During 2023, we have three main improvement projects.
First, we are seeking to become self-sufficient in food for the long-term, and need to buy the final 90 fruit trees for our orchard and five more breeding goats and 50 hens for our livestock enclosure.
In total, these will cost £900 ($1,200) and will provide our learners with vital daily vitamins and protein for decades to come. We also need to install 10,000 metres of efficient, professional irrigation for all our crops – which will cost £2,000 ($2,500).
Second, now the school is locally self-managing, we need to finish equipping its office with modern equipment and solar power. We need to buy four solar panels (£2,000 / $2,500) and two large-screen ‘Windows’ laptops (£900 / $1,100).
And, third, all our classroom displays are old & tatty, and do not reflect African culture and the modern Zambian curriculum. We need to purchase new, laminated, Afro-centric displays, posters & resources – which will cost £1,200 ($1,350). And we also need to restock our laboratory with enough scientific equipment for our much-increased numbers of secondary learners (£500 / $700).
All ‘regular gifts’ (monthly, quarterly or annual donations) fund free places for children living with acute disadvantage. They are either orphans or their family income is less than £25 ($30/€28) per month.
Because of the high level of local need, we would like to provide at least 100 free places for those children and orphans in our community who are living with the greatest poverty and the most vulnerability.
At the moment, 31 regular supporters donate, between them, the funds to provide 56 free places. Every time we recruit a new regular giver, we offer yet another child in the community a free place which transforms their life chances.