Children outside their new classrooms at Light of Hope Community School
Aug 02,2021

Light of Hope Community School, 2020

Previously:

Light of Hope School is in an impoverished community of around 250 households. Recent crop failure has made rural life very difficult and has seen more families moving into this semi-urban area, situated on the edge of the town of Livingstone.

The children urgently needed a local school as they were travelling long distances to Nyanzabili town. The community took matters into their own hands, building a basic classroom on land gifted to them by the local Headman.

Within two years, school enrolment grew to 155 children, and will soon reach 200. The existing school structure was unstable and unsustainable.

The school had four volunteer teachers who were struggling to cope. Without a proper building and sanitation, the Ministry of Education would not send qualified teachers to educate the children. There were no latrines or appropriate hand washing facilities.

What we did with your support:

  • Built a three-classroom school building, with office for teachers and a strong room to keep exam papers secure
  • Built a latrine block to help improve the health of the children, and encourage more girls to stay in education as they grow up
  • Built a hand wash station with space for 18 children to wash their hands all at the same time. This was delivered as part of our Safe Hands initiative – our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Built a teacher’s house, which will enable the Government to send trained teachers to the school

Due to the challenges caused by the pandemic, no new trainees were attached to this project. Instead a smaller team of more experienced graduates were employed to deliver this work, giving them further opportunities to develop their skills.

Thank you for your support – together we are #BuildingBrighterFutures.