School Supplies for High School Orphans, Zambia

Aug 14, 2013

For Want of a Pencil

As Mishek walked along the path one morning on his way to school he came across a teenage boy crying, seemingly returning home from his school.  Mishek, curious, asked the boy what was wrong. He said that he had been turned away from takng the exams at his school for the want of a pencil and eraser. These exams are not allowed to be made up, if you are not there you do not move on in school. 

What is wonderful about this story is that Mishek had received a Math toolbox just a few days before as an Easter gift from his school, Chikumbuso. He opened it up and gave the boy his pencil and eraser to take the exam.

The next day when this boy came to the school to return the pencil Mishek told him to keep it, with a big smile on his face he said, " Here at Chikumbuso we have plenty of pencils!". 

Our students know that they are very fortunate to have a free school where they are not in charge of buying school supplies. Poverty keeps them from being able to do that for themselves. However, your support keeps them in supplies and in school; able to take an exam without worry.  Thank you so much from all of us at Chikumbuso.



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Project Leader

Linda Wilkinson

Lusaka, Zambia

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Map of School Supplies for High School Orphans, Zambia