School is out in August here in Lusaka. Chikumbuso feels quiet without our 300 plus students running around at lunchtime! The teachers are taking some well deserved time off and, just like their counterparts around the world, spending time getting their classrooms ready for the students return in September. The school year here runs January through December, so we'll be entering our last session for this school year. The students will start preparing for their exams and anticipating their next steps.
Chikumbuso's secondary students are getting educations thanks to the generosity of our donors, but not just education. On Friday, we were very proud to send one of our students, Anita Chibombe off to Chipata to participate in the Inter-Provincial ball games for high schools. Anita is quite good and participates in these competitions with her head held high. She is getting an opportunity to learn strategy, competition, good sportsmanship in an environment that would have been completely outside the range of possibilities for most children growing up in Ng'ombe. Good luck, Anita!
Our Grandmothers are really benefiting from their new stoves. It gets surprisingly cold here in Zambia. The construction of the homes in Ng'ombe don't offer much protection either, basic block construction, no insulation and a metal roof. The rocket stoves create a bit of warmth on a cold evening. The temperatures dip down to the low 40Fs. One can imagine how that cold could really cut through an old woman. After cooking her meal for her family, our grandmothers can feel cozy around the remaining warmth from the firebox without the dirt and smoke from firewood or charcoal.