Building a Future
St Mary’s Secondary School for Girls
The first school dedicated to girls in Chama District
The Livingstone Initiative was set up to establish links between the UK and Zambia through medicine, education and culture. It was launched in Livingstone, Zambia, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone. Our work is continuing to ensure a lasting legacy moving forward from the bicentennial year by bringing significant benefits to communities in Zambia.
Our priority now is helping the people of Chama – in partnership with the Anglican Street Children’s Programme – to build the first secondary girls’ school in the District. This is a much-needed secondary school and it has the full support of the community, Chief Tembwe, District and Provincial leaders. The girls in this area currently face a future with little or no access to education beyond primary school and there is still a prevalence of early pregnancies and the traditional practice of child marriage. The area is so remote that most NGOs have found it very difficult to deliver help to the people.
The Livingstone Initiative has stepped in to help and has so far raised GBP 21,000 from the UK. The school has been given 1000 hectares of land. The first building – a girls’ hostel – is completed and an ablution block with running water and sewarage almost finished. A borehole has been drilled and water storage tanks erected. Boreholes are the main source of water in the area and this first borehole replaced the only well, which was very small, very deep and very muddy.
There is still a long way to go before the school can open.
We are looking for donations, offers of expertise, sponsorship, and partnerships to help build this school and open it. The new school will ultimately provide a safe environment and education for 1000-1500 vulnerable girls and orphans, but there is much more to do. We want to complete the initial stage of construction, so the school can open to the first intake of 100-200 girls in Grade 8 in January 2020. The school will then be completed in yearly stages. We therefore need your help to:
- Drill and line more boreholes
- Construct classrooms, more hostels and ablution blocks
- Build a science laboratory
- Obtain equipment for the school, such as textbooks, library books, pencils blackboards, desks, chairs, etc.
- Develop and improve agriculture and introduce aquaculture in order to give girls life skills for the future. The sale of produce grown on the land owned by the school will help sustain the school.
- Improve healthcare for the school and the community.
The Zambian government is helping. It has built the first tarred road into the district, which gives access to the villages for the first time during the rains and has dramatically improved supply logistics. They have opened a small hospital in Chama boma and opened a small clinic staffed by nurses in Tembwe. The Ministry of Education have agreed to supply teaching staff, build staff housing and pay staff wages. COMACO, a conservation agriculture company, are also helping the small-scale local farmers with their rice production and we are looking for ways to find new markets for this crop, to help boost the local economy. The community are making the bricks from river sand and water and supplying manual labour for free and other help has been offered. The road construction company will dig the fish tanks, if we provide fuel.
Children are Zambia’s future and, by building this first secondary school for girls, these children will go on to have a real choice in life, which in turn will bring benefits to generations to come.
Your support would be much valued in helping to bring about this change for the better in this far-flung community.
Please help us to make this school possible.