It is wonderful to be able to report that through the support of HATW's Chris Halsey Tribute Fund we have now been able to provide Sylvestre in Rwanda with a leg prosthesis. This young man works as a shoe repairer, and it has long been his dream to wear a pair of shoes of his own!
Reports from the School are that the children are delighted with the new windows and doors in the "old" classrooms as they are a lot lighter and cooler making reading books and writing a lot easier for them. Plans are being made to complete the remaining classrooms this year, including laying some concrete floors.
The nursery is running smoothly now, with around 27 infants receiving porridge and lunch (mainly beans and rice). The aim is to get this project self supporting.
The long drop toilets (or rather the lack of them) are becoming an ever increasing problem. There are only eight operational for the 1400 children, obviously totally inadequate to say the least. There are others that are unusable due to the soak away pit being full and no means of emptying them. Lack of funds makes it very hard to improve this situation. This is also the case with fresh water tanks; although some were purchased last year they have not been connected to the guttering to catch rain water that goes to waste.
On our next visit later this year we very much hope to take along a TEFL teacher or two, to help with spoken English language. This proved to be a great success previously and we are constantly being asked when they (teachers) will return. A library is also being set up to give the children some reading books; they have none at the moment.
It has been four years now since this project started and we have seen vast inprovement at the school. Sometimes it's slow and there are disapointments along the way, but we do get appreciated by the children and the local people who work with us when we visit.
All the volunteers continue to pay ther own expences, but funds are still needed for materials and to employ the local labourer who are so willing to help.
If you have in the past made any donation to this project we thank you! Your continued support is always needed and much appreciated...
After a slow start to the rainy season the rains have been better than last year - promising a reasonable harvest. Some maize and beans are well on their way at Kaliyangile. These crops will be primarily used to feed the students and the livestock.
An introductory course in bee-keeping was given in December and, when the rains stop next month, the bee-hives will be sited around the Centre and the real work will begin.
The tailoring students are proving themselves competent and are starting to earn some money. They are currently using the equipment at the Centre to establish themselves – some have now been able to buy their own sewing machines and begin to start their own businesses.
On the poultry side, the new layers are now becoming productive, laying about 250 eggs a day. There is a great demand for eggs in Chisamba with a steady stream of customers visiting the centre daily.
The piggery is ready to receive a pregnant sow. This will mark the start of this new enterprise.
I hear also that the fish have grown well in the small reservoir on site and will soon be ready for market.
In recent months calves have been born and the milk production will be increased.
I will be visiting Zambia next month and will spend some time at Kaliyangile working with the local management to see how we can further improve the opportunities for the local teenagers. By introducing them to a range of skills we hope to enable them to provide for themselves and their families.
Thank you for your support!