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Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
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Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
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Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia
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Hello, my name is Jenny and I'm a volunteer with the Monmouth based charity, Hands Around The World. 

During February 2020, I was so pleased to be able to visit one of HATW projects in Zambia. This was my second trip to Pizz School in Monze, and just like my first visit last year, it was a very rewarding experience. I knew I had "unfinished business" from 2019. How could I not visit this truly amazing school again? 

I was overwhelmed by the beautiful welcoming faces of pupils, staff and the caregivers, a group of ladies who dedicate their time, love and energy to support the school. 

We had a very busy schedule to complete during our time there, but all this was done knowing that the school and HATW would benefit from the results. It included talking with 60+ sponsored children and finding out a little more about their life in Monze and at school. I chatted away and during our conversations, I was able to understand more about the challenges they face in life. At times, it was heart-breaking to listen to. Many were orphans, hungry and living in crowded homes without reading books, electricity and, a few, without love. My emotions jumped from sadness, happiness, overwhelming love all in a second. And yet, amongst it all, there were smiley faces, stories of achievement and success. Stories of finding happiness in school with their friends and teachers. Playing games with their friends and having fun. Reading books and learning about the interesting world around them. I felt very humbled and truly blessed to be part of the Pizz School family. My extended families of the HATW team and Pizz school have brought much happiness to my life. In some small way, I have touched the hearts of the children, as indeed, they have mine. We laughed, smiled, had fun and all the worries and unhappiness was forgotten for a while. I often say, I lived every second of every day in a way I had never thought of. 

Mrs Sianga, who founded Pizz School, wanted to provide a place for children who are safe, cared for and clothed. A place where children can have access to education and feel their lives are important. A place where a meal is provided each day, for some the only meal they have. 

If you are considering becoming a volunteer for a charity, please consider Hands Around The World. Together we can and do make a lasting difference to the lives of children and young adults. 

Thank you. 

Jenny and the caregivers at Pizz
Jenny and the caregivers at Pizz
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Bebeto - a determined young man!
Bebeto - a determined young man!

Whilst the recent times the story from Zambia has focused very much on the severe drought, failed harvest and its consequences, it is good to hear that people are trying hard to keep going in the face of such adversity.

The picture above is of Bebeto who has just finished his first term at university thanks to a lot of hard work and generous sponsorship. He is one of our former Pizz students. Bebeto’s is a remarkable achievement for a young man from a disadvantaged family – his father died when he was a child, his widowed mother Desteria writes: “Thank you very much for this your team has done for a poor mother like me. You decided to help me carry this load and make things light for me. I am really happy now and my mind is at peace. May God richly bless you. Greetings to you all.”  Desteria has for 10 years dedicated herself to working with the orphaned and vulnerable children at Pizz School. An inspirational teacher, she herself was orphaned as a child, but sheer determination got her a qualification through distance-learning!

Water is a hot topic during this drought, and as you can no doubt imagine, there is much excitement at Pizz surrounding the completion of the installation from the borehole of water tank, solar-powered pump, pipes and plumbing to the vegetable garden and new toilet block. (See pictures below)

This is a busy time as the new school year commences next week, with new little children starting, and older ones moving on to secondary schools elsewhere.

Thank you so much for your help in making this happen!

.

New water tank and stand
New water tank and stand
Water pipes and tap
Water pipes and tap
Solar panels for water pump
Solar panels for water pump
The smart new toilet block!
The smart new toilet block!
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Happy children at Pizz
Happy children at Pizz

In recent months, several UK volunteers have had the privilege of visiting Pizz school in Zambia. When they return and arrive at the Monmouth office for their debriefing session, there are 2 observations that many of them share.

The first brings some sadness to the Hands around the World team because it relates to the poverty in the wider community and outlying villages – we just don’t have the resources to help all the children who need and deserve a better life.

The second observation brings a glow of pride. Our volunteers note, with some surprise, that the children who attend Pizz School smile and look clean, adequately clothed, healthy and well-nourished. Of course they do!

This is because what our overseas partners achieve with your help, changes lives and brings hope and happiness to orphaned and vulnerable children.

What we are doing together, works, and makes a real difference. Thank you!

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Me with one of the large classes!
Me with one of the large classes!

Visit to Pizz school, Monze, by Jane Powell, Operations Manager

I was lucky enough to visit this school earlier this year with a lovely group of volunters and gain more of an insight into life as a young Zambian in school. Not having been to Zambia before, I felt very welcomed and everyone was helpful and friendly. Visiting the school, my remit was to spend some time understanding the challenges that many face day to day, paint a couple of classrooms, visit families in the local communities, have conversations with teachers and finally to spend some time with the children and learn more about their lives. We managed all of this in just 7 days in Monze!

The school is doing well and there is a steady stream of children who want a place at Pizz. This is hard to refuse when you are face to face with a child in need.

I experienced a deeper understanding of the impact that the school has on families when I went visiting within the local community. If a child is attending Pizz school, they also get Nshima (a Zambian staple dish) for lunch every day. When that child returns home, that may be the only meal they have that day, which takes the pressure off the grandparents to feed another person. This is a reality for many families – elderly, frail and sometimes poorly grandparents in custody of their grandchildren as their children have died. Many do not have enough to exist on themselves and regularly forgo medication and food in favour of feeding grandchildren. I found his very hard to rationalise in the 21st Century.

The children were all a delight to engage with and seemed to thoroughly enjoy having us there. Classes were big – 55 children in each, yet the teachers were in control and there was a positive atmosphere. We also played a football match and netball match which were highly competitive and hot!

Meeting Killian and Mrs Sianga and spending time with them was very important to deepen my understanding of the issues that they face. This all helps HATW work much more effectively with the local partners if there is a good relationship. They are both incredibly committed to the project and offer so much to all the children. They also were able to highlight and show us issues that come up daily that they have to work with.

Visiting an overseas project and offering skill sharing and support is such a privilege and more people should consider it. It is such a powerful thing to see these projects first hand and to witness so many success stories as well as seeing sad life events which are normal for some people in Zambia. It changes you as a person for the better.

Needless to say, as soon as flights became available I booked to go back next year.

Mrs Sianga and me
Mrs Sianga and me
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I recently returned from a successful visit to Pizz in February. This was my first trip to the school and it was brilliant to meet the team and the students and to learn more about the project. We spent just over a week at Pizz, which gave me time to see how things work and where help is needed.

I worked closely with Mrs Sianga and Killian during my stay and built a good relationship with them both, which is important for the future of the partnership. During the first few days, I got to look around the school and meet the teachers as well as the management team. This enabled us to identify specific needs, which we have subsequently discussed with the team back in the UK and we hope to support the following initiatives:

-          Sending money for exercise books, which will help develop reading skills

-          Securing funding for older students to progress towards a career (a couple of students are applying to universities and another is starting a course to become a lorry driver

-          Searching for funding for more computers to help teach computer science

-          Sourcing a motorcycle to help the local team visit children and families in the community and monitor pupils sponsored at various secondary schools

The rest of my time at Pizz was spent getting to know the children. They put on a welcome show for us with singing, dancing and poetry, which was all really nice to see. I also sat in on a few classes, which was interesting and allowed me to learn more about education in Zambia.

I went with Killian for a day of home visits out in the community to talk to some of the families whose children where at Pizz. This was one of the hardest days for me seeing the level of poverty in Monze. But something positive I took from the day, was that the families were happy that their children were at Pizz and that the project was making a difference to their lives.

For the last few days of my visit, I had time to talk with all the sponsored children in our Hand in Hand child sponsorship programme. It was nice to learn more about the students and I now have plenty to report to our sponsors.

Overall, it was an incredible experience being at Pizz. I could see just how passionate the management team and the teachers are about the work they are doing. They all care so deeply about the children they are helping, and this makes a huge difference to the project. I had such an incredible time and I cannot wait to get back out there!

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