C/O Kucetekela Foundation,
P/Bag E891, Manda Hill Centre,
15th August 2010
Greetings to all of you. I am writing this letter to share my experience as a Kucetekela Foundation student and my performance at school. Saying thank you to Kucetekela Foundation for everything it has done in my life and for my family will always be my first priority.
Kucetekela Foundation has brought joy to the lives of many families and individuals in Lusaka. For being one of these families and individuals I will forever remain grateful and thankful to Kucetekela Foundation because my life has greatly and positively changed. Before I became part of this foundation, I had talents and gifts which I was sitting on and had no idea of how to develop them. After joining the K.F. family, I had opportunities that I took advantage of and began developing my talents and using my God given gifts.
This organization has taught me a lot of things. Giving what you have to those lacking, with a pure heart and good intentions is one of the things that I have learned to do. K.F. gives me what I need and in turn, I give others what I can, for example, I give out help in my community in terms of teaching young children, some of them go to school and others do not. Even though I teach children, I cannot call it my community service programme because it is not taken seriously by the parents of the children. I often help in many things in my community. For instance, at church we do a lot of activities to help the sick and the disabled people in our community. When I am not at school, we usually have trips to hospitals and orphanages to visit the people who are there in different states.
Involving myself in all these activities has made me realize what I can do for others in life. As people always say “you can’t change the whole world but can change one’s world”. It is very important in life to help people even if you have no money to give them but offer them anything that they can use to change their lives to something better.
Coming to the part of class performance, I have continued working hard and hope to work harder in future. Being a student who knows what I want to do and where I want to be ten years from now, I always take off the banner for being poor and raise the banner for hard work and being focused. I do not let the fact that I came from a poor family hinder my happiness and my opportunities in life but I also remember where I am coming from.
I must say that I am happy with my performance in class and in sporting activities. I have books from the foundation and good teachers who help me in every subject and aspect of school life.
Through the foundation I am able to attend motivational conferences and talks from highly respected people in society. People who have made it in fife through struggles have talked to me about how circumstances change in life and about how to succeed using your God given talents and gifts.
I would like to let you know that I am the editor for the Kucetekela Foundation Mentors Newsletter and also the dormitory captain at my school. Many people have told me that I have great leadership qualities and can make a good leader. I usually ask people why they say this and the answers I get are that they can see a future leader from the way I carry myself, from the way I speak and from the way I do things with confidence. I feel very proud of myself when I hear this because it makes me feel good about myself as a person from a poor family.
I would like to return to my Kucetekela Foundation ever after I complete my secondary school. By being a mentor I would be paying back to the Foundation although not fully paying back because what K.F. has done for me cannot be described using words and there are no words that can express how much I thank the Foundation for everything single thing it has done for my family and me.
Thank you very much Kucetekela Foundation!
Edna A. Lungu