Project #7320

Support Orphaned Children in Monze, Zambia


Maxwell has been accepted into university to study science - he is the second student from PIZZ School to go to university.


Tomorrow -3rd October - the year 9 students from the school will be sitting their exams. In previous years the children have had to travel to nearby schools to take their examinations, but recently PIZZ School was approved as an examination centre. So tomorrow for the first time the students will sit their exams in their own school. As well as being far more convenient this will reduce the costs.


We are hoping for great results again this year which could result in a need to fund more than a hundred students at Secondary School next year at a cost of £30,000. We are keen to help every child reach their potential – please continue to support us in this mission.


Thank You,



Chris Barrell

Happy children at School
Happy children at School

A child who had lost both parents was found by a young man, whilst visiting his parents at a fishing village a long way from town. The boy caught fish in order to survive, because he had no one to look after him. Fortunately the young man brought him to PIZZ School asking if they would allow him to enrol. He is joining many other children with their own stories at the school, where now at last there will be people keeping an eye on him, and he will get a meal each day.

I am just coming to the end of a two month visit here in Zambia. I have been so impressed by the way every child is given individual attention at the school and any issues are followed up with the guardians. This care is rewarded with good attendance at school and excellent academic results.

Some who haven't necessarily been very successful academically are now employed as builders, shop assistants and one is even now a vicar.

Thank you for your continued support, you can be assured that there are many children benefiting from your donations. You couldn't use your money in a better way!


An empty Bowl
An empty Bowl
PIZZ Teaching Staff
PIZZ Teaching Staff
Mrs Sianga leads celebrations at School
Mrs Sianga leads celebrations at School
Henry Tembo
Henry Tembo

The students from PIZZ School are not forgotten when they leave after Grade 9. In Zambia the children have a further 3 years of study before they finish their secondary education and we are keen to ensure that the students achieve their full potential.

PIZZ School provides the support and encouragement needed for the children to have confidence to move into local secondary schools if they pass their grade 9 examinations.

This year a total of 74 children took the examinations and a remarkable 53 children passed. With the examination pass rate in many Zambian schools at less than 10%, this was a wonderful result and a testament to the dedication and hard work put in by Mrs S and her staff.

We would like all these children to complete their education. It costs about £300 per year per child to pay secondary school fees, so the success of PIZZ school also presents a challenge! So far most of the successful children have been enrolled in secondary schools, including Janes who was featured at the end of last year. She obtained excellent results and has been accepted at one of the top Monze secondary schools.

Mrs. S keeps in touch with her former students and where possible I meet them when I visit Zambia. I will be returning in May and staying for about two months.

Henry T, one of these students, is now a young man. He studies at Manungu Secondary School on the south side of the town. He enjoys biology and chemistry and plays football for local team The Young Arrows. He told me last year that he would like to become a journalist. I am hoping that he will write a brief article about himself which we could use in a future report.

Please continue to help us to provide the education for Janes, Henry and all of the other children for whom we are making a huge difference.


One of the great things about sponsoring children is hearing all about them, and realising what a huge difference you have made in their lives. I thought you would like to hear about one of those in Zambia lucky enough to be sponsored currently:

I met Emelda again when I went out last year. She is studying at Manungu Secondary School near Monze. Emelda's favourite subjects are English and Biology – she would like to become a doctor.

Emelda likes music. She doesn't play an instrument but enjoys listening – she thinks that if she tried she would be able to learn. She sings in a school choir.

Emelda started at PIZZ School in grade 1 and continued through to complete grade 9 in 2014, before going on to Secondary..

She said that if it wasn't for PIZZ School she would probably have become a 'street kid' and her life would have been miserable. She is very grateful for the opportunity provided by the school.

If you too would like to sponsor a child, please get in touch!

At PIZZ Primary school the cost is £10 per month or £120 per year (for 5 years) and at Secondary school it is £100 per term or £300 per year (for 3 years)

Janes - still smiling!
Janes - still smiling!

PIZZ School aims to reduce the number of orphaned and vulnerable children on the streets, to provide them with an education, but more than that, to show that they are valued and give the children hope for a better future. Children are all treated as individals and are not abandoned when they leave the school. Where possible, children are supported through secondary school and beyond.

Children who started in the early days of PIZZ School are now completing their education or are already working in the neighbourhood. More are about to move from PIZZ School – hoping to go to local secondary schools, or into further education or training. The staff at the school maintain the link and monitor progress.

One of the children who will leave this year is Janes (pronounced 'Janice'). Many will know her face from some of our literature and publicity material. She is the girl with the frizzy hair and lovely smile. This photo was taken some years back. Janes still has a wonderful smile, but has grown into a confident mature young lady. She says that PIZZ School has improved her ambitions in life. On my last visit, Janes acted as spokesperson for the students at the school and she made a short video for the Hands Around the World birthday celebrations - greeting those attending on behalf of the school. Janes hopes to move to a local secondary school and eventally become a doctor or nurse. Her results are very good and no doubt, with adequate funding, she will achieve her ambitions.

Unfortunately the number of orphaned and otherwise disadvantaged children in the area has not decreased and the demand for places at PIZZ School has increased during this year. In response the school has increased the number of children enrolled at the school from 215 to 370. There are now two streams of grade 8 and grade 9 students to cope with children who lost funding after grade 7. The number of teachers has also has had to be increased to a total of 16.

Despite the challenge of the extra numbers, all the children are still being fed making a difference to their performance as well as their health.

An additional classroom block is now well under construction, though there are challenges to find funding for toilets and water supply.

The local managers and staff continue to do a remarkable job despite big challenges. The school receives no government funding and is totally reliant on donations. Thank you for you support, please continue helping this project and give children like Janes hope for the future.

Group of PIZZ children
Group of PIZZ children

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Location: MONMOUTH, MONMOUTHSHIRE - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
David Steiner
Executive Officer
Monmouth, Monmouthshire United Kingdom

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