Empowering vulnerable children in Zambia

Future Pillars (Zambia) is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (number 1173534) founded in June 2017 to support the life-changing work going on in one school in Kabwe, Central Province, Zambia. Future Pillars took over this work from CONTESA, a charity which had been working for the previous 12 years to support AIDS orphans in Zambia. Our stated objectives are to advance education, relieve poverty and promote and protect good health for the public benefit of children in Zambia who are socially and economically disadvantaged. Our mission is to empower vulnerable children (many of whom are orphans) by providing food, education and vocational skills training. Where necessary and affordable we will also offer basic housing. Future Pillars will continue to support the existing programmes at Kabwe, where over 1,000 children and young people are currently receiving food, education and skills training in order to move from poverty to a better and sustainable future for themselves and their families. Some have already achieved that goal and become qualified teachers, electricians, carpenters and so on. This needs to continue. The children are there, the need is great, how can we let them down? Future Pillars pledge that 100% of donations will go directly and only for the support of the children in the programmes. We work as volunteers from home and cover administrative and travelling costs ourselves.

New School Block Building Appeal

We have been dissatisfied with the current accommodation in Kabwe for several years, not least because of the school’s inability to provide a complete educational journey through to the end of G12. Our empowerment of the vulnerable child has been restricted – currently children must leave at the end of G9 and the school ‘day’ is actually only half a day of learning. For many months, the trustees and the team in Kabwe have been discussing curriculum projections and Zambian Government compliance requirements. We are unanimous in our determination to solve the ‘complete journey’ shortfall as well as a number of other accommodation challenges. Detailed architect drawings have been commissioned to provide a 2-storey classroom block with the following accommodation:

• 2 science laboratories, to comply with Zambian Government requirements for G10 – 12

• 1 computer studies suite, 1 technology/art classroom, 5 general classrooms

• 1 staffroom, 1 science preparation room, further offices

The benefits will be:

• G5 to G12 will have whole-day learning

• The school will have senior as well as junior secondary learners

• Specialist accommodation for Science, Computer Studies, Technology/Art, and the School Hall used for dance, drama, and music

• Teachers will occupy their own classrooms, rather than moving at the change of lessons, with more opportunity for curriculum enrichment

• More effective safeguarding of vulnerable children as many will be on-site for the whole day

We have been out to tender and our Zambian colleagues have ‘checked out’ the preferred contractor. A detailed bill of quantity has been prepared with a total cost of £109,000 at today’s prices and exchange rate. This figure comes with a couple of health warnings – the continuing rise in the cost of materials, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the regular fluctuations in the exchange rate.

To help our UK understanding of what our £ can do for this exciting project:

• Concrete building block (we need 5000) @ £0.50*

• 50kg bag of cement (we need 2500) @ £5*

• Door frame (we need 14) @£25*

• Door @£40*

• 20 ton lorry-load of sand (we need 11) @ £120*

If we are to be ready to take G10 from January 2022, construction of the building will need to take place during 2021. We ask you to support, as you are able, our further engagement with ‘empowering the vulnerable children’.

New School Block Appeal£26,958.00£50,000.00

Updated: 15th February

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