By Dr Norman Monks - Director Research and Conservation
Seedling planting and care
Whilst we consider this project important to the teachers and children at Maunga School in Livingstone Zambia, the support response has been very poor. This is through no fault of anyone - we understand that people are overextended in terms of finance to support projects.
It is therefore with reluctance that we will temporarily terminate fund-raising for this project via GlobalGiving. ALERT will continue to make donations where it can to keep up morale at the school and also to keep the flame burning. We know that better times will come.
What have we done to date? It does not sound like much but we gave out vegetable seed and fruit seedlings to the school (using the limited raised funds), with the intention of helping the school become more self-sufficient through the sale of produce. Despite the immediate fund-raising being terminated for now, the school will benefit from the sale of produce in time. We will keep supporting the school through visits and considering any urgent requests. As mentioned, it is important to keep up morale especially when an impoverished Community depends so much on the interest and help of others.
Thank you so much to those who were able to support this program. Here are a few photos of the schoolchildren and teachers planting seedlings. The school is near a stream so we are sure that the fruit trees will be well attended to. What is also important is that the children can identify with the importance of tree planting and how, by planting a seed or a seedling, they will help make a difference in their, and others’ lives.
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