In 2012, thanks to the generosity of the Savannah Charitable Trust, we were able to support local NGO, Chibolya Education and Health Organization (CEHOZ), to establish Chibolya Community School.
The Savannah Charitable Trust and other supporters are helping us to fund the running costs and ongoing development of this thriving, primary school which currently has five classrooms and supported 350 pupils from pre-school to Grade 7 in 2017.
Chibolya is an extremely poor, rural community of 10,000 people in Southern Province. 90% of local adults are illiterate and the village has many social and health problems.
The closest state primary is heavily oversubscribed so, in 2005, CEHOZ volunteers started teaching village children in a disused beer hall.
Dark, cramped and without running water this was far from ideal so in 2012 we raised funds to build two light, airy classrooms a nursery block and latrines.
We are grateful to the many donors who have funded and continue to support:
- Books, stationery and equipment, uniforms and shoes
- Running costs and volunteer teacher’s subsistence
- School feeding programme
- Physiotherapy and adaptive equipment for disabled pupils
- Borehole, water tank and electricity connection
- Teacher’s house
- Small playground
- Income generating activities: maize, poultry and block-making businesses which supply food and bricks to the school and sell surplus to fund running costs.
CEHOZ have sensitised the villagers on the benefits of education for girls, who traditionally work in the house until they are married off at puberty. Consequently over half the pupils are female and the community are very involved with running the school.
The school has an on site boarding house so disabled pupils from outlying areas can attend classes on a daily basis. They have a trained support worker, two house mothers, adaptive equipment and are fully integrated into lessons and playtimes.
The school currently provides full-primary to Grade 7, and plans to expand to lower secondary Grades 8-9. Further down the line CEHOZ is keen to provide Upper Secondary through to Grade 12 (GCE).