The Limapela Foundation

Quality education for Zambia based on Christian values

April 2023


Administrator Margaret Diego has served us beyond the call of duty since January 2018. So we are very sorry to be bidding her farewell as she moves with her family to live in the UK. We know she will continue to be a Limapela ambassador even though she will not be in Zambia. She will be greatly missed.

As we say goodbye to Margaret, we welcome Margarita Kabwita, who comes as Margaret’s replacement. Margarita is Russian and is a Zambian Resident. Her husband is Zambian, and she comes with much experience in both corporate and not-for-profit organisations here in Zambia.

Alison Raymond arrived back safely in Zambia on 14 March. As she has officially retired, she plans not to be much involved in the schools from now on. We continue to search for ex-patriate replacements for the Raymonds.

Limapela Cedric’s School…

Head Teacher Martha Mbewe and her teaching staff of 16 continue to teach 422 pupils in Pre-school through Grade 9. Due to a shortage of classrooms, three classes are taught in a second session. We have a building plan and we continue to raise funds for a new Lower Primary Centre that will include three classrooms, storage and a covered play area.

Luyando Community School…

Head Teacher Franchessca Mumba and her teaching staff of 10 continue to teach 365 pupils in Pre-school through Grade 7. A new classroom block is also needed at Luyando. Thanks to Paul and Welma Els, feeding programmes have been established in both schools.


Volunteer Kirsty Lickfold’s mother Ruth was with us from New Zealand for three very enjoyable weeks. Ruth is also a teacher, so it didn’t take her long to find ways to help us with our children and young people. Toni Silcock has just arrived from New Zealand and is visiting Kirsty. Limapela Trustees Donald Cheesman and Judy Maguire will be joining us with Judy’s husband Mike for a week in May for the Limapela Anniversary Celebrations.

It was a real pleasure to have Bill and Cassie Bauson and Cassie’s sister Connie from Indiana, USA, for two weeks. Years ago, the Bausons worked at Kafakumba for more than three years. Bill is an electrical engineer by training and a very practical man. He offered to fix things for us, and this included the PA speaker that we use for the Kafakumba Singers. We are most grateful.

The Kafakumba Singers…

We have been working against time to prepare my contemporary Mass for Palm Sunday — only a week to go and one final rehearsal. The choir has grown to 30, so they are singing with even more power!

13th Anniversary Celebration…

This will be held on Saturday 13 May. Each school is planning a separate event at which we will give thanks for God’s provision and for 13 years of progress in all Limapela activities.

— Matthew and Alison Raymond


Milton Mashamba
Age: 7, Grade: 1
Rita Kabemba
Age: 8, Grade: 1
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