I wrote many of you on the 18th of September aiming for $1,500 to assist the community of Chief Chileshe Mukulu roof the school in the photo before the rains. We’re proud of the many people who responded quickly and as a result the funds were sent to Zambia. The Deputy Head of the Chileshe Mukulu Basic School sent a text message last weekend saying; “When the rains come they’ll find iron sheets, thanks Rural Action International.”
This is not the time to rest on the success of Phase One. The 280 students (147 boys and 133 girls) of Chileshe Mukulu Basic are now guaranteed a safe and dry educational experience but they deserve better. They don’t need a second class school because they live in a remote community. Equal to any student in Zambia, they should be able to study in a school that meets the standards of the Ministry of Education. Now we need to raise $12,000 to complete the school.
This project is being carried out in partnership with the Kasama District Education Board who provided an engineer to assess the project and prepare the material schedule. The community invested thousands of the dollars in materials such as burnt bricks and timber and their own labour. A Rural Action International volunteer brought together the community and the Kasama District Education board and is supporting the community to purchase and transport the required materials.
Your support will help on two levels. Community projects such as the school, training and microcredit for womens group and the distribution of Moringa tree seedlings will continue. Secondly your support will enable Rural Action International to seek matching funds from institutional sources such as private grant giving foundations and the Canadian Government.
I visited this community in July; I met the mothers and children, the Chief, even the hard working teachers and officials of the Ministry of Education. Your contribution will make a lasting difference. Join in now and be part of a process to end poverty one woman & one child at time, community by community.
Those of you who responded in September are already part of making a difference. We thank you.