My Community: For my future let me learn

Every year during the wet season the swollen Zambezi River bursts its banks, destroying homes and crops, flooding classrooms, and displacing communities across the Barotse Floodplain in Zambia.

For 13-year-old Ilinanga Mulonda and thousands like her, this means their education is put on hold -- for some permanently -- while the floodwater inundates their classrooms, and their parents struggle to pay for school fees.

Many depend on fish during these difficult months and a shortage means that children go hungry, parents lose their income, and some turn to prostitution in desperation.

A part of the My Community series, this film provides a unique insight in to the lives of rural women living in the Barotse Floodplain, an aquatic agricultural system in Zambia.