The following is an e-postcard from Kai Iizuka, a GlobalGiving Representative in Zambia.
The Mukuni Model School has grown thanks to the support they receive from the Butterfly Tree. According to head teacher Rev. Mulenga, thanks to the new school buildings as well as dormitories for teachers, the school that could only teach till grade 9 now is able to offer high school education.
Thanks to the organization providing for their tuition fee as well as their school supplies (uniforms, notebooks, pens, etc.), 400 orphans are able to go to school which they would otherwise be unable to attend. The students attending the school come from all over, with some travelling up to twenty kilometers to receive education. To help remedy this problem, two boarding houses have been constructed and a feeding program has been established where the children are able to receive lunches.
One of the orphan children attending Mukni Model School is Sickley Mwandila in the eighth grade. She told me how her mother died when she was four, and her father died before she was born, so she currently lives with her extended family; she and her three sisters are being taken care of by just her grandmother. She explained how after the Butterfly Tree learned of her situation they have been helping pay for her school fees, uniform, books and shoes. With the money that they have been able to save, her family has managed to build a house for them all to live in. Sickley’s favourite subjects are English and Science, and she hopes to become a nurse someday.
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