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Dining Hall Update

Children eating their lunch outside before the new dining hall was built

Children eating their lunch outside before the new dining hall was built

Dining Hall

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.

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.

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.

At All Saints’ Tudeley, Kent to see the Chagall windows with Revs. Jeremy  & Pamela Ive.