Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia

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.






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.




Young boy in the doorway of his home
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.

The very old lady
The very old lady

I am currently spending a couple of months in Monze. As always I am heartened by seeing the children looking well and happy.

Since I was last here the new classroom block has been brought into use and last December for the first time the children were able to sit their examinations at the school, rather than travelling to another examination centre.

As the school becomes more successful there are an increasing number of children who need help to continue their education at secondary school and university. Over the past few days I met Talent and Betty both of whom passed their grade 9 exams last year and have started at local secondary schools. The PIZZ project continues to provide support to these children and Hands Around the World seeks to acquire funds to pay their fees.

I also met Caster who has now gained his grade 12 certificate and is hoping to go to a local university to train as a secondary school teacher. One of the advantages I have as a long term volunteer and co-ordinator is that I can see how the project and the students grow. Caster told me that he first met me when he was in grade 2!

Supporting the children at PIZZ School is changing lives. Without your support and that of other sponsors many of the children would get no educaton at all – now they have a real chance to make a decent life for themselves and their families.

Thank you.

Some of the lovely children at PIZZ
Some of the lovely children at PIZZ

Once in a while in life one meets a truly inspirational human being. I have been privileged to meet several such people in the few weeks that I have been in Monze, Zambia. The two who stand out are Veronica Sianga - the founder and General Manager of PIZZ School and her husband Stephen Sianga, she is a retired nurse and he is a farmer  - they are both in their sixties.

Mrs Sianga worked at the local hospital and latterly was the Community AIDS Outreach Co-ordinator, a role which combined nursing and social work skills. In the dark days before Africa had access to HIV drugs, AIDS had an even more devastating effect than it has in 2017. Mrs Sianga was so moved by the plight not only of those infected by HIV, but also by the vulnerability of the orphans created by this disease, that she has determined to devote as many years as she is able to providing a support system for these families, most especially for the children, on whom the future of Zambia depends. Her husband is completely behind her, and also gives selflessly to improve the lot of the orphaned and vulnerable children in their community.

Since about 2005, HATW has been working with the Siangas, ably assisted by Chris Barrell our project co-ordinator who visits Monze annually. Over the years, the Siangas' vision has become our shared vision - to provide food, education, counselling and hope to an increasing number of children. What began as a drop-in youth club and a weekly open-house in their home offering whatever support was within their means, has become a thriving school and support centre which is providing brighter futures and is much valued by local people.

We met some of the school pupils yesterday and heard their stories - it was hard to hold back the tears because each tale of bereavement, neglect or abuse was further compounded by poverty and malnutrition. It is impossible to overstate the difference that PIZZ School has made to the lives of these children. Mrs Sianga knows and cares for each of them as individuals; the teachers are talented and dedicated despite working with very limited resources and low salaries. The volunteer care-givers, who often struggle themselves, are absolute gems too.

You, our supporters, are also a part of this team. Those of you who contribute to the PIZZ Lunchbox scheme help to feed these children, and our child sponsors support care and education. More than that though, you give value and self-esteem to these beautiful boys and girls who are so happy to know that you care enough about them to share what you have. If you could visit PIZZ school, and I hope that some day you might, then you would know this through the big smiles of some and the quiet connection with others. Meanwhile, all I can do is say “thank you” - never doubt that you make a difference, you are doing that every day.



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David Steiner
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Monmouth, Monmouthshire United Kingdom

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