Any time at the Saikalo School is a incredible opportunity to share with dedicated volunteer teachers who are now serving over 600 students. Form 5 has been added and all classes are bursting with the overwhelming numbers of kids!
Rejoice and Mercy, who head up the school, warmly welcomed us and updated us about the progress of the school and need to add new curriculum for Form 5. They also shared that chalk, red and blue pens would also be helpful. The need for reading books for the students to also practice their English is a priority so Project HOPE will be working on facilitating a reading library at the school. More exciting updates to follow.
Please remember this special school and the wonderful teachers who volunteer their time, 6:30am to 5:30pm every day, to teach orphans and give them hope!
So far we have flown Toronto to Dubai, Dubai to Lusaka, Lusaka to Solwezi, Solwezi to Lusaka and most recently Lusaka to Ndola then Ndola to Kasama. All thanks to Proflight. Proflight is Zambia’s in country flight service and without the ability to fly to these areas it would take far too long by roads to reach all our projects.
Despite the great distances, Proflight affords us to travel quickly here but there are still hundreds of kilometres of local roads to drive. Potholes overwhelmingly occupy more of the road than tarmac, unfortunately, so getting around can be incredibly slow and painful – literally. Our recent 4.5 hour drive to Nyangombe was not unlike operating a jackhammer for the same period of time. Our taxi drove more in the ditch rather than descend and climb in and out of each vast pothole.
Fortunately, despite the conditions, the arrival at the end of the saga is well worth the effort. Nyangombe never disappoints!
The community care teams of Nyangombe continue to do a great job of caring over 200 widows and orphans in the villages surrounding the mission. On Sunday afternoon Executive Director Christopher Graves had the chance to tour with Charles Kafweta and visit with many women and children.
“The incredible work of the care teams ensures that vulnerable people are not forgotten” shared Graves. “They travel great distances to visit and make sure people are getting basic resources.”
Thanks to the generosity of the Carpentry Union of Hamilton, over $1,700 worth of tools were delivered to the carpentry school at Nyangombe on Saturday. The donation means that each graduating student will receive their own tool set to begin their careers as carpenters.
Ken Murray, who has joined Project HOPE Executive Director Christopher Graves on this trip, is a member of the union and asked his executive about making the gift. A big thank you to Local 18 for providing the tools!