First of all I would like to thank everyone for voting for the Aidex Humanitarian Hero’s Award, for which I was shortlisted to the final four, and for your many kind messages. The charity gained a great deal of exposure and already we have received support as a result of my attending the event, after the sponsors paid towards my expenses. The worthy winner was an Austrian Red Cross volunteer, who had worked with Ebola and refugees.
Before the event I had recently travelled to Zambia to see the progress we are making, which is quite remarkable. Most especially with the completion of River View School development thanks substantial to grant aid from GOAC. In addition to the 1×4 classroom block, the grant paid for 3 double VIP latrines, 85 desks and mosquito nets. I personally distributed 1,250 mosquito nets to every child and teacher as part of a pilot scheme to help eliminate malaria in this District.
A substantial grant from the BFSS has enabled us to expand Chaba Primary School in Mukuni Chiefdom after grade 8 had been closed due to lack of teaching space. Currently children are walking 12 km to seek education. A new 1×2 classroom block and double VIP latrines are being constructed. Another 1×2 classroom block was completed at Bunsanga community school, generously funded by Attraction Tickets Direct, who have since agreed to fund a teacher’s house. 20 desks were donated as a result of a donor fundraiser and each pupil was given a filled school bag courtesy of por partner, School in Bag.
I spent time working with the older orphans we sponsored who have now completed school or gone on to further education. Jacob Siatubitu, the first beneficiary to go to high school proudly showed me his Diploma in Agriculture, has sought employment and vows to help his community and the charity. The group of peer educators continue to conduct HIV prevention workshops. I offered them seven of them the chance to earn an income while they are waiting to go to college. The are happily building 11 houses for widows and the elderly looking after orphans, funded by Motive Real Estate.
On a sad note Hildah, one of the community health workers and her family, lost their home after a fire destroyed it. We rallied round to help her, donating blankets and jerseys from District 6 Inner Wheel Clubs and various items received from the David Livingstone Hotel. A post on Facebook resulted in donations to build her a new home and buy other neccessities.
As always orphans are at the forefront of our work, grades 9 and 12 have been taking their exams. I got updates on many of them, but during the exam period it was not possible to meet all of them. Therefore, please accept my apologies for the delay in updating the orphan sponsors. This programme entails a huge amount of administration for us here in the UK as well as for the Zambian volunteers and teachers. Whether we are building schools, clinics or putting in bore holes the orphans will benefit.
There is so much more to write about, so I will add more detailed information about certain projects in following posts. In the meantime we are aiming to increase our donations leading up to Christmas. Our urgent needs are for 800 mosquito nets for Nyawa Chiefdom, where there is a high prevelance of malaria, and for school desks and text books. Our 2018 charity calendar is available to order at a cost of £4. Thank you to the companies who have each sponsored a page. This covers all printing costs – all sales will go towards the above projects.