100% OF YOUR DONATIONS WILL GO TO SUPPORTING CHILDREN IN AFRICA
(Unlike many other charities the trust has no employees or other expenses – the operating costs are entirely covered by the trustees).
Zambia is a stable, democratic and peaceful Commonwealth country in southern Africa that since independence in 1964 has managed to avoid the chaos and violence that has afflicted many of its neighbours. It is, however, extremely poor (approximately two thirds of the population live below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day) and has had to build up its education system from a very low base. At independence 50 years ago less than 0.5% of the population received a primary education and less than 100 people had a university degree. Great progress has been made since then but there is a chronic shortage of money for investment in education. There has been huge disruption to families and the education system because of AIDS – there are many orphans (some estimates say as many as 20% of children). In theory government education is free until the age of 11 (after that fees are charged) but the cost of uniforms and writing materials means that attendance is beyond the means of many and, in some areas, most. Only one in four Zambians completes a secondary education (and the figure is below that for girls). Community and private schools fill the gap, providing an education for those that otherwise could not afford it or a better chance for those who otherwise would be in a government school where class sizes are frequently 60 or more. Many are entirely dependant on donor support. Others use the fees they can raise for some children to cover the costs of those who otherwise could not attend.
The Zambezi Sunrise Trust was born out of the experience of two of the trustees who worked as volunteer teachers in southern Zambia in early 2016 and returned in the first quarters of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. It is dedicated to the advancement of education and the relief of poverty, sickness
The trust is dedicated to providing ongoing support to our projects through the provision of buildings, books, student needs, teaching materials, uniforms, sports and musical equipment, hygiene products
Our current projects include the following. Please see our ‘Projects’ page for more details about each of them.
1. Linda Community School. This is a school in a disadvantaged area for 470 children who are all chosen by the community, having been assessed as extremely vulnerable. Many are orphans. If this school did not exist many of the children would not attend school at all. Originally housed in an overcrowded and dilapidated old community
centre, it is entirely dependant on donor support. The Zambezi Sunrise Trust has commenced constructing new purpose built facilities for the school. An ablution (toilet) block has been constructed with a shower for girls. Seven classrooms have been built, as well as a library room and office. We have also constructed a kitchen shelter so that cooking can take place in all weathers, as well as supported the drilling of a bore hole and installation of a hand pump. We have jointly provided a water purifier system with True Thabo for the new site, as well as having donated uniforms and other school necessities. We are delighted to have facilitated links between the school and four schools in the United Kingdom, two of whom have ‘adopted’ two of the new classrooms: such links benefit the children in each school. We are presently assisting with the expansion of the school to take secondary school pupils.
2. Nekacheya Primary School. 300 strong, thanks to Zambezi Sunrise the school now has the
only classes in the region where each child has their own textbooks in each subject. We have also provided computers, whiteboards, reading books, instruments for a school band and sports team uniforms. A ‘twinning’ link with a school in the United Kingdom has been established which benefits the pupils in both schools.
3. Linda Sunrise Homework Club. Located in Linda compound, it has benefitted from two learning structures built by Zambezi Sunrise, with teaching facilities for local children in the evenings – some of whom do not otherwise attend school. We have also been able to help with fencing, a storage structure and construction of toilets for boys and girls.
4. Linda Sunrise pre-school. We are delighted to announce that the first eight children began classes on 8th May 2017, the first anniversary of the Zambezi Sunrise Trust. It has grown to 30 pupils. The pre school is held in the morning and uses the same structure that
Tiyesa and Homework Club utilise later in the day.
5. Tiyese (“Let’s Try”) Craft Initiative. This women’s empowerment group meets on three afternoons a week at the Linda Sunrise facility, sharing their experiences and earning money for their families through the creation of craft items (bags, clothes, quilts, rugs etc). They have now been officially registered and have a joint bank account – the first to which the ladies have had access.
6. Kupagwa Ni Lilato (‘Made With Love) Craft Group. Another women’s empowerment group, they meet in the Highlands area of Livingstone. They focus on making items that are different to those made by Tiyesa. 7. Zambezi Empowerment Initiative. We were instrumental in helping establish this craft group, formed by ladies living near Njoko Mission near the banks of the Zambezi in Barotseland/Western Province. They reside in a very rural area with no prior outlet for their amazing basket making skills: we have been delighted to help rectify that.
8. Mpekala Women’s Programme. This programme provides support to women’s groups in isolated rural villages. Zambezi Sunrise has provided practical support through the provision of hand powered sewing machines and examples of craft products made by supporters in the UK.
9. Njokomalomo Basic School. Situated near the Zambezi in rural Barotseland/Western Province, the school struggles with a shortage of funding and learning materials. As well as making a grant to assist the school, we have paid the subscription fees to facilitate a much needed allocation of books from Book Aid International in distant Lusaka (something we have also done for Linda Community School and Nekacheya).
10. Simoonga Combined Secondary School. Zambezi Sunrise has teamed up with our friends at True Thabo, an American
non profit organisation, to provide a water purification system for this rural school outside Livingstone.