4 May 2018
Limapela Cedric’s School
We were thrilled that 35 out of 36 of our Grade 9 pupils passed their national ECZ exams last November, and we commend our secondary teachers for this achievement. This year we have 415 pupils enrolled, including two grade 9 classes. Next year we anticipate having two classes each at both Grade 8 and Grade 9 levels, which makes our need for more classrooms the more urgent. The foundation for this new classroom block has now been completed, and one of the rooms will be a science lab. We are grateful to Mr Tony Ventriglia, the owner of Zambezi Portland Cement Company, for donating cement, blocks and builders mix in very generous quantities for this project. Fundraising for the balance is now in full swing.
Luyando Community School
Established in 2006 by British businessman and philanthropist Martin Zuch, this school is in a very poor and troubled rural community. We take our hat off to Head Teacher Frankie Mumba, who, with her capable teachers works tirelessly to improve the lives of the 360 boys and girls enrolled. Limapela has pushed to upgrade the electrical and plumbing infrastructure, and we never seem to finish! We are now awaiting the final decision from The Rotary Foundation in Chicago on our application for a Global Grant to build modern ablution facilities at the school. All the required funding has been pledged, but the application has been rejected several times because Rotary now requires very much more demanding standards of compliance for such projects.
The Kafakumba Singers
We presented Easter and other music at the local church and at Mukuba Mall in Kitwe over the Easter weekend, and we recorded a number of pieces to be filmed at a later date for Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation Television.
Alison and I will be leaving next Tuesday for something of a Limapela Promotional Tour. We will spend time in the USA (Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania), the UK and Germany. In Pennsylvania I will be honoured to address the Rotary District 7360 Conference. Thanks to all our supporters. Please don’t forget the ongoing monthly needs of Limapela. As the organisation expands, so do the expenses. We need many more sponsors for both pupils and teachers.
— Matthew F. Raymond, trustee