As the holiday season is upon us, we at Chikumbuso are preparing to celebrate with family and friends, as well as the entire Chikumbuso community - whether here in Zambia or across the sea in the U.S.. We are so grateful for all the folks who make up our circle of love and count our blessings that each of you is in our lives.
The kids at Chikumbuso are not like students in other places. As their holiday break approaches, they are not eagerly anticipating lazy mornings, and free play afternoons, but rather, look for excuses to come back to the school - a place of safety, love, and community. Our library stays open during the break, to give the students a place to read, to chat, to learn, and more. They love coming in and finding their friends, picking up a new book, or practicing their computer skills. We love that they are not on the streets or worse.
Please consider supporting our library - a colorful, fun, and vibrant place for our children to stay during the break.
One person we are celebrating in particular is a sponsor of one of our students. She is planning a visit to Chikumbuso this year and emailed to ask us what she could bring with her from the U.S.. As usual, our answer was easy - school supplies please! Our students work so hard to come in the top of their class, they get great grades, and they do all of this without the supplies and support we take for granted. Many of our students can barely afford their exam fees, so pencils, notebooks, pens are definitely of out reach. We are so thankful for any and all donations that help us ease that burden for them.
Please consider supporting this project during this time - a time when being reminded of love, community, and thankfulness is so important. Blessings to each of you.
The following is an e-postcard from Kai Iizuka, a GlobalGiving Representative in Zambia.
Located in the corner of the compound, the library is housed in a small but tidy building, and despite its size, boasts an impressive number of books, twenty laptops and wireless internet. Available to all community members of Chikumbuso, it serves a vital function as a source for information, internet use, learning and the simple appreciation books. During my visit, there was a group of about six children sitting in the back corner who told me they come there a lot to read and hang out with friends.
The librarians Anna and Beverly explained to me how this two year old library also offers classes on how to use computers, with free lessons offered from 14:00 till 17:00 every day as well as for school classes where other community members are welcome to attend and watch. The classes are taught by Beverly, an IT student herself, and she told me how she was teaching all the basics used every day like e-mails and using Microsoft Word. Later on, they will be moving on to learn how to use Excel. Though the internet isn’t the greatest, these donated computers greatly improve the amount of information that the community members can access.