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Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia

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Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia

Host Killian writes:

Four volunteers visited Pizz School in Monze, Southern Province of Zambia in August to promote the holiday club. Myfanwy, David, Chris and Paul. Many activities were carried out including reading, writing and drawing, playing netball and football, and accompanying 76 of the orphans and vulnerable children to Victoria Falls, one of the greatest wonders of Africa. Here the pupils had time to see many of the animals they had only seen in books.

The volunteers had time to conduct home visits in Monze, meeting with caregivers who look after the children.

We thank Hands around the World for your support and thank these volunteers for finding time to come to visit us. Your help goes a long long way and the impact of your work is appreciated by us all in the community of Monze.

Myfanwy writes:

My first introduction to the Zambian countryside was the setting sun colouring the evening sky.
Following our meeting with Mr and Mrs Sianga and the teachers, we soon established a daily routine at the Holiday Club of sports, games, crafts, singing and a daily story in the classrooms of over 50 children between 6-18. I am impressed on how creative and imaginative the children are making windmills, sundials, paper plate tapestries and a collage of the Zambian map. Our most impressive creation was a Hands Around The World circle of hands on the floor.

We visited the local mission hospital and a local clinic. However our most humbling experience was the visit with the care givers to exceptionally vulnerable families in need. We presented Mr and Mrs Sianga with donated wool and knitting needles along with books, school stationery and crafts.
The school and equipment is in much need of maintenance with the classrooms having to accommodate an increasing number of orphaned and vulnerable children. The teachers work hard to achieve very good results, in difficult circumstances. My time at Pizz has been enjoyable and memorable.

David and Chris write:

Our time at Pizz school was full on and very rewarding. Our days quickly fell into a pattern of running the holiday club in the morning with the help of some teachers and seeing various aspects of life in the community in the afternoons.

We had between one hundred and two hundred children each day and started with outdoor games including sack races and ball games. Some then went to play football with Chris and others did activities in two classrooms, crafts with Myfanwy and games with me. It was quite daunting having to entertain up to fifty children in one room. However they quickly settled into groups and made puzzles, did word games, snakes and ladders and Jenga. They were incredibly enthusiastic and happy.

We painted one classroom and repaired lots of desks, but there is a lot more basic maintenance needed.

We discussed the poultry project with the team and visited two other poultry projects to pick up ideas. We agreed to use some of our fundraising monies to pay for training on the use of the new incubator and poultry management, however further funds will be needed for the project to come to fruition.

We greatly enjoyed our time in Monze. The people were extremely friendly and remarkably cheerful considering the many daily challenges that they face.

In all, we spent 18 days helping at the school, but on one of the days we took 76 children to Livingstone. A very enjoyable experience, especially seeing all the children enjoying themselves!

Paul writes:

Prior to going, preparations included a range of inoculations and an induction day which covered some background to the charity, country and the school along with the purpose of the trip and understanding some of the challenges we might face. We also picked up extra luggage which we were taking out to the school on our journey.

After a number of delays it took over 36 hours to travel to Monze from my home in Manchester. On arrival at Lusaka we were greeted by the majority of our bags but unfortunately 2 were left without their luggage for a week...

We were met by Killian the manager for Pizz School. The 115 mile journey to Monze took at least 6 hours on punishing roads with constant traffic and some hair-raising driving. By the time we got to Monze it was dark. We arrived at the ‘Relax’ guesthouse where we met the Siangas, the school directors. Our welcome meal was Nshima (a kind of savoury maize semolina) with chicken. An exhausting day!

The following morning Killian took us on a tour of the town. The school is spread across three sites, and looks a bit run down, in need of some basic maintenance, but with some new buildings under construction. It was nearing the end of the term and the kids we met were fantastic from the start, very happy to see us and clearly delighted to be in school.

On the Monday morning we started at the holiday club, set up to support the children, partly to ensure that all children had at least one meal a day. We played games with the children, sorted the computer room and helped out with the school's incubator project. Games popular with the kids included football, sack races and hopscotch. Myfanwy turned out to be a star organiser with many ideas, activities and materials to keep the children occupied.

We had been also asked to help gather data on height and weight of all of the children which we did - the children had a good laugh when I tried out the weighing scales!

The charity provides support for 400+ kids but there were actually 627 when we were there, with food and resources shared and stretched to match… Due to limited funds, teachers are paid less than government equivalents, so retention and staff turnover is an ongoing issue. The children are supported by a network of volunteer caregivers in their home environments. The children were surprisingly happy and excited to be there and were very inquisitive towards us. They were clearly making the most of their situation, and always smiling. Those preparing for exams were diligent and hardworking and appreciative of all of the support they received.

It was a very rewarding experience. It felt like we could make a real difference and we tried to make some time to reflect on each day and plan what we could do the next… We felt safe and welcome in the town and enjoyed wandering through the markets and shops. It was very humbling to hear about the history of the school and what has been achieved so far. There is a clear, genuine desire to help the children at the school. It seemed that the school was well regarded in the local community whenever we mentioned what we were doing in Monze.

We did experience frustrations. Money was needed wherever you looked. Some of the initiatives, while well intentioned, were not always fully thought through…

I left the project, all too soon, with mixed feelings. I was so looking forward to seeing my own family but it felt like the job was only partly done with a clear need for more support going forward. With the hard work and dedication of the school and the charity I know things will continue to improve and I hope that I have made a positive contribution so far and will continue to do so in the future. I currently sponsor a child at the school through the charities ‘Hand in Hand’ scheme and would encourage others to do the same. It is easy to get wrapped up in our own busy lives and issues but so much of it seems trivial given the real problems that many around the world face every day.

Making Paper Fans
Making Paper Fans
Sack Races!
Sack Races!

At the UK end, there are lots of plans and preparations going on for Myfanwy, David, Chris and Paul who are going to take part in a Holiday Club for the children at Pizz during their school holidays in August. The last 2 such ventures in recent years were lively and very much appreciated!

No doubt, aside from their stated aim, these volunteers will help in lots of other ways from working on computer and internet access issues, to finding ways to maximise the benefits of the new egg incubator. They're also hoping to arrange a trip to Victoria Falls in a borrowed bus for as many of the children as safely possible!

You could help too with a donation towards the cost of this exciting adventure for the kids - please chip in if you can! Every little helps...

At the Zambia end, new Pizz classrooms are going up fast to support home economics and computer studies. There will shortly also be a new toilet block and much improved water supplies. And 5 former Pizz students who passed their Grade 12 exams last year are starting nursing training this month thanks to a generous Trust fund donation. Meanwhile the next tranche will sit their Grade 9 exams shortly.

The Zambia rainy season has passed and people will have been hungry as they were awaiting the harvest. Maize harvest has now come, but following an unseasonably dry spell, the yields were fairly low this year especially in southern Zambia (around Monze where Pizz is).

Life is hard, and people find that food in the shops is unaffordably expensive. They grow what they can themselves, and seek out bargains in the vegetable market. Government schools, especially secondary, are inaccessible to most families on grounds of cost, and so for the most disadvantaged, those who go through Pizz, the opportunities presented by the school and its social support network feel like a real God-send.

Please help us to keep their wonderful work going. Thank you.

Little Rose, one of the orphaned children at Pizz
Little Rose, one of the orphaned children at Pizz
Lots of building work going on!
Lots of building work going on!
Group of Caregivers with Pizz Manager Killian
Group of Caregivers with Pizz Manager Killian

Pizz School in Monze, Zambia is well-respected within the local community  and so is able to utilise the invaluable resource of a group of unpaid volunteer Caregivers who identify vulnerable children from within their villages and continue to offer support to them throughout their time at the school. When I visited them for an extended period last year, I was most impressed by their commitment and enthusiasm.

This group has met together recently to plan support for the months ahead. Their plans are ambitious and they don’t currently have the resources to bring all of them to fruition, but they remain determined and hopeful.

Hands Around The World has been able to provide donated knitting and sewing items along with a few hand sewing machines - these will be used to teach useful handwork skills to the pupils.

The Caregivers are also hoping to set up a poultry unit and to grow maize, this will help provide both food for the children and income for the school. HATW is currently seeking funds to purchase an incubator to help establish the poultry unit.

The emotional development and safety of the children is also vital to their wellbeing and so the Caregivers provide counselling where needed and also encourage dialogue on the effects of early marriages and pregnancies, HIV/AIDS and safeguarding awareness.

Pizz School works in an holistic way to nurture and support children to reach their potential, feeding their bodies and their minds. By all working together, Staff, Caregivers, other volunteers and financial supporters, real and significant changes are being made to the lives and prospects of children who might otherwise fall by the wayside.

Please help us to continue to provide the support and encouragement they need. Thank you.

Older Children
Older Children

At PIZZ School another school year has finished and, as in schools around the world, children move into new classes and some children move into new schools. More very vulnerable, and often traumatised, children will be enrolled into PIZZ School and start their journey of hope.

The children who have taken their grade 7 and grade 9 exams are waiting for their results – due any day now. PIZZ School has now been accepted as an examination centre and is now able to hold exams at the school rather than having to travel to neighbouring schools. A temporary computer centre has been constructed to enable examinations in computing to take places.

We look forward to more excellent results and hope we can support more children complete their secondary education. It is great to see the children well prepared to move to the next stage in their lives and make their way in life with a new sense of hope.

Building work is starting to provide extra classrooms and improve the water and sanitation. At this time the rainy season is well underway and construction has to be done around the showers.

The New Year promises more progress at PIZZ School and an excellent future for the students. Please continue to give hope to these children. Thank You.

 

 

 

 

Musicians
Musicians
Prudence
Prudence

Prudence left PIZZ School two years ago, she is now at Fountaingate Secondary School and is still funded through this project. She lives with her brother, but their house has no electricity.

We are unable to provide all the students with electricity at home, but we have been able to supply PIZZ school with solar lighting. This will enable students like Prudence to come along to the school in the evenings to do their homework and meet with former school friends.

Sometimes we can forget just how many people throughout the world lack even the most basic facilities and how grateful they are for a little help. After the installation of the lights Mrs. Sianga sent me this message saying “Hallo Mr. Chris we really enjoy the lights. The school looks nice at night, we feel like staying at school the whole night!”

Night in Zambia arrives between 17.30 and 18.30 each evening depending on the time of year. In recent years mains power has been unreliable - particularly during the early evening when there is maximum demand. Solar power is now the most reliable source and the new installation will make a big difference to the school. The school day has suddenly been extended to provide extra tuition and activities, adding to the opportunities and experiences of the children and truly bringing extra light into their lives.

Thank you for your donations, which have helped to make this possible.

 

 

 

 

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HANDS AROUND THE WORLD

Location: MONMOUTH, MONMOUTHSHIRE - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.hatw.org.uk
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Project Leader:
David Steiner
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Monmouth, Monmouthshire United Kingdom

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