Check out some new items we are working on:
We visited the Chilishe Special Need’s School where ZSF just paid for much needed new lunch benches! No longer do students have to eat standing up!!
Chishimba Secondary Day School
See on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/cgr8X8DBNF42 (construction complete)
Two secondary teachers Derek and Jacob greeted us with some of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen. They eagerly showed us the 1×4 classroom structure ZSF paid for complete with Chalkboards, new desks being delivered, and books purchased. See a short video of the school at https://youtu.be/PLpd1g_jZpY and other ZSF video’s by following your youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC7pcfxcTmSXNBP08PqzcjQ
Milingu Secondary Day School
See on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZKg9FqY7WBL2 (site – construction almost to roof)
Milingu’s head mistress, a smiling kind teacher, and beaming local elder head of the PTA kindly walked us around the bustling construction site where over 5 men and older boys were busy moving cement, stacking cinder blocks, and creating structural supports. About 2 hours every day primary kids meet outside in rain or shine while secondary students finish up their am classes. Students and staff are ecstatic as the construction complete’s in the next months for the first ever secondary class buildings at the new only 1 year in session sharing buildings Milingu Secondary Day School! See also in photo’s the original Milingu school from the 50’s!
Mulobola Secondary Day School
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/xjur2SFPoQ72 (site only)
Friday 11 May after bureaucratic run arounds to get last minute letter describing our project printed on official letterhead to the head of Northern Province School’s, we trudged ~3+ hours along what I thought would be the roughest road we’d take our trip… little did I know future drives would be following foot path’s on no road, at-least we had one here. The Mulobola Head Mistress described the situation splitting up school days and sharing facilities with primary and secondary students. This is the most remote secondary day school we are currently working with, building it’s first 1×3 building and providing scholarships. See pictures to view the plot of land that construction is just starting on now that roads are accessible since the late rainy seasons end, local and skilled workers from town are being hired by the Head Mistress and local Catholic Church leadership with our staff’s help. Good news, now many of our secondary students who walk over 40 km (25 miles) beginning and end of each week from our neighbouring Mbusa primary school can bring a rechargeable battery powered lantern with them to study with! They charge it over the weekend at our newly installed Mbusa primary school and light lasts 200 hours on one charge!
School Solar and Cell Amplifier Project
Mbusa, Kasama District, Saviour Mwape
One of the furthest distant primary schools in Kasama District at 113 Km from town and the majority of 1 day to get to, mainly vehicle accessible in dry season due to road passing through swamp land. Saviour the teacher there is a ZSF success story, losing both mother and father at a young age, he was put on ZSF Mungwi Technical School for Boys scholarship after having top primary scores, and being present for 2 weeks where he was allowed to attend classes but wasn’t given food or lodging until he was fortunate to be awarded a ZSF scholarship. He then achieved a ZSF sponsored college diploma in Primary education, and now teaches over 150 children and is working on a distance college degree program, while also being a pastor for the local village congregation. He says he couldn’t be happier for being more blessed in life.
Chisali, Mungwi District, Andrew Changala
Chisali Primary lies within easy reach of the paved road and has received a little more care than most schools over the past decades, although this is saying little. It’s structures are termite eaten and care was taken not to break beams while mounting panel on the roof. There was an old HF radio and 50 Watt panel that hadn’t been broke for over 7 years, so we helped the locals add our 150 watt panel in parallel and hooked up our 150 amp hour battery.
Chikulu, Mungwi, Christopher Mumba – cell amplifier
I won’t even begin here to explain the situation at Chikulu – browse through my journal
as this was the focal point of the trip, moments I’ll never forget.
Chanda Mali, Mungwi, Patricia Mwaka – cell amplifier
Chilombwa, Mungwi, Noreen Mukutu – cell amplifier
Sera Chansa Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/wbIgrVtuBkEcCNT32
Look what’s new for 2016!
Happy girls unload paint for the finishing touch to their new dorm
Thanks to each of you, Zambia’s Scholarship Fund will be able to help even more students this year than last year! Because of your generous donations during 2016, we were able to increase the number of students at each school from 15 to 20. We were also able to add two new schools – Mbusa Jr. High and Mpika Teachers’ College. This brings the total number of schools we help to 7 high schools and 3 teachers’ colleges. We have increased the number of teachers on our adopt-a-school program to 45, and we have given out 55 micro finance opportunities to new Zambian entrepreneurs. Wow! Thank you.
Our Adopt-A School Teachers:
ZSF information on Facebook
Coming in February……..see all of our applicants, our high school and college students, our teachers, and our volunteers on facebook. We will be posting their names and information in order to get this information out to YOU. It will be updated every 6 months to keep you current. Just visit us on facebook. Not on facebook? Email Peggy for a complete CD of the listings.
ZSF Vice-President Jim Boud and his daughter visiting Cheleshe Chepela,
the school for the handicapped, in 2015
Jim Boud (pictured above with the students), our vice president, and his lovely wife, Linda, will visit Zambia in March. If you wish to send anything with him for your school or your students, please contact Linda at Linda4Zambia@yahoo.com. If you are not sure which school you are sponsoring or the names of the students at your school, please email Halee at email@example.com
Jim Boud (our ZSF Vice President) and his wife Linda have just returned from a very successful trip to Zambia. In Kasama they attended a meeting where all but three of our 55 micro-loan recipients were in attendance. Jim and Linda were impressed with what the micro-loan recipients had accomplished with just $200 worth of start-up equipment and/or product.
Christabel and Charles Chitundu started a business making school uniforms for student grades 1-12 with the treadle sewing machine the ZSF purchased for them. Thomas Mubanga is selling vegetables and other food items from a small stand and supporting his family by doing so. Chanda Ngulube opened a stand selling phone cards and has now added other products. Enless Ngulube opened her own small sewing shop in town and has more work than she can keep up with. Linda and Jim visited her shop (see picture below) and Linda ordered a skirt, which Enless had ready two days later. Another woman opened a hair salon, and she and her husband are having a difficult time keeping up with the customer demand. Another couple successfully raise and sell 100 chickens every 6-7 weeks, having started with just 25 less than a year ago. One crippled man sews on the porch in front of another shop attached to a home (see picture below). He is now totally self-sufficient.
Jim and Linda reported all this as tears ran down their faces. We wish each of you could have heard their emotional report. Everyone at the micro-finance meeting in Zambia expressed their appreciation for the opportunities provided by the ZSF. Jim conservatively estimated that 1 in 4 micro-loan recipients have created a job successful enough to provide for their entire family. Yuliya Love-Kryuchkova Lynch, the Utah ZSF volunteer over the micro loan program, was so excited over the Boud’s positive report that she has decided to go to Zambia next year with Peggy to fine-tune the program to ensure its continued success.
Computer Savvy Volunteers Needed
Please spread the word that we are in need of some young volunteers who are good at computer skills (such as face book, instagram, excel spread sheets, scanning, answering emails from Zambia, etc)
High school students we sponsor at Kasama Girls School
Jim had a great idea on how to provide continued assistance to ZSF high school graduates. He sat down with each principal of the four teachers’ colleges we sponsor and instructed that from now on, one-half of all the students we sponsor through college must be graduates of our high school scholarship program. When he visited each of the high schools we sponsor, he told the students if they finish high school and want to go to teachers’ college, there are scholarships waiting for them. Good idea, Jim!
Darious Chanda, one of our teachers in our “Adopt-a-school” program, rides 45 miles on the bike we furnished him to pick up his pay from ZSF and purchase groceries each month.
Jim and Linda met with the PEO, the education official over the Northern Province of Zambia. The PEO said he was very impressed with the ZSF’s ‘Adopt-a-School’ program and how our teachers are willing to work at the primary schools ‘out in the bush,’ where no other teachers want to go. He is going to fill all 15 employment openings he has available right now from the 45 ‘in the bush’ teachers we are presently paying salaries for! That means 15 of our “Adopt-a-School” teachers will be hired by the Zambian government and their salaries will triple. We can now hire 15 new ZSF graduates to start teaching in the bush. The cycle is working. In a country where numerous graduates from teachers college are waiting to be employed, this is great news for our ZSF graduates. We want to thank to all of our ‘Adopt-a-School’ sponsors for making this happen.
Great progress is being made in Zambia, thanks to your financial donations. Students are being educated, teachers are finding jobs, and families are gaining a vocation. Many lives are blessed thanks to your generous contributions. You are making a difference!