Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia

by HANDS AROUND THE WORLD
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Support Vulnerable Children in Monze, Zambia
Pupils starting grade 10 at Sobling High School
Pupils starting grade 10 at Sobling High School

It has been a busy time at Pizz School in Zambia. Exams were taken in December for children in Grade 7 and Grade 9. There was a good pass rate for children and we were pleased with the results.

Longer school holidays of 4 weeks follow for the children, more like UK summer holidays. The opening was delayed as there were some reported cases of Covid locally and the Government advised schools to stay closed for another 3 weeks. Fortunately, this did not affect any of the pupils or teachers at Pizz school. All staff and pupils continue with regular hand washing to help keep them safe.

It was back to school and the start of term at the end of January, as this is when the new academic year starts in Zambia. This is busy time as there is a great deal of change for children moving grades within Pizz school, but also those going on to other local schools.  Killian (local project manager) has been busily registering and paying school fees for Grade 9 students (Pizz school runs up to Grade 9) who have passed and who then move on to Grade 10. They complete Grade 10, 11 & 12 in local secondary schools. HATW is delighted to be able to support 30 students to complete these grades at secondary school. Sadly there are still barriers to this being open to all students, as they are required to pay fees to attend these schools.

With the change in President and promises of free primary and secondary education for all Zambians, HATW continues to explore all possibilities for the children at Pizz to be able to access these opportunities. As with any change, this takes time and we continue to monitor this with our partners at Pizz. For the time being, school fees are still a requirement to go on to secondary school for these children. 

We are hopeful that this change will be something that we can report on in the future.

Thank you as always for your support.

Pupils starting grade 10 at Mabwize Secondary
Pupils starting grade 10 at Mabwize Secondary
Pizz school leavers at Mabwize Secondary School
Pizz school leavers at Mabwize Secondary School
Project Manager Killian visiting pupils at Mabwize
Project Manager Killian visiting pupils at Mabwize
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It’s exam time at Pizz School in Monze and all the children are studying hard (we hope)! But it isn’t always easy to study when you have other household chores to do when you get home from school. Then when things go quiet and you have time to get your books out, it’s already too dark to read or write…

The light fades early evening every day in Zambia and it gets very dark. With no streetlamps and many homes without electricity, the children at Pizz school in Monze, struggle to study in the evenings. We’ve heard stories from children who have had near misses with candles, like falling asleep with the candle still burning. Solar lamps provide a safer alternative.

Last year we raised funds to purchase over 100 solar lamps for children in Zambia. Due to school closures and lockdowns, it took some time for our partners at Pizz School to purchase and distribute these. But thanks to your support, children like Matthew (pictured above) will be able to study in the evenings now. The reach of this support extends much further than one child though - many children study together and other family members in the household also benefit from the lamps.

Making it possible to study at home is another way that we can support children to reach their full potential.

If you would like to find out more about this initiative and how you can help, please contact jane@hatw.org.uk.

Thank you as always for your interest and support.

Happy to be able to study after dark now
Happy to be able to study after dark now
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Back in school before the recent lockdown, Zambia
Back in school before the recent lockdown, Zambia

It was a delight and a relief when pupils were able to return to school after the first Covid 19 lockdown in Zambia as it had been a real challenge for staff and volunteers to keep in touch with all the children and continue to offer care and practical help. A feeding programme had been implemented to supply basic foodstuff to those children most at risk of malnutrition. Sadly, many pupils are HIV positive and receiving treatment, it was particularly important that these children maintained access to adequate nutrition and antiretroviral drugs. The school also aimed to keep in touch with those children thought to be most at risk of abuse and early pregnancy. Learning and good exam results are not the only advantages of school attendance.

It was therefore of great concern to learn that schools have once more been required to close following an increase in Covid cases and consequent worries about the overwhelming of medical facilities. However, as has been the case throughout the pandemic, staff and volunteers at the school remain available to encourage, guide and support, helping to keep the children safe and cared for wherever possible. HATW staff and volunteers have maintained contact with the school, sharing the load with the local Monze team. Behind these people are you, our donors and supporters who give generously to enable Pizz School to continue to offer hope and life chances to vulnerable children in Monze.

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Lunch time at Pizz
Lunch time at Pizz

Some of the challenges of Covid 19 have been the same the world over and yet in some areas, even where infection rates appear to have been relatively low, coping with restrictions and regulations has been especially difficult. One such place is Monze in the southern province of Zambia where our partner project, Pizz School, is situated. As in many places teachers, support staff and pupils have had to cope with both fear of the deadly virus and with the reluctance of some to adhere to guidelines for social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.

Throughout the progress of the pandemic the staff of Pizz School have been there to guide, encourage and support the vulnerable children who are part of their community, helping to keep them safe and cared for. Behind the staff are the supporters of Hands Around The World, who have maintained sponsorship of the project and donated money towards the additional expenses brought by Covid. It’s hard to observe hand hygiene without adequate washing facilities and so HATW has supplied bowls and soap to enable the school to meet government criteria. Orphaned children are often cared for by extended family members who have struggled to provide for these children because of rising food prices associated with poor rains followed by the pandemic. HATW has provided funds for basic supplies to be given to those most in need. Learning at home is a real challenge in an area where evenings are dark and most rural homes are without electricity and so, thanks to HATW supporters the school is able to supply solar lamps to pupils.

Despite every attempt being made to maintain contact with all pupils during school closure there are inevitably some sad stories. Meg (not her real name) temporarily dropped through the net and, being desperate to support herself and her ailing grandmother, took the sad decision to prostitute herself to get money for food. When Pizz staff were able to make contact they found her in advanced pregnancy. Contact is now maintained and Meg has been provided with emotional support, food and clothing for her baby. It is hoped that she will return to education one day. Everyone at Hands Around The World and at Pizz School would like to express their gratitude to all those who, during a period which has been difficult throughout the world, have kept a global outlook and reached out beyond their own community.

Handwashing stations outside each classroom
Handwashing stations outside each classroom
Pupils all have facemasks now
Pupils all have facemasks now
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Thank you so much for your support. Below you can read about Mawini's journey with this project from grade 1 primary to university...

"I am a Zambian youth aged 24 years old in my final year of study at the University of Zambia pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine. I did my primary education at Pizz School in Monze under the supervision of Mrs Sianga who is also the school director. My academic journey from primary to secondary education has been with the support of HATW and it is through this organization that I have made it this far. HATW did not only provide for my financial need but for my social and emotional needs as well through various means which helped me fit in society despite been an orphan from the lowest income household group.

My degree journey ends this month (December, 2020) after which a new phase will begin. I stand not only as a HATW beneficiary but also as an example to most children out there indicating to them that with support, encouragement and help from the HATW family there is so much one can achieve regardless of their social status. My prayer and hope is to see many underprivileged children excel in life. Professionally I hope to become an internationally recognized veterinarian with a primary aim of setting an example for the younger generation while alleviating pain and suffering in animals.

I have faith and hope that next year (April, 2021) the HATW family will celebrate with me as I officially graduate as a Veterinary surgeon."

Please donate if you can and help more talented young people like Mawini reach for their potential.

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Location: MONMOUTH, MONMOUTHSHIRE - United Kingdom
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