take my kids  ...
WaterAid/ Chileshe Chanda
Covid-19 response. Lockdown Diaries – Chileshe Chanda, Zambia, May, 2020As we are being asked to stay home and ensure social distancing, I realised this included not being able to go to the barber shop. This also meant that I cannot even take my kids  ...
WaterAid/ Chileshe Chanda

Waiting for change

Spending so much time at home, I have noticed the beauty of shadows created by light at different times of the day.

As I spend long hours at home, I have noticed the beauty of shadows created by the shining light at different times of the day.  Behind every shadow and meticulous line, there is a bright shining light. It gives me a sense of beauty, that despite bein ...
WaterAid/ Chileshe Chanda

Behind every shadow there is a bright shining light. It gives me a sense of beauty, that there is hope all will be better one day soon.

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