Summer is coming! Much like the children here in the United States, kids in Zambia are getting excited for a little time off, even if there are quite a few differences between the two. In the US, kids are getting ready for camp, pools, beach time, and lazy days. In Zambia, many of our students are using their time off to help their moms with the other children, to earn a bit of money to help pay for school, and begging us to let them back in the doors!
That's right, Chikumbuso is a safe place for our students, full of laughter, friends, and people who love them. They would much rather be at Chikumbuso then out on the streets or in their tiny homes. That's why we continue to open our doors and let them use our amazing library, study center, and playground.
When you sponsor a classroom at Chikumbuso, you actually are sponsoring a safe, fun, learning environment that lasts far beyond the ten months of school. Please consider supporting our community center by sponsoring a classroom and getting kids to a place they love.
It takes a very big village to support a school of 350 students and in particular a classrom for 50 children. We never anticipated such growth ten years ago when we reached out to 30 children orphaned by AIDS ranging from 5 years old to 14. Our school has grown by leaps and bounds and now we have a K-6 school with lots and lots of children attending free of charge. Your support helps us to keep the project going and to ensure that these children not only stay in school but have the materials and curriculum they need to be successful.
Jeremiah is one of our students. He walks half an hour to Chikumbuso everyday. He says he would not miss a day of school because there is so much that Chikumbuso does for him. Jeremiah appreciates that his school is free, his lunch is free and the books in the library are free to be loaned out. The teachers care to make sure that everyone is learning and understands the material. He wants to be a firefighter when he grows up. Help us ensure Jeremiah's education by sponsoring a class. Your help will encourage many students to succeed in school.
As Americans gear up for the holiday season, here in Zambia we are gearing up for the end of the school year. Our students are excitedly studying for their exams, teachers are wrapping up lesson plans, and everyone is dreaming of the new year and the new hope it brings.
This year has been a successful one for our school, we welcomed more students than ever before, and they continue to amaze us with their discipline, their dedication to their work, and their gratefulness for being able to study. They know that their plans for their future are not written in pencil any more, easily erased. They are firmly inscribed in ink pen - with the help of donors like you. So many other things in their lives are uncertain and quick to be undone. But through your support we can stand behind our kids, committed to their education and their futures.
If you haven't yet donated to the Classroom Sponsorship program, I encourage you to do so. By supporting a classroom, you are guaranteeing those kids the opportunity to learn, grow, and plan for their lives.
Sponsor our Second Grade Class
Chikumbuso is currently recruiting a new second grade teacher. When our former second grade teacher left the school last year, our principal Gertrude took over her class. Gertrude has done a wonderful job of educating her full classroom of sweet second graders, but it has not been easy. Gertrude has many responsibilities at Chikumbuso already, including managing the school operations, caring for the children who live in Chikumbuso’s on-campus safe haven, and overseeing the widows’ bag-weaving and sales. Needless to say, she is quite overwhelmed.
By supporting the classroom sponsorship fund, you will help us to pay the salary for a new second grade teacher. The sponsorship will also provide the classroom with new learning supplies and materials. Chikumbuso’s second graders are bright and driven. Help us to give them the vibrant learning environment that they deserve.
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.
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