Story 3: Makangala Pre-School
19th September 2021
“Access to education is at the heart of our charity and is the key to ensuring children have a brighter future.”
In April 2019, we officially opened the Makangala Pre-School. The school has been a great success and now provides vital early education to 80 children. This would not have been possible without your donations and without the support of everyone in Zambia who provided time and materials.
When we started working with the Buntolo women’s groups in Monze, they impressed upon us the profound impact education has on a child’s future.
Many of the area’s orphaned children couldn’t access primary school until as late as 8 or 9 years old. To address this, some of the caregivers were running make-shift pre-schools for as many as 70 children under the shade of a tree.
We were asked by the community to work together to build a pre-school, so that’s what we set out to do. After much planning, discussions with the local department of education board and a huge amount of effort from all involved, the Makangala Pre-School officially opened in April 2019.
The children are taught by qualified early years teachers, who have accommodation provided on the Pre-School’s grounds.
We have exciting plans to build on the success of the Pre-School, including landscaping the grounds and purchasing play equipment.
As the Pre-School has become a focus for the community, we also hope to develop a kitchen garden, where the community can grow food for the children.
10 Years, 10 Weeks, £10K!
To mark our 10 -year anniversary, members of our trustee board and other supporters have embarked on an ambitious challenge to walk/ cycle/ swim or even kayak the length of Zambia and raise £10,000 to continue to expand our life changing work. This week the team have clocked up an impressive 206kms to virtually enter Zambia’s Southern Province and arrive at the town of Simamba.
If you would like to support their efforts and help us reach our target you can donate here.