On November the 7th 2014, a team of three volunteers will return with me for a few weeks to Muko School in Bugarama. Once again we will be working with local people, doing painting, plastering, and laying cement floors.
One major aim this year is to install windows and doors to the oldest block of classrooms. At the moment these only have small holes in the walls for ventilation, and this (along with their tin roofs) makes these rooms not a very nice environment for children to study.
Rainwater catchment tanks that were purchased last year are still to be installed - it's such a shame to see all the water going to waste! These tanks will provide water for washing hands after using the long-drop toilets (more toilets and better hygiene are also priorities!).
Teaching English vocabulary and grammar is much in demand and therefore high on our agenda this year. At least one (maybe two) of the team will be conducting classes for both teachers and students on a daily basis.
Each volunteer has raised enough money to pay all their own expenses, but we do still need help in the way of donations to pay local labourers who work alongside us and also to purchase necessary building materials.
Donated monies are all accounted for very carefully on this very worthwhile project. If you have already donated in the past I thank you, but more is always welcomed and appreciated.
Please do help if you can!
The new term has started. This year has seen plenty of activity during the holidays. Four volunteers travelled to Monze to help facilitate a holiday club during August. By all accounts this was a great success. The children had fun making masks, drawing and painting, playing new musical instruments and enjoying sports. The volunteers too had a wonderful time including a memorable trip to Livingstone with 64 students, where they saw the Victoria Falls and visited an animal park.
Mawini, who was one of the first students to study at PIZZ School has been accepted at Lusaka University where she will study to become a doctor. This is a great tribute to the standard of education at the school and evidence of the life changing opportunities offered. We are looking for additional funds to ensure that all students leaving the school with the appropriate qualifications are supported through secondary and tertiary education, or technical training.
In late August, we were able to obtain room on a container heading for Monze. This enabled us to send out some bikes for the care givers and extra clothes and books for the children and their families. This consignment should arrive before Christmas.
The school now has a strong room in which to keep the examination papers but, in order to obtain registration as an examination centre, they need to buy books relating to the new syllabus. We are therefore particularly seeking funds for these books.
Our thoughts go out to the 215 students starting their new year at PIZZ school and particularly those in grade 1 who are starting on a new adventure which, with your help, will transform their lives.
Thank you so much for your ongoing interest and help!
The new academic year is just starting and there is a lot of interest from young people wanting to study at the Centre. New staff have been engaged to undertake the training in carpentry and tailoring. The Department of Forestry has been impressed with the bee-keeping programme and has offered to provide training in bee-keeping. Seeing all the activity taking place around the centre, the students are keen to gain extra knowledge about agriculture and bee-keeping in addition to the more formal carpentry and tailoring courses.
The project has been busy during the year. Despite poor rains 30 x 50Kg bags of maize were produced - most of this is being used as part of the feed for the chickens. Tomatoes, okra, impwa, chibwabwa, rape and cabbages are also being grown and sold from the vegetable garden. The chickens are doing well - producing eggs (about 250 a day) for the local community. The Guinea fowl will also start delivering eggs very soon. The dairy cattle are thriving thanks to the new irrigation system generating luscious grass in the paddock. The piggery is also in operaton and is expected to make a significant contribution to the income for the project, as well as providing another opportunity for the students to learn.
The chance to learn agricultural skills helps the students to be better equipped to sustain themselves and their families and is a valuable addition to their technical skills. Wth your help the students will leave Kaliyangile equipped to provide a sustainable future for themselves and their families.