With a couple of days in Lusaka, Zambia, we were afforded the opportunity to visit the Quarry School. In the last three years, difficulties in the surrounding area prevented a site visit. It was terrific to get back to the school and meet with the orphans while they were in class.
The last couple of years have not been kind to the Quarry School. The school property has been under duress from squatters encroaching upon the land and the process of securing the title for the property has been slow and frustrating. Despite following all government requirements of surveying the land, completing all paperwork and paying for all relevant permits, the title still has not been granted. With all the squatters building little huts around and on the property the land development Commissioner now wants another survey and of course moneys to start the process all over again.
Please pray for the Quarry School, the orphans and the two teachers who make this critical place of education possible. Currently there are 47 students in the primary class and 48 in the secondary class. Education is the key to hope for orphans and without the Quarry School these kids would have no other option.
Once we have the title to the land we can commence work to build a wall to secure the site and keep squatters from taking any more land or vandalizing the school. Stay tuned for more updates!
June has arrived! While currently touring projects in Zambia we have not forgotten to update you about this month’s feature images.
Our first image captures some boys in a village at the Katyola Settlement near Nyangombe. The smile says it all. The photograph was taken in May 2018 and we just returned to Katyola last week to check in with our widows and orphans.
Our image from our 2019 Animals calendar features a wild dog. Lounging after a recent kill and feeding, the remnants of the meal can be seen around the animal’s neck. Unpredictable and hunting in packs, wild dogs are becoming more and more visible in the South Luangwa Park.
Getting back to Zambia and spending time with our project partners is always a welcome opportunity. The current trip started in Nyangombe after a quick stopover in Lusaka. Despite unbelievable road conditions, the bumpy 5.5 hour trip was well worth the effort as time at this mission station never disappoints.
The first day in Nyangombe Project HOPE Executive Director Christopher Graves visited the Carpentry Shop where apprentices had just received the latest shipment of tools from Canada via container and were eager to show off their skills. From expert joints to good technique with the hand planers, the students have been busy making wardrobes, chairs and tables for area houses at the mission. It is incredible to see their ability to produce such professional results with just hand tools!
Featured in the picture are some of the students with new safety glasses donated by Ken Murray who also arranges significant donations of tools from his carpentry union in Hamilton, Ontario.
On a rainy Spring Saturday just on the outskirts of Aylmer, Ontario, friends and family showed up for the latest day of Wacky Wendell’s hospitality. The wood fired griddle in the sugar shack was cranking out stacks of pancakes and sausages while guests poured copious amounts of sweet home made maple syrup over the fluffy fare.
This Spring local trees provided the sap that was boiled down into the new line of maple syrup and guests readily devoured the food and deposited donations for Project HOPE: Liberia in return. The pancake event follows last year’s beehive of activity as honey was on tap for the last get together on Rogers Road.
Through the very kind efforts of Wendell and Cindy Graves, the annual pancake day raised $1,250 for the project that continues to see the construction of the Maple Leaf Academic Centre and the support of orphans from the ebola crisis. Under the leadership of Fred Varnie, the project continues to flourish. Part of the proceeds also helped a crisis for Fred’s family as a much needed injection was secured to bring the medical care required.
Pictured, in his signature overalls is Wendell Graves, head of maple syrup production. Manning the hot griddle most of the day, Wendell kept the pancakes and sausages flying off the fire and onto many waiting plates satisfying everyone who attended. Stay tuned for more exciting updates from Rogers Road and a rumour that artisan bread and pizzas will soon be added to the maple syrup and honey offerings!
If you missed out on the pancakes, this year’s store of maple syrup is also gone already too. You can participate though by making a contribution to Project HOPE: Liberia via our website and bring hope to a vulnerable child.