When I visited my sponsored child Belita this year, I brought her some clothes and shoes from the U.S.. She was really happy to receive the clothes but something was off. I asked her if everything was alright and she hesitated before finally admitting that she had gotten her period this year and that she didn't have anything to use during it. I was surprised that I hadn't thought of that, as she is of age, but brought her right over to Mary to buy one of the packs they produce for this project. Belita was so relieved that this wouldn't be an issue anymore for her and I was reminded yet again of how we take for granted the ease of purchase and use of sanitary products here in the U.S..
While this project may not be exciting or seem all that critical, it is of huge importance to the young girls and women in Ng'ombe and Zambia. Access to materials that allow them to continue to go to school or work is crucial in helping them create new opportunities for themselves.
Misheck Mvula is one of Chikumbuso’s primary school teachers. Misheck has been teaching 6th grade at Chikumbuso since 2007 and is very committed to his students. This year Chikumbuso was able to send Misheck to a distance learning program that allows him to continue teaching and get his official teaching certification at the same time.
The trouble Misheck had run into was that the local libraries and book stores in Lusaka didn’t have the resources required for his classes. Misheck didn’t want to waste his education and fall behind so he asked for a computer inorder to access the information needed. Through the training provided to our students and teachers in the library, Misheck has learned the skills needed to research information on the internet and access that which is not available to him in his local community. Through the use of a computer and the wireless internet provided at Chikumbuso, Misheck is able to succeed in his studies, further his own education, and improve the quality of education provided at Chikumbuso.
Thanks to GlobalGiving’s support we are able to provide a tool that will change the lives of hundreds of students in the future.
I have just returned from Chikumbuso after being away for a year. It was so wonderful to be amongst the students at the school and to see how much they have grown physically and blossomed socially.
I arrived on Easter celebration day and was read a letter written by some of our students thanking me for what has been done in their lives.
I thought I should rather share it with you as faithful donors to our school.
Dear Mama Linda (that is what they call me),
We are firstly passing our greetings to you and we hope all is well.
We would love to thank you for making it posible for us to be in school. We are grateful for this opportunity because not everyone in the community has this chance of being educated. We promise not to let you down but be more industrious in our education.
School is going very well and we are all trying our best to go for studies after classes. One thing we promise you is that failure will never be our protion because everyone is doing their best in studies.
In conclusion, we are thanking you once more for everything you are doing for everyone of us. We promise never to fail you. May God abundantly bless you.
The school is growing, kids are being fed, grades are being conquered, and thankfulness abounds.
Please continue to support our classrooms for as we grow so do our costs. Together, as a community, we can do this.