May 5-21 2018: BYU School Solar System Project & Return to Mungwi Tech
Trip Notes, Links, and Details:
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!!
Secondary Day School (Bush Highschool) ZSF funded Construction
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