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.
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.
By Rev Ben Luck | HANDS AROUND THE WORLD Volunteer
Young boy in the doorway of his home
Ben Luck has just returned from Zambia. He writes:
I thought I was going to Monze to help install solar lighting equipment in Pizz School, and I had been preparing by studying the manual and collecting the tools and equipment we needed. But that’s not what happened, for the whole month I was there the equipment was stuck at Lusaka airport, impounded by customs. While this was frustrating and disappointing, it also meant that I could spend my time in Monze (it was my first visit) in a different way. I had more time just to be there, to meet and spend time with people, to shop in the market. I was lucky to go out with Chris B who has been there for many years and has many friends.
Also, I was able to spend time visiting children and families in their homes. Pizz has a wonderful system of care givers, ladies who live in different parts of the community and who have ‘their ear to the ground’, in other words they know where the children are in greatest need, and when a family is experiencing particular difficulties. So I was able to go out visiting with these caregivers. Briefly, and to give a flavour, these are some of the visits I made:
A girl who suffers from epilepsy and who had had a fit that morning. She lives with her grandmother.
A brother and sister who go to secondary school. But they are required to bring a packed lunch. Because they are unable to do this, they come home at midday. (Even when children have left Pizz, the care continues).
A girl who was unable to be at school because she was looking after her sick mother. Her mother was lying on the hard floor, with no blanket. She makes a small living by selling fish in the market, but since being ill has been unable to do this. So there was no food in the house.
A ten year old boy who lives with his grandmother; they were sitting on the ground shelling maize. She is ill, and lives in a small hut with eleven grandchildren.
A young mother who had a traffic accident when she was one month pregnant. Her beautiful daughter was born without legs.
A very old lady who doesn’t know how old she is but thinks over a hundred! She has been been confined to bed for many years, cared for by her daughter who is herself partially disabled through polio.
So although I was unable to install the solar lights as planned, perhaps through these visits I was able to gain a deeper understanding of everyday life in Monze, of the challenges which people face and the courage and dignity with which they do this.
Also, I was able to appreciate the value of Pizz School, not only giving a great education but also understanding and caring for the children in their home situation as well.
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