One of the great things about sponsoring children is hearing all about them, and realising what a huge difference you have made in their lives. I thought you would like to hear about one of those in Zambia lucky enough to be sponsored currently:
I met Emelda again when I went out last year. She is studying at Manungu Secondary School near Monze. Emelda's favourite subjects are English and Biology – she would like to become a doctor.
Emelda likes music. She doesn't play an instrument but enjoys listening – she thinks that if she tried she would be able to learn. She sings in a school choir.
Emelda started at PIZZ School in grade 1 and continued through to complete grade 9 in 2014, before going on to Secondary..
She said that if it wasn't for PIZZ School she would probably have become a 'street kid' and her life would have been miserable. She is very grateful for the opportunity provided by the school.
If you too would like to sponsor a child, please get in touch!
At PIZZ Primary school the cost is £10 per month or £120 per year (for 5 years) and at Secondary school it is £100 per term or £300 per year (for 3 years)
At PALUOC workshop, we took some days off from 22nd December to 4th January. Most of the students are back and I am looking forward to receiving more students this year.
Last year was a good year. I worked very closely with the three candidates towards their exam that was done in December. It was nice to present two ladies in the government test as this is very rare. According to me, they did their best though all is now left in the hands of the examiner.
I am looking forward to this year as I now have four categories of trainees. Bonaventure’s group who can now do most things on their own, the group that has just done their exam, the group that joined towards the end of last year and finally the new recruits this year. I enjoy working with these students, starting from the level of identifying tools to the level which one is now able to make an item.
I would want to thank you very much for the support and encouragement which Hands Around The World sponsors have offered PALUOC carpentry training and made it possible for me to be able to transform the lives of these young people in Kisumu.
Thank you very much and pass my greetings to your family and supporters.
Some long time friends of HATW recently visited Paluoc training workshop. For this update I have included some extracts from their feedback;
“Our reunion with Paul was lovely – he was as we remembered him, quiet, sincere, knowledgeable. He is very committed to his training programme, his workshop and more especially, his trainees. He was pleased to show us around, to explain his policy and plans, to introduce the trainees and even teach Jeff a carpentry technique that was new to him!”
“There are currently 10 students on role; Bonaventure, Steven J, Kennedy, Maureen, Jacqueline, Walter, Charles, Steven, Daniel, Caleb…… Jacqueline has a child and is expecting another and in consequence is rather an unreliable student. Maureen, Jacqueline and Walter are entered for this year’s exams”
“Daniel and Steven J, who are orphans are living on site and are proving to be very responsible caretakers”
“Bonaventure has been at the centre 4 years and lives locally – he is very trustworthy and now acting as Paul’s assistant.”
“Paul gives the trainees dinner money on a daily basis as he finds this ensures they are fed, don’t take too long for lunch and use the money for it’s intended purpose!”
“All the hand tools are sharpened personally by Paul as he doesn’t want the students working with second grade tools. They have a well thought out security system whereby the students have all made their own tool boxes which live in one of three secure cupboards - once unlocked the students are responsible for the good order of their tool kit. Each student takes it in turns to be responsible for the workshop for a day – tidiness, security etc – but they seem reluctant to take this on!”
I hope that these extracts give a flavour of the workshop. Paul sets high standards and is giving these youngsters a good opportunity to gain experience and skills that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. They continue to need a bit of support but are slowly working towards self-sufficiency.