There is always something to be learned at every age about Animals in our World and this summer at Chikumbuso the students from grades K-6 are learning about the animals around them. The teachers have decided to spend their "winter" months in a school wide unit on The Animal Kingdom. This means the theme is used in writing, reading, math, and the arts. The idea behind it is to build unity in the school, study hard, prepare reports, artwork and skits and then invite the community to come and see just what Chikumbuso is producing!
Throughout this study one of our visitors is helping the students, particularly the fifth and sixth graders, to paint a mural on the wall of the school. Artwork and creativity have an amazing ability to help with the healing of emotions and personal struggles. We are so thrilled to have Violet helping these children do just that.
Speaking of art two of our students at Chikumbuso have been invited to participate in the StART foundation program. These children are invited to work with professional Zambian artists in a four day workshop where their art skills will be challenged and their own "voice" will be encouraged. The workshops are on going and the children are very excited to be a part of the Zambian Art scene!
Please encourage these students as you continue to support the school through the buying of books and supplies. The one gift you can give a child that can never be taken away is their education...
Thank you so much for your help!
At one o'clock on Thursday I decided to go and visit some of our sponsored grandmothers to see how they were getting along. There is no doubt in my mind that these grandmothers struggle everyday to provide for the grandchildren left in their care. Yet everyday they get up and do what they must so that the children can eat.
On one of my visits I came across Lunonga. Lunonga was thrilled to see me coming and to have a chance to share her needs with me. Almost immediately she pulled out her old blanket to show me the holes that have stolen its warmth. July is the peak of the cold season here in Lusaka, I wondered aloud how she could possibly stay warm.
"I have my stove" she says proudly.
Lunonga continues to use her stove twice a day. Either she will collect the wood herself or sometimes her great grandchildren will do it for her. The stove is not for her alone. She shares it with her granddaughter and her family. The biggest problem she faces is that many people are using the same stove so it gets more and more difficult for her to find scraps of firewood within the slum. Other than that her stove is her life line; for warmth, food, and hot water.
Lunonga wanted me to be sure to thank you for your kindness in helping her life become just that much easier.
We want to thank so many of you for your help in getting the Chikumbuso library up and running!
Our volunteer Margi came to the school armed with computers, typing games, computer lesson plans and flip cameras! She diligently worked with a core group of women who had graduated from high school in January and were very interested in learning about computers and teaching others. Every day Margi had new classes and every day these girls grew in the knowledge of how to best use their computer skills to teach others.
Now our library is a buzz of energy as children, widows, and teenagers jockey to get time on the computer.
Obviously with 300 students we could still use more computers, more training, and more class time but we are well on our way! Thank you Margi and Carol Elliot for all you have done to get us up and running.
Please continue to help us with the Library as we try to bring encouragement to the trainers through gifts in kind and to our faithful librarian who helps the children with their books and class reports.