Secondary Education is a essential to getting finding a future in Ng'ombe Compound, where poverty and hopelessness run rampant. This past April I had the pleasure of returning to Chikumbuso for a three week visit. I was thrilled to see that the students I left two years ago are thriving. They are blossoming in school, are healthy, and lead in their community.
The following is a letter I received from one of our high school students. She is a student that you are providing for through your giving here at Global Giving.
This school year the Zambian government has decided to change the curriculum for schools. Since we follow the curriculum, and since our secondary students all attend government schools, this means we have to purchase a whole new set of books for each student. This cost is quite high and unexpected but something we can't avoid.
Without the books and supplies provided them, our students can't afford to go to school. They depend on the assistance of donors like you to fund their studies. Thanks to your help, we have managed to keep in school all those who want to be there. Please help us to continue to support our incredible scholars as they further their studies.
First, thank you! We at Chikumbuso are breathing a huge sigh of relief right now thanks to your help. All across Zambia, the cost of basic goods has increased at an alarming rate. In some cases, prices have doubled for necessities such as wood, charcoal, cornmeal, and more. And while our widows and grandmothers are struggling to get by as their incomes are no longer sufficient to cover their expenses, we can at least find comfort in the fact that they would be much worse off without their fuel efficient stoves. Each woman needs to buy much less firewood in order to cook and heat their homes, which means, especially with winter approaching, they aren't spending as much as many of their neighbors. Wood costs have skyrocketed and therefore each piece is that more precious.
Please help us to provide these stoves to the other grandmothers in our community so as to help everyone cut costs where they can while continuing to provide for their families.