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March 2019 - Library Furniture Project for Mwapona Primary School

Teachers and pupils of Mwapona Primary School, Zambia, were very happy to receive a €2,000 grant from the Retired Teachers’ Association of Ireland in 2018. Construction of the school’s new library was completed in August 2018 and without the help of this grant, it would not have been possible to provide the necessary furniture. There would have been no shelving for storage of books and children would have had to sit on the floor.

Library Furniture Project for Mwapona Primary School Library Furniture Project for Mwapona Primary School

A high bookshelf unit was constructed, with storage shelving on both sides. This provides excellent storage capacity and it even has extra space for more books if required. The grant also funded most of the cost of 10 tables and 20 chairs, with a very small shortfall which was paid by the Parent Teacher Association.

Library Furniture Project for Mwapona Primary School Library Furniture Project for Mwapona Primary School

The library has provided a comfortable place for the children to sit and read or study between classes, where they are protected from the rain and the hot sun.

Library Furniture Project for Mwapona Primary School Library Furniture Project for Mwapona Primary School

It has also been of great benefit to the community, and to other schools whose staff and pupils come to read/study/research and borrow books.

Library Furniture Project for Mwapona Primary School Library Furniture Project for Mwapona Primary School

Staff and pupils of Mwapona Community School are delighted with the new library furniture. They love to spend time in the library and they are extremely grateful to the Retired Teachers’Association of Ireland for their generous grant which enabled them to provide this furniture.

Library Furniture Project for Mwapona Primary School Library Furniture Project for Mwapona Primary School

I have attached below photos of the library, showing teachers preparing for classes, children reading and people from the community coming in to borrow books to help their literacy standard.

Library Furniture Project for Mwapona Primary School Library Furniture Project for Mwapona Primary School

March 2019 - School Fees Project

Our charity is very grateful to the Retired Teachers’ Association of Ireland for the grant of €1,000 which was awarded to subsidise school fees for orphaned children. The €1,000 was transferred to Zambia and converted to the local currency where it amounted to ZMK12,325. This money was used to subsidise three students as follows:

Tambula Muleya

Tambula Muleya

Tambula Muleya is doing male nurse training at Rusangu University. He is 22 years old and is in his first year. His mother died when he was only 2 years old and his father died when he attending secondary school. He lives with his only brother in a small village in Choma district. He had to do manual work while attending school in order to earn money for food. He still has to work while he is studying at university to pay for fees and living expenses. He has one aunt who at times tries to help out but she has other orphaned children to care for and it is difficult for her to have enough for them all. He is very anxious to receive education but he struggles to have enough time to study as well as work. He misses his parents and gets very discouraged at times. He was so very happy to receive enough money to pay the majority of his fees for one term. This has very much reduced the financial pressure and has allowed him more time to concentrate on his studies.

Olivia Sianga

Olivia Sianga

Olivia Sianga is studying nursing at Mukuni Nursing Institute. She is in her first year. She was identified as being very vulnerable by one of our OVO companions. Both of her parents are dead. She comes from a child-headed home, where she is the oldest. Her brothers and sisters help her to care for their younger siblings. OVO tries to provide food support for them. OVO also supported Olivia through her primary and secondary education. Unlike Tambula and Richwell, Olivia found it difficult to tell her story. This is likely to be because she has a lot of responsibilities and her life has been very traumatic.

Richwell Sianjina

Richwell Sianjina

Richwell Sianjina is training to be a teacher at Rockview University, which is a 6 hour bus journey from the village where he was reared. He is 25 years old and is in third year. He is a very good student and showed great promise while in primary school. His father died when he was in Grade 8 and things became very difficult after that. OVO sponsored him from Grade 10 to Grade 12. He now has no one to help him with fees and often only eats once a day. He was not going to go back to the university after his teaching practice at Mwapona school because he had no money to pay for fees. That’s the reason why OVO opted to pay for three students, instead of two as originally planned. He is studying Mathematics and it is hard to find a mathematics teacher in Zambia. His annual expenses, including fees, books, transport, rent and food, amount to ZMK12,572. He hopes when he qualifies to return to teach in his own community and also to help sponsor other orphans to enable them to receive an education.

We are very grateful to the RTAI for enabling us to support these students by subsidising their college fees. They have also asked us to thank the RTAI on their behalf.

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