Sponsor A Child program has impacted a lot of our sponsored children in so many ways. We took our time to find out from one of our past beneficiaries Edna Banda and now under the sponsor of a future program.
What does Sponsor A Child mean to you?
And this was her response: Sponsor a child to me means securing a child's future through education and not only that but also means helping out children who are in need, faced with different challenges of life with no hope of a bright future. It accorded me a chance to be in school and also be able to have all my school fees and school requirements catered for.
How has the Sponsor A Child impacted you?
And this was her response: Since my parents passed on when I was still a toddler; my grandparents have been taking care of me. My grandparents are very old and don’t work just do some piece of work to put food on the table, which is a real struggle. Before I was sponsored there used to struggle to pay for my school fees and buy all the school requirements. Therefore, Sponsor, A Child program has impacted me in many positive ways. Am now able to achieve my dreams of becoming a Nurse because someone, somewhere devoted their resources to see to it that my school needs are covered.
How do you feel to be in college now?
And this was her response: I feel very excited because am slowly achieving my dreams; it’s indeed a dream come true. I didn't know that I will come this far with my education because my grandparents are not financially stable.
When the schools opened in the second term the classroom block was all ready for use. This classroom is vital in creating more learning space so that the children have a more suitable space for their lessons.
Once the DEBS gives clearance the school will be able to introduce grade 8 & 9 next year and it will automatically become a government. Currently the grade seven (7) are the ones using the classroom.
Every July our partner Tag Rugby sends volunteers from Mill hill School in the UK to teach & coach tag rugby in a few schools around Livingstone and Zambezi Sawmills been one of them. Before Mill hill School came they held a fundraiser each of the students asked their parents to donate towards building of a shelter at Zambezi Sawmills Community School. From Monday the 11th Mill hill students were busy building the shelter while others were working on the food garden. Once the shelter is complete it will be used for remedial classes meaning the pupils will no longer learn under a tree.
On behalf of all the children, present and future, and their families we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in raising the money for the school improvement not forgetting the Tag Rugby team (Mill Hill School) who came all the way from UK to help; from raising enough funds to building the shelter.
We were also privileged to have one of the Global Giving staff visiting the site.
The last step of the school improvement is to build the teachers house. This will add extra security and a small income to the school.
During the first three months of 2016 Zambezi Sawmills School has been transformed. We were able to raise $3,881.27, $1,269.50 through GlobalGiving, which was enough to complete the borehole and water pump which in turn has led to their feeding garden to start really thriving. They now grow enough food to ensure that all the children can be supplied with a nutritious meal every day. We were also able to finish building the classroom in time for the end of the first school term. Over the school holidays they are strengthening the concrete on the floor, and it will be completely ready for the children to start learning in from the first day of the second term. This classroom is vital in creating more learning space so that the children have a more suitable space for their lessons. Vitally it gives the school the additional space needed to accommodate grades 8 and 9 (currently they teach grades 1-7) which is part of the criteria for becoming a government school. Once they are eligible for funding from the government they will able to educate using government trained teachers who get paid reasonable monthly wages. They will receive resources for the children and no longer have to rely on volunteers and donations for money, teaching staff, and learning materials. This grants each child their right for a quality education to provide them with opportunities for success when they are older. Quality education is the biggest weapon we have against poverty and inequality. This classroom is a big step towards better education for the 500+ children currently attending Zambezi Sawmills School and for the many thousands of children who will attend in the future. The last step of the school improvement is to build the teachers house. This will add extra security and a small income to the school. On behalf of all the children, present and future, and their families we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in raising the money for the school improvement. You have made a bigger difference in the lives of these children and the community than you will ever realize and we are so grateful for your kindness and support.
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