HANDS AROUND THE WORLD

HANDS AROUND THE WORLD seeks to help vulnerable children around the world, encouraging enthusiastic and well-prepared volunteers to offer practical help, skill-sharing, support and friendship.
Sep 13, 2016

September 2016 Update

These have been stressful times in Zambia as the general and presidential election in August has had unexpected effects, such as bank closures, strikes, media shutdowns and general confusion. Fortunately the violence has been limited and localised and although many are unhappy with the results, the country seems now to be calming down again. Zambia historically has been a very friendly, calm and tolerant place and we hope that will hold true in future also.

Although communication has been rather limited, (Mnukwa village is in rural Eastern Zambia towards the Malawi border, and rather a long way from anywhere except Chipata), we are sending out extra equipment for the Mnukwa classrooms including knitting machines. These will be much appreciated!

The project is running well and we are now looking at upgrading a few parts of the rooms with security doors. We are also discussing the possibility of building one or two houses so students coming to the centre from the outlying villages could board Monday to Friday. We plan that these are built in 2017 and hope representatives from HANDS AROUND THE WORLD will be able to visit in the early new year.

Please watch this space for news of developments and thank you for your interest and support.

Sep 1, 2016

September 2016 Update

Tiffin Break
Tiffin Break

When I first visited India in 2008 I realised that I felt guilty about my country’s colonial past and wondered who I should apologise to! When I finally admitted that to Alindra Naskar, the director of the school, he laughed and told me the benefits of British rule. I remain unconvinced about this, but what is noticeable are the similarities; such as the tea drinking and love of cricket, and tiffin.

Tiffin apparently comes from the old English word to tiff, to sip or take a small drink. This evolved from the British Raj times of ‘taking tea’ to having a small snack.

Here is the tiffin break at the school and you can see the boy in the foreground has the typical tiffin container, normally holding some rice or samosa. This takes place about 9am as the children have been at school since 7am and probably had their breakfast at 6am.

Not all of the children can afford some tiffin, so Alindra ensures that those without do have something to eat mid-morning by providing a tuck shop that gives to those in need.

No one goes without their needs at this school; ‘Education is the birthright of every Child’ is Alindra’s mantra and he puts his words into action.

Aug 8, 2016

August 2016 Update

The logistics of providing about 400 school meals at PIZZ each day is complicated!!

Early in the day rice is put into large pots and these are refilled throughout the morning. Sugar and groundnuts are added and the children come to receive their food according to a rota. This process is carried out on two sites.

The recipe needs to be varied according to the availability of food – for instance groundnuts are not always available. (It is planned to buy one year's supply of maize and store it for 2017 – another logistical challenge!)

All of this is carried out by the local people because they recognise that this process is so valuable and makes such a difference to the lives of the children.

Together we are planning a kitchen and dining area to be built in the near future to improve the process.

During my recent visit I recognised some of the children from previous years, and it was a delight to see how much they had changed. What gives me most joy is to see that wonderful spark of life, replacing the look that says that a child is living with the weight of the world on their shoulders.

The school is proving real hope for the children and the meals are allowing the children to take advantage of this opportunity. Thank you for giving joy to so many children!

Cooking Lunch
Cooking Lunch
Tucking in happily!
Tucking in happily!
 
   

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