Our April visit with good friends, Anne and Mark Heappey opened new doors for us. Anne and Mark were especially interested in some of the new initiatives in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital.
VISIT TO BONGOHIVE
Neil Collen, Jo Pope, Mark Heappey y Simunza Muyangana, director de Bongohive, Ree Gillett and Anne Markland
The first stop on our visit was BongoHive, where we learned about their work training young people in technology and providing a work hub for Zambian entrepeneurs. Their offices and rooms had eager young people working hard on their projects.
Mark Heapy, Jo Pope, Neil Collen and Simunza Muyangana, director of Bongohive.
VISIT TO EDULUTION
We also visited the Edulution offices and met up with James Wong, development and deployment and Sharon Panicco, sponsor and programme relations, pictured above with Ree Gillett from Livingstone Foundation. It is amazing to see the work they are doing in the schools in different provinces throughout Zambia, improving children’s understanding of mathematics through individualised coaching from young local High School graduates. Not only are they improving mathematical understanding in the students, they are providing employment for Zambia’s young people as coaches and making them proud of the work they are doing. We are very impressed with the Edulution program as well as their progress.
At the present time, Zambia has the lowest results in mathematics of all the southern African countries. Through Edulution, with the use of tablets and the support of their well-trained coaches working closely with students, the level of results in mathematics for Zambian students is rising dramatically. In the photos above our Kapita students can be seen using the Edulution tablets and working with Dickson, one of the coaches.
VISIT TO KAPITA SCHOOL
During our visit to Kapita School we spoke with Gilbert Mwale, Head Teacher and discussed the school’s progress, the ever growing school numbers and some of the school needs. Kapita has grown from the 180 students in the old run-down school when we first visited in 2013 to 520 students in the new, much larger school building in 2018. This growth in numbers is a sign that the families trust that this school will provide their children with the best education around. Having built their new school we are delighted to be able to maintain the school through supplying materials, making sure the water supply reaches the school and other necessities that appear as time goes on. All the work and organization for improvements is thanks to Project Luangwa who have been working in the area for over 20 years and are on the ground making sure that our wishes for Kapita come true. We will work closely with Kapita School for years to come and are grateful for the continuing support from our friends and donors.
VISIT TO CHIKOWA, CENTRE FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
We had a longer drive to our final destination which was Chikowa Centre for Youth Development, a Catholic mission founded about 30 years ago to provide vocational training to young adults in the Eastern Province. Father Francisco is always ready to show us the work they are doing. It is like an oasis in this dry land and we love seeing the advancement they have made in their production of crops and the beautiful gardens that they maintain.
We have been supporting their agricultural program by donating five greenhouses in 2017 and their I.T. department with several computers taken on our trips to the area. Our close friends Richie Brothers, worldwide public auctioneers of heavy equipment for construction, transportation, agriculture and other industries has become involved with Chikowa and are donating machinery and tools for the auto-mechanics department.
Father Francisco pictured above, giving us a tour of the crops and green houses.
Visits like this one keep us closely involved in the different projects of Livingstone Foundation. It allows us to monitor where our money is being used and to become aware of the needs that must be met over the coming months and years.
Once again, we are so grateful for the support and interest of each and every one of our donors, without your continued support we would not be able to help this developing area in Zambia.