We hope that you and your loved ones are well.  As we all come to terms with the impact of the Coronavirus on our world and the immediacy and severity of the restrictions on all our lives here in UK, we write to update you on the situation in Zambia and, more specifically, the Family Future Community School (FFCS) in Kabwe.

What is happening in Zambia?

Coronavirus is a global problem and is spreading in Zambia. On Tuesday 17th March, the Zambian Government made their first pronouncement on its response to COVID-19, giving 3 days’ notice of a total lock down. So, on Friday 20th March, FFCS closed for the foreseeable future. Whilst our teachers continue to do their best to support children’s learning in a generally, non-technological home environment, the main impact of the lock down is the impact on the feeding programme.

What are Future Pillars doing?

We are in daily contact with Moses Kopa (Headteacher) and/or Patrick Sichilima (School Administrator) to support, encourage and, when necessary, respond to their changing situation
Food – bags of mealie meal – is being distributed by the teachers to the most vulnerable families in the compounds, for whom we know lunch at school was often the only meal of the day. After recent droughts the cost of food has risen, and we must do all we can to support these families at this difficult time. We are impressed with the efforts being made to meet this huge challenge
In terms of our regular financial support for FFCS, most of the outgoings remain – the purchase of food and the teachers/support staff allowances. We expect a modest reduction in the money required by FFCS over the coming months
What can you do?

We anticipate a drop in our donations as our supporters respond to changes in their circumstances.  We have had to postpone the sponsored walk planned for June 20, but we ask you to keep the date free for an alternative “virtual” event, which we have started to work on and will communicate soon.
Projecting our financial commitment to the school in the light of reduced income is a challenge. It is very difficult to know, with any certainty, how the next few months will pan out for us. We ask you to consider and pray about this situation and respond accordingly, as you are able to do so.With your help, we wish to honour our commitment to the children and staff through this crisis.
Thank you again for your continued support and we hope you are able to stay safe and blessed.Kathryn, Gwyneth, Emma, Rosemary, Peter and Barry
Future Pillars Zambia trustees

 

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