It’s Monday 23rd April 2007 and over to Amanda


It’s Monday 23rd April 2007 and over to Amanda

Firstly let me formally introduce Amanda.  She joined us in December and her portfolio is a combination of Assistant to the Directors (lucky her!) and Coordinator of Community Projects.  We wanted to develop the community work and I certainly needed help.  Amanda has lived in a rural Zambian community for two years under Peace Corps where she worked with a school and a variety of other projects.  She comes with excellent experience. So over to Amanda. – Jo

Finally the community projects are up and running again for the year.  The rains had been hampering me over the last few months.  The road out to Kawaza is open and I made my first visit last week.  I had a big meeting with the teachers from all three of the schools – Kawaza, Nsefu, and Kapita. It was a chance to see how everything is looking after our HUGE rains this year. The schools had faired well during the floods, as they are all on relatively high ground, and away from the offending rivers.

New roofNew storeroom

The roof (picture above left) has finally been repaired at Kawaza  – what a saga that was!, and now we just need to do a bit of painting to make the classrooms look all shiny again.  We have had a big donation to install a solar system at Nsefu Basic School. So two of our schools can now bask in the glory of electric power! Kapita Community School has a new storeroom (above right) – the first step to building a school.  It is warming to see how proud the teachers & community members are of this.

Community Jo and I have designed a very ambitious five-year plan for the education of the Nsefu area. If all goes according to plan, by 2011, Kawaza will run up to grade 12, Nsefu up to Grade 9, Kapita to Grade 7, and a new community school which will go up to Grade 4. This should give the children from the Nsefu chiefdom access to good schooling within traveling distance from home.  The total cost of this plan is USD 387,500 – rather daunting but approached step by step we believe we can achieve this.

We have changed our policy regarding student sponsorships and now accept sponsors for specific children.  Currently we have 48 students (2 in college and 46 in secondary school). They have all finished their first term of studies and will be starting second term at the beginning of May. The reports that I have seen so far are great and the students seem to be excelling in their studies.

In addition to all of the school related projects, I also have been working on a couple of health projects as well. After the floods we knew that malaria would increase significantly in the village areas and, when approached, Zambia Malaria Foundation gave us 1000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets. Through the clinics these have been distributed to the vunerable. We also had some funds for Nsefu Clinic, which were collected by Kim. This bought 4 hospital beds, one examination couch, and 2 birthing beds for the Nsefu clinic.  The clinic staff were delighted.

Handing over the netsCommunity Staff

Max Little, who was introduced to you over the Easter newsletter, is here for three months. He is organising football camps at all the local schools – they are football mad so this is going down a storm.

www.kawaza.orgBig news this month is that the new Kawaza website is now up and running!!!!!!. Information on all the projects and how to donate can be found here – www.kawaza.org

For donors from the States, we have partnered with Generosity in Action to make your donations tax deductible, please see this page for more information.

For our donors from the UK, we are in the process of registering as a charity and are just waiting for approval to come through (should be soon!!!!), once this happens your donations will be tax deductible and Gift Aid will also apply. Please check the website for updates on the charity status.

Hope you all have a great week!

Cheers,
Amanda

Walking near Kawaza

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