Building a Future
Our priority now is helping Father Katete, Director of the Anglican Street Children’s Programme, to build a new school in Tembwe District, Chama. It will be a much-needed secondary school for girls. The girls in this area currently face a future of little or no education beyond basic school and there is still a prevalence of the traditional practice of child marriage. The area is so remote that most NGOs have found it very difficult to deliver help to the people.
The Livingstone Initiative has stepped in to help and has so far raised GBP 21,000 (USD 35,000) from the UK, GBP 10,000 of which has been donated by the Episcopal Diocese of Edinburgh through their 2013 Lent Appeal. These donations have paid for a brick-making machine; a borehole providing fresh, clean water for the first time; water storage tanks, an ablution block and a girls’ hostel. Boreholes are the main source of water in the area and this borehole replaced the only well, which was very small, very deep and very muddy. There is still a long way to go before the school can open.
We are looking for donations, offers of expertise, sponsorship, and partnerships to help build this school and open it. The new school will ultimately provide between 1000 and 1500 places for vulnerable girls and orphans, but there is much more to do. We want to complete the initial stage of construction, so the school can open. We therefore need your help to:
- Drill 2 more boreholes
- Construct a block of 3 classrooms
- Build a science laboratory
- Obtain equipment for the school, such as textbooks, library books, pencils, crayons, blackboards, desks, tables, chairs, etc.
The Zambian government is helping. It has built the Chama-Matumbo road – the first tarred road into the district. This allows access to the villages for the first time during the rains and has dramatically reduced travelling distance and time by road from Lusaka – it now takes less than a day. The Ministry of Education have agreed to supply teaching staff, build staff housing and support the school. The Village Chief, local people and the MP for the area are also very supportive of the school and Father Katete’s view is that the Chief and the local people’s contribution should help reduce costs by 30%. COMACO, a conservation agriculture company, are also helping the small-scale local farmers with their rice production and we are looking for ways to find new markets for this crop, to help boost the local economy.
Children are Zambia’s future and, through the provision of secondary education, these children will go on to be future leaders, doctors, parents and they in turn will be able to open up further opportunities to other children. Your support would be much valued in helping to bring about this change for the better in this far-flung community.
If you wish, you can designate your gift to a particular aspect of the project, or even sponsor a building and have it named after you or your company.
Please help us to make this school possible.