ITALA FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER 10

Mr Albert Mwansa visits the UK

Mr Mwansa, Director of Itala Foundation Zambia on a visit to a local Primary school in North Wales during his visit this year.

During his stay in the UK we asked Mr Mwansa to write a number of articles for the newsletter, some of which are reproduced here.

It is always a pleasure to have Mr Mwansa staying with and it provides us with the opportunity to take him to meet many of the
supporters and sponsors of the charity.

This year his visits included North Wales, Melton Mowbray and London.

A MESSAGE OF GREETINGS AND THANKS FROM ITALA FOUNDATION ZAMBIA

I would like to give greetings to you all from the Trustees and teachers at Itala Foundation school in Zambia. I would particularly like to praise the many students and staff from Syr Hugh Owen school, Caernarfon, the students and staff from Amlwch school, Holyhead and  the Rotary Clubs of the Royal Town of Caernarfon, of Melton Mowbray, Belvoir and the Rotary Club of Coesfeld, Germany for
sponsoring the many projects at the school. I wish to appeal to the G8 countries to continue to support communities in need so that illiteracy and poverty can be eradicated.

WOMEN TAKE THE LEAD IN COMBATING ILLITERACY AT ITALA FOUNDATION

Because of the financial support received from the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray, Belvoir and their partner club in Coesfeld Germany which enabled electricity to be taken to the school, we have been able to run evening classes at the school for adult learners.

One old woman, Mrs Sakala expressed joy that the school was becoming a centre of academic excellence.

She was happy that since she became a student her life had changed significantly as she now has the confidence to count, read and communicate in English.

(Albert Mwansa)

KABWE ROTARY CLUB VISIT ITALA SCHOOL FOR PRESENTATION

During February members of the Rotary club of Kabwe, Zambia visited the school in order to officially handover 100 desks and other equipment to the staff.

Kabwe Rotary club was acting as the host partner in a match funding venture with the Royal Town of Caernarfon, UK Rotary Club.

Fundraising in the Caernarfon Club was matched by the District 1180 organisation which was then match funded by the Rotary  International parent organisation in the USA.

Members of the Kabwe Rotary club were responsible for administering the funding and ensuring the purchase and delivery of the desks.
Our sincere thanks are extended to the President and members of the Kabwe club for their hard work and efficient administration.

We are extremely grateful to them and the provision of new desks throughout the school is going to be of major benefit

 

VISIT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF MELTON MOWBRAY, BELVOIR

Itala Foundation, Zambia has been delighted to host Mr Ken Egglestone (pictured above) from the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray, Belvoir in Leicestershire. Ken was on a fact finding visit and had the opportunity to meet the local chief, visit Mkushi Radio and talk to full  time farmers.

The Rotary club is sponsoring the development of crop growing for the Food Programme at the school. His farming experience has been a great help and we are looking forward to next years maize crop.

 

CHILDREN AND ADULTS DO IT AGAIN!

We were absolutely delighted last year when we found out that the children and adult classes had achieved 100% pass rate in their Grade 7 examinations. We are now doubly delighted at the news that they have done it again this year. Congratulations to students and staff alike!

 

LETTER FROM A STUDENT

I knew that visiting Africa would be an eye-opener. It was certainly an experience that I shall never forget.

From the time I stepped off the aircraft to when we left again, I was struck by the massive differences between Zambia and home. It was like a different world entirely.

We got off the transport in Itala on the main dirt road running through the market of the village. As we walked between the market stalls almost everyone stopped to greet us. It seemed that the whole village welcomed us and many thanked us for the work of the Charity at the school.

For me, the highlight of my time in Itala was on the third day when I was given the opportunity to teach. I had been worried about doing it but the pupils were eager to learn and ready to listen. Their attitude towards education struck me as being completely different to  attitudes back home.

Our other work was helping with building the new Science Block, painting classrooms and moving bricks. I found the week spent in mud
huts difficult; I never before believed that I could cope no running water, no electricity and none of the comforts of home. Yet this was how the local people lived all of the time.

The money raised by the Charity empowers the local people through education and gives them hope of raising out of  poverty and gaining control over their lives.

Itala Foundation is an essential source of aid for the people and it has inspired me to want to do more. I can’t wait to go back there sometime in the future.