The students from PIZZ School are not forgotten when they leave after Grade 9. In Zambia the children have a further 3 years of study before they finish their secondary education and we are keen to ensure that the students achieve their full potential.
PIZZ School provides the support and encouragement needed for the children to have confidence to move into local secondary schools if they pass their grade 9 examinations.
This year a total of 74 children took the examinations and a remarkable 53 children passed. With the examination pass rate in many Zambian schools at less than 10%, this was a wonderful result and a testament to the dedication and hard work put in by Mrs S and her staff.
We would like all these children to complete their education. It costs about £300 per year per child to pay secondary school fees, so the success of PIZZ school also presents a challenge! So far most of the successful children have been enrolled in secondary schools, including Janes who was featured at the end of last year. She obtained excellent results and has been accepted at one of the top Monze secondary schools.
Mrs. S keeps in touch with her former students and where possible I meet them when I visit Zambia. I will be returning in May and staying for about two months.
Henry T, one of these students, is now a young man. He studies at Manungu Secondary School on the south side of the town. He enjoys biology and chemistry and plays football for local team The Young Arrows. He told me last year that he would like to become a journalist. I am hoping that he will write a brief article about himself which we could use in a future report.
Please continue to help us to provide the education for Janes, Henry and all of the other children for whom we are making a huge difference.
Great strides have been made to make the project self sustaining, though further challenges have been faced in the past three months. Due to the effect of the prolonged drought on hydroelectricity generation, mains electricity in Zambia is now switched off for twelve hours each day and although some rain has fallen recently, it was too late to plant any maize this year.
However, despite the difficulties, the project is moving on. The production of chickens still provides the major income, 200 – 300 are raised at a time in an ongoing rolling programme. The sow has produced four healthy piglets – this is the start of what should be another profitable venture, as well as providing more training experience for the Kaliyangile students.
Another calf has been born and, with the new grass following the rains, additional milk production will result.
Two more bee-hives have been colonised after being baited by the students and the bee-keeping training is progressing well. (see pictures below)
The tailoring students are being prepared for their exams which should take place soon.
I will be visiting the project in May to see at first hand how the project is progressing and to discuss some of the challenges faced by our local partners.
There is still much to do to help the project to progress - for instance if £1,500 could be raised for a maize hammer mill, the extra income generated could provide funding to cover some training costs, or help with necessary improvements to the buildings. You can watch a hammer mill in operation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDD5tRndEms
Your help is much appreciated and is making a real difference to the community in Chisamba.
I've just returned once again from a very hot and sticky visit to Uganda.
Many of you will remember the attached picture in my September 2015 update when I mentioned that my six year old grand daughter Mya was keen to help the African children by collecting clothes for me to take to Siriba on my next visit.
Mission accomplished! Thank you Mya for helping these lovely little children so far away from your home. Stella and Wahab had decided to name their first born after Mya as she arrived during one of my previous visits. Look at the happy faces as they all can’t wait for their new clothes. Here also is mum Stella checking the shoe size.
This simple exercise has reminded me that a very small amount of effort can bring much pleasure to many people and give help to those who really need it. Mya is now getting prepared with the next box, now I really will have to check my baggage allowance very carefully!