ITALA FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER 6

Business Plans Underway

The Trustees identified three objectives for 2009: to get the new school building underway, to put a sewing business plan in place and to get the Mill project running. We are delighted to say that all three of the objectives are now complete.

The new school building has its roof on and is being plastered, the ladies in the Sewing Project have started their training course and the Mill project has been finished and is grinding corn for the community.

One of the adult students in class with a baby in her arms. This lady has two children which she brings to her lessons at the school.

This is common to a number of our adult ladies who attend Adult Classes as they are now aware of what they have missed in the past and how important basic literacy and numeracy is.

The newly roofed school building almost finished

The ladies in the sewing project on their training course.

Wedding Dresses

This may seem a very strange request but the ladies in the sewing project have a demand to make traditional dresses which they will be starting work on as soon as they finish their training.

However, they also have a high demand for ’Western’ style white wedding dresses and instead of going to the high cost of making these we are trying to collect a stock of unwanted wedding dresses that we could give to them to hire out.

If you have, or know anyone who has, a wedding dress they no longer want and would like to donate it, we will take them out with us on our next visit at Easter 2010.

Soroptomists International

Mrs Sian Kent who is one of our Trustees and a Soroptomist, was invited to the International Conference in Cardiff to make a presentation to thousands of delegates about the work of the Foundation in Zambia which the Soroptomists have supported over the last few years.

Zambia Meeting 2009

Tony Foster, Chairman of the Charity in the UK seen here with Mr Albert Mwansa who is the coordinator of the project in Zambia.

We are delighted to say that the Charity is inviting Mr Mwansa over to the UK between the 6 and 28 May 2010.