Following changes in the Zambian Ministry of Education regulations, the status of Hands of Compassion school has now become a Community school.
This means that the objectives of the UK Trust Deed need to be refined and as a result, expand to include supporting other educational projects. A decision has been made by Trustees and supported by many donors, to now start the process of implementing these changes.
Moses Mwewe, 11 years old in Grade 3 class was chosen as the best pupil in the whole school to have made the most progress during 2016. Moses was presented with an Achievement Award, a medal saying Well done, a pair of school shoes, a school bag, a T shirt and a Certificate. His class friends sang to celebrate the occasion, accompanied by Moses’ mother who danced, showing her happiness and proud that her son had done so well. January 2017
In December we received news that all 41 of our Grade 7 students took and PASSED the end of Primary School examinations. That is a tremendous result.
18 of these students, because of their high pass mark, have been automatically awarded a place at Kanseneshi High School.
It is always a privilege to see the hard-work that our students put into their education throughout their time at Hands of Compassion School, knowing that they, through your generosity in supporting the school, can make their dreams a reality. By offering primary education to these students we give them a hope for the future.
The chicken shed used to house a few chickens before it became too costly to keep them.
The finished Dining Hall (This photo was taken by the builder).
The prominence of the new dining hall is amazing. In just over a year we have gone from Chicken Shed to Dining Hall. With space to seat a third of the school each day for lunch, there is such excitement as the Dining Hall is in use.
Thank you to everyone who made this project viable. We hope to bring you some photographs soon of the building inside.
Our Prize giving Ceremony was held at the beginning of the term. The 1st pupil in last terms test results from each class was rewarded with a prize. The children were so excited and there was dancing, drama and singing, finishing with anorange drink, bread buns and a few sweets. Donation of 4 tambourines from UK were much appreciated!
Prizing Giving in September 2014
Four houses in the community were identified as in great need of roofing sheets. They only had polythene, a few wooden poles and odd pieces of rusty iron sheets that had numerous holes in. We were able to give them some iron sheets that were still usable, to help protect their houses during the rains. One example was Ruth who has 2 of her 4 children attending Hands of Compassion School. Their father abandoned them shortly after her youngest child, now 2 years old. Ruth has to try and manage on her own. The roof of her house was very bad, we took 20 iron sheets on a wheelbarrow to her home – she was so pleased.
Helping the Community. One of four houses helped to repair their roofs with iron sheeting
Upon a recent visit to the school this picture was taken on a lovely sunny day. It also gives a view of the new Dining Hall on the right hand side of the photo.
This is the view you get as you walk in to our school in Chipulukusu. It is like a haven for our pupils as they step into hope.
The Security House was in desperate need of renovating and this work has now been carried out. The results looks wonderful.
The Newly Renovated Security House in October 2014
Children eating their lunch outside before the new dining hall was built
Dining Hall is almost complete. 10/2014
We have the privilege to bring you an update on a story we published earlier in the year with regards our new dining hall. Thank you to the generous supporters in the UK, we raised a total just over £21,000 to fund our purpose built dining hall before this year’s rains come.
The building will soon be completed with just a few electrics to sort and furniture to be put in. With 50 benches made by a local carpenter in the compound and all building work being carried out by a local contractor, we are very pleased with the overall project. We felt it was really important to remind our pupils of washing hands before eating. Therefore 4 sinks have been installed outside the dining hall so that children can wash their hands before they go inside to eat.
The new dining hall will give enough seating for a third of the school to have lunch inside, making a tremendous difference to when they had to sit outside.
Last month we were very privileged to be able to welcome Rt Rev’d Bishop Derek Kamukwamba and his wife Evelyn to Kent. Bishop Derek is bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Central Zambia with whom Hands of Compassion works in partnership, and is part of the Zambian Anglican Council’s outreach programme. His wife Evelyn is the Teacher-in-Charge at our school in Chipulukusu. It was a great opportunity to meet with this lovely couple and to be able to share some quality time with them as the school progresses.
In their time in Kent, Bishop Derek had plenty of opportunities to meet with the UK Board of Trustees, Rt Rev’d Dr Brian Castle (Bishop of Tonbridge) and many local supporters who give so faithfully to make the work God has inspired continue. Visits included:
- Brenchley & Matfield Primary School – Assembly followed by a tour and discussions with students in Years 4, 5 & 6.
- A preaching opportunity at St. Mary’s, Lamberhurst.
- A viewing of the Chagall windows at All Saints’, Tudeley.
- A buffet lunch with 29 local supporters from across Kent including representatives from churches in Shorne, Knockholt, Boughton Monchelsea, Lamberhurst and Matfield.
- Supper with Bishop Brian and the UK Board of Trustees.
- The local coast (something of a novelty to Zambians).
We were so blessed by the fantastic conversations that arose from their many hours of fellowship.
These great people give energy to the cause at heart of Hands of Compassion School in Ndola.
Our guests were able to spend some time in an British classroom, very different to our rooms in Zambia, but some interesting ideas can be taken back.
At All Saints’ Tudeley, Kent to see the Chagall windows with Revs. Jeremy & Pamela Ive.