As the year 2016 comes to a close, the Manyinga Orphan and Vulnerable Children School Project would like to thank you for your generous support and ask that you consider supporting the Manyinga project once again.
The Manyinga Orphan and Vulnerable Children Schools Project is the result of a partnership between two rural African communities and a group of concerned individuals in North America working together to find a way to help orphaned and vulnerable children in a remote part of northwestern Zambia improve their lives. The initiative has resulted in providing much-needed education, essential agriculture skills, improved nutrition, health care and sanitation for approximately 400 vulnerable children. The goal of self-sufficiency and independence for the students as they grow into adulthood continues to be the objective of the project.
The information below provides a brief update of the school’s activities in 2016. This year, we have helped the communities by supporting teacher’s salaries, agricultural inputs for the Farm Initiative, basic infrastructure needs, and other health and nutrition initiatives. Availability of fresh water for hygiene and for watering the crops, garden, livestock and orchards continues to be a big challenge. With your help, we are hoping to support the digging of new boreholes for both schools in 2017 to help alleviate this shortage.
Looking back on a successful year
The two schools continue to be a success story, with around 400 children enrolled each year. In addition to the basic education they receive, the children are learning about nutrition, health and agriculture skills. Parents and other caregivers have noticed and have commented positively on the improvement in their child’s education, health and knowledge of farming.
Students continue to progress and develop as they gain more experience and knowledge. The schools continue their efforts to encourage and enable students to attend classes. The female teachers continue to give female students who have reached the age of puberty health instruction and sanitary products. In the past, girls would have missed a week of school per month due to a lack of supplies.
And let there be light! It is hard to remember most rural houses don’t have electricity in Zambia. Solar light packs are letting our students read and study at night.
This past term, all students from both schools were successfully vaccinated against measles and rubella. Teachers and parents were involved in awareness and education programs about these diseases, which commonly occur in Zambia.
The Farm Initiative continues to contribute to the nutritional program at the schools and gives the students hands-on experiences growing crops, tending gardens and orchards, and raising livestock. Regular lessons are taught to the students by the school’s agriculturalist Happy Sakayi, emphasizing good agronomic practices, and illustrating the importance of mixed farming. At last report, Happy was planning to plant 8 lima to maize and 1 lima to beans at Chinema, and 10 lima to maize and 1 lima to beans at Samafunda (1 lima is equivalent to 0.25 ha). Both schools tend to goat herds and are currently finishing building a goat shelter at Samafunda and starting one at Chinema. The gardens the students planted this year were successfully fertilized and weeded and were thriving at last report, although water shortages continue to be a problem at both schools. You can learn more about the Farm Initiative at http://manyinga.org/farm-initiative.
Looking forward to a successful future
While we continue dialogue to facilitate the successful transition of the schools to local government support, we acknowledge that this process is likely to take some time.
We hope we can count on your support. Your donations pay teacher salaries, support basic health care and buy the seed and inputs for the Farm Initiative that feeds the students and provides a modest return on the sale of surplus harvest.
Here is a list of a few budget items for 2017 that need your support:
- $150/month for a teacher's salary
- $60 for fruit trees
- $240 for tools and pails
- $360 for first aid kits
- $600 for oxen and plow rental
- $600 per year for nurse visits to the schools
- 120 for school supplies
- $600 for agronomist training
- $3600 for fertilizer
You can remain up to date with what is happening at the schools by visiting Manyinga.com. Please take a moment and visit www.manyinga.org to see the impact that your donation can have on the lives of these young students.
While we are aware there are many causes that are worthy of your donations, we hope that you will consider supporting the Manyinga Orphan and Vulnerable Children School Project.
To donate today, please follow the instructions here: http://manyinga.org/donate.php.
All of us on the Working Committee wish you a very Merry Christmas and peace and joy this holiday season. Thank you again for your continued support.
Seasons Greetings from,
Allan & Myrna Ronald, Art Enns, Cam Dahl, David Bossman, Dorothy Murrell, Erin Armstrong, Jereleen Brydon, Jim Smolik, Karen Green, Len & Carol Penner, Marian Ronald, Jo Anne Relf-Eckstein, Robynne Anderson, Jody Dundas, Jennifer Karton and Wendy Thiessen
The Manyinga Working Group is very grateful for our community of supporters through the years. For the second year, Manitoba farmer and Manyinga Committee member Art Enns has donated the proceeds from a field of oats to the Manyinga project. His generosity will once again help the vulnerable children of Manyinga learn the agriculture skills they need to go forward into a self-reliant and prosperous future.
Dinner, Drinks and Development
On April 14, an evening in support of the Manyinga Project was held at the Winter Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Over 125 people attended this wonderful event, and thanks to their generosity more than $30,000 was raised to support the two schools. These extra funds will allow us to consider new capital projects such as new boreholes to ensure fresh water supply for the schools. However, we continue to rely on the generosity of our donors to support the schools going forward.