Akzo Nobel has donated a large quantity of paint to a refurbishment project being carried out at the biggest mission hospital in Zambia.
A total of eight pallets were shipped to St Francis’ Hospital recently after one of the company’s former employees—who has worked as a volunteer at the hospital in the past—got in touch to ask for help.
Paint is quite expensive in Zambia and the 350-bed hospital—which is administered by the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches—is in urgent need of redecoration.
“We need a lot of paint,” said a hospital spokesman. “There are many parts of the hospital itself, as well as the houses used for the employees, that need paint desperately.”
Akzo Nobel supplied seven pallets of water-based paint (for indoor and outdoor use) and one pallet of solvent-based paint (for use on window frames and doors), all of which came from the Levis® range of products.
Located in the Katete region, St Francis’ Hospital—which relies on support from volunteers and various aid organizations—serves as the hub for a network of small hospitals and clinics for an area with approximately one million people.
The hospital also runs two nursing schools and has set up a special project to support AIDS orphans living in the surrounding area.
(Released: April 5, 2005)