Welcome to Project Luangwa “Ensuring the people of the Luangwa Valley gain the full benefit from tourism by investing in education and business development.” Our aim is to create an effective, coordinated approach to helping local communities improve their long term economic prospects whilst avoiding a negative impact on the environment and wildlife. We believe as a charity operating in Zambia that by developing and improving schools and creating training opportunities we can help families have the chance of a lasting and sustainable income. 100% of each and every donation is guaranteed to go directly to your nominated project.
Kakumbi lettersMeet the teachers . . .. . . from Kakumbi Basic School When we visited Kakumbi Basic School we asked some of the teachers to write to us and describe some of the problems they and the children face daily. Below are extracts from these letters. When we visited Kakumbi Basic School we asked some of the teachers to write to us and describe some of the problems they and the children face daily. Below are extracts from these letters.
Tasila Tonga Mwale"My name is Tasila Tonga and I am married withtwo sons and I am keeping two girls, who areorphans. Karen Beattie and David Hopson visitedour school and we were really glad to see them.Children at our school face a lot of difficulties andthey have to walk long distances. Most of themhave no uniforms or shoes for them to wear toschool. The school has over 400 pupils and only 5rooms to accommodate them. The pupilscould double if we had enough classrooms and staffhouses. We are forced to over-enroll each yearbecause parents have realized the importance ofeducation."
Elijah Mwale"I am married to a beautiful lady known as TasilaTonga [the headmistress] and we have twochildren named Rabin and Zachariah, aged 7 and 3years. We have many challenges here in ourprofession. Due to poor infrastructure we teachpupils of different ages in the same class. Mostclasses are more than 60 pupils. Teachers faceproblems of over enrolment and this makes itdifficult to teach the slow learners.Accommodation is another problem . . . manyteachers have no house and have to rent [huts] inthe villages. Many pupils are orphans and dependon donor meals. most come to school withouteating anything."
Philimon Moses Mwale"About myself: I am a maleZambian teacher . . .35 yearsold and married with threechildren, one girl and two boys.My friends, schools hereare different from those youhave in Europe.I teach grade 3 and have 72children crowded in oneclassroom. Desks are notenough and there is no lightingsystem. The ages of my pupilsis 12 to 15 years. These childrenhave difficulties in buying schoolessentials."
Betty Kapensa"My name is Betty Kapensaand I am 30 years old. I donthave accommodation near theschool, instead I am renting ahouse four kilometers away.I have 65 pupils in Grade 2 andfind it difficult to concentrateon the slow learners.We dont have enough learningand teaching materials, e.g..books readingbooks, charts, paints, crayons,water colors, or storybooks. About half my class areorphans, either double or oneparent."
Anna Lubinga Chola"I am handling a class of 76pupil, the learners cannot bedivided because there is noother classroom. The pupils donot have enough textbook; theyshare 10 textbooks amongst 76pupils.They have no uniform and nobooks because they have noparents. Since the classroomsare overcrowded the furniturewe have is not enough; pupilshave to sit on thefloor. Children do not haveenough pens, pencils, exerciseand textbooks and we have noteaching aids . . . . noelectricity. We use candles towrite our lesson plans for thenext day."
Cecilia Chulu Micheal"My name is Cecilia ChuluMicheal. I am single and 25years old. Currently I am ateacher at Kakumbi schoolteaching Grade 1. These arethe difficulties and challenges Iam facing in my career as ateacher:So many pupils in the classhence it is difficult to teacheffectively. Pupils have nouniforms as most of them haveno parents. I have problems offew teaching and learningmaterials such as exercisebooks, pencils, crayons, wallcharts, and textbooks.Teachers houses are not ingood condition."
Paul Mwembe"I am 29 years old . . .currently a teacher [atKakumbi]. I joined the careerwith the passion of a Zambianchild in the year 2005.Challenges faced in my careerare teaching 72 children in oneclassroom, inadequate teachingand learning materials such asexercise books, wall charts,pencils and pens for thechildren and most of thechildren are orphaned.There are no extra eveninglessons because the school isnot powered . . .so solarequipment would be of greathelp. Learning is made difficultdue to the above namedcauses. It is my hope that oneday these things can be ironedout."
Nsefu Middle Basic School 2007: Building work continues on 2010 - Two 1 x 3 classroom blocks giving six the new classroom blocks classroomsThe original building; one classroom is still In spite of its condition and lack ofin use desks this classroom is still used
Nsefu Middle Basic SchoolYou need good eyesight to see Wednesday afternoon Chess Club the writing on this old blackboardGrade 8 unpacks their textbooks The naughty stump?
In Chief Nsefus chiefdom, between the Msandile River and Nsefu Basic School lie many small villages. The nearest schools, Chiutika Basic to the south east and Nsefu Basic School to the north were too far for most of the children to reach easily and safely.Humble beginnings; Kapita School in 2006 2009 Work starts on making cement blocks for the classroomsSlab level on the teachers house Building the toilets
Every little helpsThere are many items that are small that you can bring out with you to donate to thelocal schools. These include:Pencils, Pens, Erasers, Solar Scientific Calculators (not ordinary Calculators), Rulers,Math sets, Boxes of Chalk, Lined A4 hardback exercise books for Secondary pupils andA5 soft back exercise books for Basic school pupils, Crayons, Coloured Pencils, SoccerBalls, Teaching Aids (Maps, Posters, Charts), Encyclopedias, simple or illustratedchildrens dictionaries, reference books and books suitable for kids in Africa.