Lots of new Books at the School
At this time the students are busy with their end of year exams. Those who are in Grade 9 will be working hard to get get good results and hope to find sponsorship to continue with their studies at a local secondary school. Mrs Sianga already supports a number of students in secondary school with support from HANDS AROUND THE WORLD.
The gardening project is progressing well – providing extra food and a little income, but most importantly teaching the children useful skills.
The children at the school are now receiving a small meal each day. This is helping them to concentrate better on their lessons. This is very important and, funding permitting, it will become a long term facility provided at the school. The harvest this year has been very poor and the prices have risen, resulting in more hunger among the school children, so a good meal is particularly valuable. At least at the moment the trees are heavy with mangoes, which provide a readily-available supplement to the diet. But the current rainy season doesn't look good. Very little rain fell until last week when damage from very heavy rain, strong winds and lightning has left additional problems for some families.
Through the generosity of a number of supporters, we were able to provide an extra supply of books a couple of months back. This was desperately needed to give the children direct access to textbooks. The situation is still far from ideal – students still need to share textbooks – but it is a vast improvement on the earlier situation.
We wish the students success in their exams and look forward to the new intake of children in Grade 1 in January.
I am happy to add this letter written by Olden Hamabibi the school Head:
"HI FRIENDS OF PIZZ SCHOOL,
We are happy to share with you about our school. The school has achieved a lot in terms of empowering the orphans and vulnerable in the society.
From the time we opened Grade 8 and 9, the school has managed to empower 200 orphans through education; in 2010, 8 pupils got certificates; in 2011, 8 got certificates, and in 2012, 10 pupils got certificates. The first group has now completed Grade 12 this year.
The most successful orphan in the history of our school is Mawini Mwandabantu who wants to study medicine.
The children are happy and send you their joy for the support, to all friends of HANDS AROUND THE WORLD.
Our plans are to get more orphans in school if you continue supporting us. The school has a challenge of buildings to have all the growing numbers of orphans and vulnerable in the society to be in the school to learn. The children are saying thank you very much.
PIZZ School feeding programme has played a pivotal role to our orphans. The foillowing are the many benefits for the children and the administration:
Learning to grow Vegetables at School