Mrs. Sianga and her dedicated team love and care for more than 400 vulnerable children, mostly orphans, giving them an excellent education and helping them grow in maturity, self esteem and confidence. It is a wonderfully inspiring special place. Many of the children come to school hungry and feeding them is an urgent challenge.
Poor people are dependent on what they can grow for themselves, and no rainfall is a disaster! Many children live just with siblings and no adults, and those who get to school come hungry - so we are trying hard to feed as many as possible a nutritious school meal. Although education at primary level is free, children are expected to buy uniform, have shoes, buy notebooks etc.. Many families cannot even provide these basic items. PIZZ provides a lot more than just an academic education.
With the help of a few generous supporters, in 2013 we started our 'Lunch Box Fund'. What a fantastic difference it has made! Not only do more children come to school regularly, but they are much more energetic and alert, generally healthier, and their improved school performance has seen exam results go through the roof! The children at the school would be unlikely to attend any other school.
Most of the children have lost one or both parents and the health of a parent or guardian is often poor. We get some idea of the poverty when we realise that a school meal or free uniform is a great attraction to the children. Some of the children even save some of their meal to take home to feed hungry brothers and sisters. To have children who reach their potential at school helps to ensure that the poverty cycle will be effectively broken.