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How we used your gifts in 2021

Thanks to our supporters’ generosity, we managed to pay staff throughout the long covid closures – and used the empty months for staff training and professional development. 

We awarded staff another small ‘improved living’ salary increase, and  provided free places for 55  children in the community living with the most acute disadvantages.

We added a full-time teacher for the Catch Up Class, a part-time PE teacher and a second cook in the kitchen.  We completed our Early Years Unit, installed ceilings in our staff houses, and bought several thousand afro-centric reading books and dozens more desks for the growing number of learners.

In the second half of 2021, we used every gift to fund our toilet and water project. The work was finally completed this May, and our learners are now enjoying using 20 modern w/cs,  10 showers, 4 rows of urinals and sinks, 4 drinking fountains – and a special room for our learners in wheelchairs. The days of lugging buckets of water around to flush toilets and prepare food are finally behind us.

Our hopes and plans for 2022

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, we expect the ordinary running costs of Mukwashi will be about £44,000 ($60,000). We hope local parents will cover 75% of this through fees, leaving £10,000 ($13,500) to raise from friends and supporters around the world.

Once we have covered these day to day costs (mainly 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 2022, we have three vital improvement projects.

  1. We need to replace our ancient, dilapidated, unreliable 30-seater school bus with two reliable, re-conditioned 30-seater buses (to collect learners from the east and the west of the school).
  2. We are seeking to become self-sufficient in food for the long-term. In January, we planted several hundred  banana plants, and this year we want to buy another 30 fruit trees, some more breeding goats & rabbits, and 50 hens  –  to provide our learners with daily protein.
  3. Now the school is locally self-managing, we need to equip our small office with proper equipment and solar power. We need to buy four solar panels and three large-screen ‘Windows’ laptops.

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

All ‘regular gifts’ (monthly, quarterly and annual donations) are used to increase the number of free places we provide to local children who are living with acute poverty and disadvantage. They are either orphans or their family income is less than £22 ($29.75) per month.

So far this year, we are providing  53 learners with a free place (and 9 with a discounted place). Because of the level of local need, we’d like to increase this to 100 free places for the children and orphans in our community who live with the greatest poverty and most vulnerability.

At the moment, 27 regular supporters fund 39 of our free places, and teachers in a UK and an Austrian school have raised the funds for another 10.  This means every time we recruit a new regular giver, we can offer another child in the community a free place.

School learning

Clement’s story

Learner at Mukwashi Trust School
Clement is six years old, and has just started Grade 1. 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 bursary because she hadn’t been able  to afford to pay for any of her sons 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.