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YOUR GIFTS + OUR WORK = LIFE CHANGING OUTCOMES 

How we used your gifts in 2022

Thanks to our supporters’ generosity, we managed to provide free places at the school for the whole year to 53 local children who live with the greatest disadvantages.  We  were also able to add a full-time administrator and a full-time PE teacher to the staff team.

In May, we finally completed our big ‘Toilet & Water Project’, and our learners now use 20 modern w/cs,  10 showers, 4 rows of urinals and sinks, 4 drinking fountains – and a special facility for learners in wheelchairs. 

Climate change has meant much less rain in sub-Saharan Africa: there’s now not enough water in the rivers to generate hydro-electricity (the school  has only a few hours of power each month) and crops need constant irrigation. So, last year, we installed a solar pump and started to store our rainwater, waste-water and a supply of non-potable water. We use these now to flush our toilets and irrigate our crops – which means we don’t waste a drop of the precious drinking water we collect from our borehole.

In October, we finally received the funds to replace our ancient and unreliable 30-seater school bus with a ‘locally-re-conditioned’ bus; and, in December, we were able to start ‘re-conditioning’ a second bus – which will make such a big difference to our children.

Our hopes and plans for 2023

Every year, before we can plan any improvements, we must first raise the funds we need to pay the staff and run the school. 

This year, the ordinary running costs of Mukwashi will be about £64,000 ($75,000 / €71,000). We expect local parents will cover at least 67% of this through fees & fares, leaving us £21,000 ($24,500 / €23,000) to raise from friends and supporters around the world.

Once we have covered these day to day costs (mainly for free places and teachers’ salaries) we will focus on raising funds for our school improvement projects.

We promise that every pound, dollar and euro given by friends and supporters is used to run the school and improve its equipment and infrastructure. 

Your ‘one-off gifts’ fund our Improvement Projects

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).

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Your ‘regular gifts’ fund our children’s Free Places

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.

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Clement’s story

Learner at Mukwashi Trust School
Clement is seven years old, and has just started Grade 2. He lives with his mother and an elder brother in a tiny house, and his other brothers live with their grandmother in the same village. His father deserted the family when Clement was a baby, and they don’t know where he is.

His mother does odd jobs round the farms trying to earn money: mostly by washing other people’s clothes for a few kwacha. She was excited when Clement was offered a free place because she had never been able  to afford to pay for any of her older children to attend school.

Clement says he wants to be a police officer when he completes school. He wants to maintain law and order, and doesn’t like people who steal.