Every time I visit Chikumbuso I am surprised by some aspect of the project. This time it is the maturity and eagerness to learn that I see demonstrated in our students. Ten years ago, at the outset of Chikumbuso, there were 30 very bedraggled students ranging from six to ten years of age. They were frightened by the white woman, thankful to be invited into school, and hoping for food for lunch and a bit extra to take home to their families.
Today these same students and 420 more portray a new picture. These students are bright, well dressed and healthy. One of these students is Teddy a 17 year old eighth grader. Teddy grew up in the far eastern corner of Zambia with a single mom and a younger sister. Life was a struggle and he did not go to school. At seven years old his uncle came to the village to take him to his father in Lusaka where they hoped he would be able to finally get an education.
Teddy said nothing changed. His father did not have the means to send him to school. What a disappointment. One day his neighbor, a teacher at Chikumbuso, came and took him to school. He did not speak English and he could not read but the teachers at Chikumbuso were tender with him and today Teddy is ranked number one in his eighth grade class. Given the opportunity of a life time he grabbed hold of it. He works hard and his peers respect him.
Your donations help to keep Teddy and others like him in school.
As part of our reworking of our fundraising objectives, we are going to be combining this project with our Secondary School Sponsorship project. The 150 secondary school students that we fund are in need of sponsorship for their education, as well as provided school supplies. By combining the two projects we hope to encourage full sponsorship of each child, which will provide them not only with schooling, but also with monthly supplies for their home such as food. Thank you for all of your donations to this project, and please make sure to check out our new more stream-lined fundraising goals!
Chikumbuso is committed to supporting the education of vulnerable children for the duration of their time in school. After our students graduate from our onsite primary school, Chikumbuso encourages them to continue their education at local high schools by covering the cost of tuition and school supplies. This means that adolescents who might otherwise drop out of school due to high costs are able to stay in school until they graduate at no cost to them.
This year, one of the high school students that we support received prescription eye glasses for the first time. Sarah is in the twelfth grade, and she is thrilled to be able to see her classrooms’ chalkboards more clearly. When she saw herself in her fashionable new frames for the first time, she couldn’t stop smiling.
You can help other students like Sarah receive critical school supplies like eye glasses, backpacks, paper, and textbooks by donating to this fund. Thank you for your continued support of Chikumbuso’s wonderful students. Your donations make a difference!
This school year the Zambian government has decided to change the curriculum for schools. Since we follow the curriculum, and since our secondary students all attend government schools, this means we have to purchase a whole new set of books for each student. This cost is quite high and unexpected but something we can't avoid.
Without the books and supplies provided them, our students can't afford to go to school. They depend on the assistance of donors like you to fund their studies. Thanks to your help, we have managed to keep in school all those who want to be there. Please help us to continue to support our incredible scholars as they further their studies.
I want to thank each one of you for your support of this project. Sending students to school well equipped makes all the difference when it comes to success. Often, if a student does not have the materials listed in his/her school curriculum the teachers will send them home until they are able to come to class prepared. This is not always easy to do when you live in poverty buying notebook and pencils can mean going with out dinner.
Rather than continue having a school supply site we decided to combine this project with our Sponsorship of Students in Secondary Education. If you would like to continue helping Chikumbuso take care of these students please look at our other projects and choose from a list of ways you can help.
Thank you so much for the blessing you have been to Chikumbuso,
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