Before: Mr Habulembe's family lived in just 1 room
At PEPAIDS we are concerned about empowering the poorest of the poor for the long term. We know that a short project here and there won’t make the lasting difference that our communities, in Zambia, need to be able to overcome poverty and cope with the effects of HIV.
That’s why we’re still working with the same community schools that we’ve been with since 2010 when our Schools of Good Hope Project started. Our aim is to improve the quality of the education available to some of Zambia’s poorest school children.
We believe that the single most valuable resource a school can have is its teachers! Earlier in the year we told you about two teachers at Matimbia Community School, Mr Habulembe and Mr Chilala. Both were living in corners of the school building that weren’t ever meant to be houses, unless you were a pile of desks, that is!
Mr Habulembe and his whole family were living in the Headteacher’s office and Mr Chilala was living in a storeroom. The desks that were in the storeroom were being stored up a tree!
In Zambia, community schools are expected to provide accommodation in order for the Government to send them a trained teacher. The Head Teacher was very concerned that if she couldn’t provide adequate housing for the teachers, she would loose them. That’s where our schools of Good Hope Project comes in. Since 2010, Matimbia Community School has been partnered with Davyhulme Primary School in Greater Manchester, UK. The pupils at Davyhulme have been fundraising for their fellow pupils in Zambia, and they have managed to raise enough money to complete one whole house for a teacher!
PEPAIDS Founder and CEO, Helen Allen, went to see the new house and talk to its new occupants about the difference that it had made to them. Helen met Mrs Habulembe and the four children living with them aged 1, 8, 9 and 11, just two weeks after they moved in.
Mrs Habulembe said:
"The house is big and the children have their own rooms, so the family has more privacy now. Mr Habulembe can rest well and is refreshed when he goes to teach so his lessons are better".
It is easy to see the difference you have helped make. Best of all, the pupils at Matimbia will continue to get lessons provided by a trained teacher, which gives them hope for the future that they will be able to get a job when they're older and won’t have to stay poor! Thank you for your amazing support!
After: the whole family have a whole house!
Helen and the Head officially open the new house!
Mr Habulembe's family
Mrs Habulembe talks about the difference it's made