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.
At Hands of Compassion School we believe strongly that having educated, healthy children is the foundation of a strong community. That is why we are passionate that our children receive a hearty lunch provided by our cooks from produce grown in our school grounds. However since our foundation in 2000, children have had to eat outside or in their classrooms during the rains and this means they can be sitting in the same room for hours at a time.
In late 2013 the UK Board of Trustees discussed the benefits of an undercover area for our students to enable them to eat their lunch inside during the rainy season rather than on the muddy, wet cold floor of the compound.
In early 2014, the School Manager got permission to begin sourcing tenders and soon prices came in for the building.
Recently we’ve gained permission to build the shelter and in July 2014, the work will begin on the foundations and we hope that by the time the rains come in November, the shelter will be complete. However, we are still some way off the total Kwacha (Zambian currency) to give those all important finishing touches to the dining hall.
Please do take a look at the plans attached and let us know if you would be willing to help financially to support the building project.
Albina is 13 years old and has been coming to our school since Grade One. Now having just completed the Government Grade Seven examination, she has done extremely well, coming 4th out of 67 pupils.
Her father died when she was only a baby. Her mother, 35 years old and HIV positive, cares for Albina and her brother Charles who is 10 years old, in Grade 4 class.
Sometimes Albina comes to school late because she has to prepare food for her mother who is often sick. The family gets only a little support from their uncle who manages to do some piece work.
Albina is one of so many of our pupils who come from very poor backgrounds. All of our sixty seven pupils in Grade Seven passed the Government examination. What a fantastic result and a credit to our teaching staff.
We have managed however to sponsor the following pupils:-
24 out of 67 Grade Eight 14 out of 28 Grade Nine 2 out of 13 Grade 10
1 out of 10 Grade 11 1 out of 5 Grade 12
Please can you help us by supporting these pupils who had worked so hard ?
This year we have a total of 414 pupils. Because of the increased number of children in Grade 5, we have had to split into two classes, thereby needing to recruit an additional teacher, Gilbert Njovu. However we have taken no new intake of children, as we are trying to reduce the pupil numbers.
This year we had hoped to start offering education to Grade Eight pupils at Hands of Compassion School but, due to insufficient resources, the Ministry of Education are currently unable to second any teachers to us.
Meanwhile we have moved Grades Seven and Six pupils into the new classrooms, pending a response.