Oliver is one of the young men that is sponsored through Chikumbuso to attend the local secondary school. Oliver is completing this year. He met me yesterday with a letter for his sponsor; he's great about keeping in touch. Writing letters is one of the ways we help our students in the early grades use and learn English skills. English is the official language of Zambia, but there are 72 different local languages as well. Many Zambians speak several of these alongside English. But for those in poor economic situations where education levels within the family are low - it's likely that English will always seem foreign. For our students, the opportunity to communicate by letter in the official language prepares them for higher education and for life. They will be able to understand official documents when they vote, purchase property, have any sort of dealing with the government or employers. Sponsorship makes a huge difference!
Next week our Scouts group will go out camping. It's an exciting time for the students! Many children growing up in the compounds never get out of Lusaka to see the beauty of their country. Our students imaginations and view of possibilities are intrinsically changed because of these opportunities. They learn basic outdoors and leadership skills while having a great time with friends and mentors.
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!
It is wonderful to watch as many of you learn about a variety of projects and then so wonderfully freely give of yourself so that others may have. About a year ago, a friend, deeply connected and passionate about Chikumbuso thought, "I wonder if I could get an entire library of books sent over to Chikumbuso." There were not many books for the children at Chikumbuso to choose from and their was a need to build a Library/Study hall. Her small thought, grew, gathered some steam, she asked others to join in, partnered with groups of extraordinary ability to do something about shipping in partnership, and BAM, we have books and now a beautiful library.
This library will not be used by Chikumbuso students alone but will provide a well equipped study hall for our Secondary students as well. Most students in the slum have a difficult time finding a quiet well lit place to study . The Chikumbuso orphans have been given a great opportunity to go to school and with the help of their teachers they are exceeding their own expectations. Please continue to help to help these children finish well by sponsoring a child to continue his/her education.
May your generosity arise in identifying with the needs of others, and may you be filled with the joy that comes from watching small thoughts grow into big things and may you have the time and desire to see it done. We can not do it with out you.
Many of our ongoing students are the top students at Ng'ombe PTA school. It's good feedback for us on how our students are performing compared to children able to attend other local schools.
Many of the students are already coming back to Chikumbuso after-school, using the new library as a meeting and study venue to work on homework.
I spoke with Christine Tembo again yesterday and she says school is going well. She's using a new World Atlas in Geography and is still very interested in her Civics class. It's good to be back in school in a new year, new class, new faces and friends.
We're also very excited that one of our students has begun college. This is a first for us and we are very proud of Joshua!
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.