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.
As we start the new year, we are faced again with the reality of increased school fees and rising costs as we send our brilliant students on to secondary school. Our students are consistently in the top scorers when they move to middle and high school, they outperform their peers on national tests, and are gearing up to do great things with their lives.
Unfortunately, we still don't have enough sponsors to send all our students to high school. Please partner with us as we support our amazing students. We only send those with the best grades and most motivation on, they truly deserve the opportunity to study at the next level. Thank you in advance!
As the holiday season is upon us, we at Chikumbuso are preparing to celebrate with family and friends, as well as the entire Chikumbuso community - whether here in Zambia or across the sea in the U.S.. We are so grateful for all the folks who make up our circle of love and count our blessings that each of you is in our lives.
One big event we are celebrating in December is the graduation of our sixth graders. The Zambian school schedule means we graduate our kids right before the holidays - a fun time of rejoicing in their achievements. For Chikumbuso leadership, however, it is also a time of worry and financial tightening as we struggle to provide scholarships to all the deserving students. This year, 30 students will be leaving our free school and heading to secondary school. We know that once there, they are some of the highest performers - consistently at the top of their classes. Please consider helping us get these kids into school and keep them there!
The following is an e-postcard from Kai Iizuka, a GlobalGiving Representative in Zambia.
Ceaser, a small girl with big round eyes, has been with Chikumbuso since 2004 and her favourite subject is English. With five siblings, she explained to me that her family couldn’t afford having her attend secondary school without Chikumbuso’s help. She told me that she wanted to become a doctor in the future because she wanted to help people and is incredibly grateful for everything that Chikumbuso has done for her and her family. Two of her younger siblings are still attending elementary in Chikumbuso.
After graduating from the sixth grade, children are sponsored to attend the Ngombe PTA School by Chikumbuso to receive secondary school education. I was informed that everything is paid for from the tuition fees to the books and bags, allowing children that could otherwise not afford it, receive higher education. The school also offers classes in the evenings for adults that have not had a chance to finish their high-school education.
The class I visited was a 7th grade class of about thirty students, all from Chikumbuso save one. When asked why all of these children from Chikumbuso were in the same class, the senior teacher Doreen explained to me that grades were split according to ability and that the children from Chikumbuso consistently ranked the highest. I was very much impressed by the quality of education that these children were receiving and am glad children like this are given an opportunity to excel in school.
I am very pleased to announce the Chikumbuso Projects's Off-Site Safe Haven has been opened! Yay!This past Friday afternoon with much singing, dancing, laughter and tears, three girls were 'brought home' to live in the Safe Haven.We have taken in three girls for the time being. Girls that have been with Chikumbuso for several years now and one who is receiving a scholarship for Secondary School.
The girl in secondary school is Tiyankenji. On Friday, the ladies took very special care in praying for Tiyankenji - they each remembered her mother and their promises to care for Tiyankenji when she died. They spoke to her about how her grandmother had placed her in 'our hands' to see to her education and how now it is up to her to receive this blessing and grab hold of God's blessing and not let anything get in her way. There were many tears as each of the ladies shared their bits of advice and love.Patricia is a single orphan, 15, and in Grade 4. When she first came to Chikumbuso two years ago,at age 13, she barely knew how to read. With the help she's been receiving she is reading but will definitely need the additional help that being in this program will provide.Nyangu is 15 and in Grade 5. Nyangu struggles and has been kept out of school to watch babies and go find money for the family to eat. This safehaven is a real life line to Nyangu giving her a hope for the future and the ability to stay in school and focus on her studies.
Your donations providing for Secondary Education keeps girls just like these three on track and hoping for something more out of life. Thank you so much for making this difference.
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