Report to Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust – August 2014
Chibolya Memorial Infant School, Southern Zambia
We are extremely grateful for the Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust’s generous donation of £14,705 in January 2012. For the past three years this money has supplied 100 Pupils at the newly built Chibolya Memorial Primary school with text books, stationery, bags and £11.50 per child towards volunteer teacher subsistence and school running costs (photo below taken this July).
The eldest are Justin Kalikumbo and Enedy Moonga (both 13 and disabled). Due to inaccessible schools and stigma, disabled Zambian children are often segregated and not educated. Last year, CEHO created an on-site boarding facility for disabled kids and promoted this to the community. This was the first time most of the school’s 13 disabled pupils had mixed with non-disabled children or been taught to read and write.
There is one heavily oversubscribed state school nearby and so there is a growing waiting list for the community school. Phase II of building is well underway, generously funded by the Savannah Trust. Two new classrooms and an office are at window level (at Aug 2014), and a kitchen at slab level. When completed the school should be able to accommodate a further 100 local children.
All pupils receive a daily meal at the school of rice; nshima (maize flour dough) with beans or chicken, porridge, peanuts. This is the only food of the day for some pupils. Disabled pupils receive full meals at the boarding house. Staff report that the feeding programme has doubled concentration. Pupils’ average weight is now a healthy 20kg and the HIV+ kids are much less prone to opportunistic infection and diarrhea.
The four volunteer teachers report that the children are extremely well behaved and attentive in class and are making good progress with English and maths.
Chippo Muchimbo (11)
is one of the disabled pupils. Her parents have no regular income and could not afford to provide her with crutches, meals, school support and other basic needs.
She has been supported for 3 years, and has been supplied with crutches, school items, clothing, hygiene packs, and food and is taken for weekly physiotherapy treatment at a local clinic. She loves staying at the school boarding house and feels very privileged!
Previously, Chippo was unable to walk on her own and had very little social interaction with other children. Now she can move around independently and play around with friends. She is a very free and happy little girl. Chippo’s school performance used to be poor but she has now been listed among the best pupils in Grade 3.
Future funding and sustainability
In June we received £6,050 seed funding from the Chrysalis Trust for poultry and maize income generating activities (IGAs).
A poultry house was built and the project is doing well. The chicken run is usually restocked with 100 chicks every two weeks. The chickens are later sold at maturity. A care taker has been trained on how to care for the chicks. The death rate of the chicks is very low as the run is kept very clean and chicks are always vaccinated and are fed regularly.
There is a high profit margin on chicken sales of £480 per month. This is used to help run the growing school.
The school has recorded a bumper first maize harvest with 60 x 50kg bags put aside for the feeding programme and a further 70 x 50kg bags bagged and ready for sale. These will be sold and should bring in Kwacha 70 per sack, so around K4900 c. £490. These two IGA projects have also created much needed employment for guardians and parents.
We are also delighted to have received a pledge of c. £15,000 a year for next three years from the Marple Charitable Trust to fund the 125 female pupil costs, feeding programme, teacher costs and contribution to running costs.
The school are very keen for their recurring, running costs to be self-funded by the end of this period and will be looking to develop a vegetable garden and other IGAs in 2014 and onwards to build on the success of the poultry and maize.