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Build 3 Classrooms for 120 Students in Zambia

by The African Impact Foundation
Build 3 Classrooms for 120 Students in Zambia
Build 3 Classrooms for 120 Students in Zambia
Build 3 Classrooms for 120 Students in Zambia
Build 3 Classrooms for 120 Students in Zambia
Build 3 Classrooms for 120 Students in Zambia
Build 3 Classrooms for 120 Students in Zambia

Your generosity has enabled us to begin the construction of a 3 classroom block which is at the ground-breaking level! This was celebrated with a ‘Breaking the Ground’ ceremony hosted at the school last week.

The sun shone down on us gloriously as we marked a great day for both Libuyu Community School and the African Impact Foundation. Last Tuesday, the school management and community of Libuyu were very excited to see this dream come true!

Our special guest of honour was the District Education Board and his colleagues from the Department of Infrastructure Development. In his speech he encouraged the school and the community to guard the development generously. The ceremony involved poems and cultural dances, and appreciating the donors for what they have done for the school and community.

Sharon, our Sponsor A Child Coordinator, delivered a message of gratitude and hope. Watch here!

You could tell from the atmosphere how happy and thankful the community and children were for the upcoming classrooms. The singing and dancing was great to watch, with the teachers and parents getting involved also - they couldn’t help themselves!

Our hired contractors had cleared and marked the site in preparation for the commencement of work right after the ceremony and the guest of honour kicked off the project by breaking the ground with a pick and shovel.

You couldn’t stop our smiles - it was a great event marking an amazing milestone that could not have been achieved without your generous support! We are so thankful for your donations, and we look forward to sending you the building progress over the next five months!

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You did it! Libuyu Community School is getting three new classrooms!

We have officially reached our fundraising target and we couldn't have done it without your immense generosity! Because of you, a better learning enviroment will be provided to children in need of a brighter future. These three new classrooms won't only affect the students, but their families, communties, and the entire country of Zambia. 

Zambia is an exceedingly poor country with 78% of the population living below the extreme poverty line on less than a dollar a day. Without educated children, the cycle of poverty will continue through the generations. But because of you, there is hope for the children in Livingstone.

Although not all grades have returned to school yet due to government restrictions, we have an exciting groundbreaking ceremony planned for July 21st! While ensuring social distancing practices, there will be dances, poems, speeches, songs, and a digging of the ground to commence the construction of the classrooms. 

We look forward to sharing photos and videos with you from the day, as well as updating you as the builders progress! 

“The best thing about going to school is that I get to learn new things and it’s good for me because in life I can have a better future because of education and I can live a good life.” - Livingstone Student 

On behalf of the African Impact Foundation and the Libuyu Community School, THANK YOU! 

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To Our African Impact Foundation Family,

I hope this message finds you healthy and happy. It is difficult to stay positive during these tough times, however I myself have gotten through this time by thinking about the incredible impact you have all made and will continue to make on the people and environment across the African continent.

We are very excited to have raised the funds needed to start the classroom build. The groundbreaking ceremony was scheduled for early April, however with a shift in priorities due to the pandemic, we made the decision to postpone the construction until the situation has settled. We are continuing to plan the ceremony and the building company is on standby! We can't wait until we can begin and we hope to reach the full fundraising target soon! 

What has a shift in priorities looked like you may ask? Well for a lot of the communities we work with, there is unfortunately a lack of awareness around how contagious and serious the virus is, and everyone's susceptibility to it. A lot of lost jobs is leading to an increase in food insecurity, and little access to healthcare is concerning for many.

African Impact has had to go into a temporary hibernation due to travel bans, however the Foundation is committed to staying present in the communities by continuing critical activities and providing COVID-19 support - handing out disinfectant packages, setting up hand washing stations, continuing nutrition programs, translating information posters into local languages, and keeping in touch with beneficiaries via telephone where possible.

Your support means so much to us and we look forward to continuing this journey with you. To say thank you, we wrote a little song for you: Watch the video here!

Kind regards,

Sarah Nielsen
African Impact Foundation
Impact Manager


PS – We’ve created a Foundation Facebook Group to stay connected, spread positivity, and share project updates. Come join the fun!

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Mid last year we launched Libuyu building project. It started on a slow note but as we were approaching towards the end of the year we had a volunteer that was teaching at the same school who fell in love with school and wanted to help further. When she went back she advertised the project to her family and friends and raised over $19,000. 

With the funds raised so far; we will be able to start the building project. Begining of March we will be having our ground breaking ceremony for the  1x2 classroom block  then later build the 1x1  classroom block. 

Once the classroom block is finished not only will it accomodate 80 more students but this will mean that the government under the Ministry of education will send qualified teachers at the school. 

We would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to all that donated towards this project. 

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A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed towards building two classrooms for 80 students in Zambia!

We have been having small fundraisers on the ground with our volunteers and the community, and last month we brought in over $200 to go towards this project. The new classrooms will reduce the teacher to student ratio from 1:60 to 1:40 and provide a safe, encouraging learning environment.

Last month our volunteers also had the pleasure of celebrating World Teachers Day with thousands of teachers by marching with the ten teachers of Libuyu East Primary School. 

The recent exams that the students took resulted in a pass rate of 71%, and 32 students graduated to secondary school! 

Two volunteers offered to repaint a classroom at the school - they purchased the materials and involved three of the students in creating artwork. In addition, they are getting all of the classrooms’ chalkboards repainted, since many are so dull it is impossible to read the board from the back of the room. 

We look forward to seeing the continued impact that this project has on the education and futures of the students in the community! 

Thank you again for making this possible. 

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The African Impact Foundation

Location: Muizenberg, Western Cape - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Sarah Nielsen
Muizenberg, Western Cape South Africa

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