Three rural schools with which CITW Zambezi works in Zambia are the first to receive solar lights from the Bourke Family Foundation’s Lights for Literacy initiative in this year’s distribution. Lupani Primary, Simoonga Thandizani Trust and Twabuka Community Schools were the recipient schools of last week’s distribution.
Due to the rural location that these schools and communities are situated in, many households do not have access to electricity, relying on fires and candles for light. Furthermore, many children have to walk long distances to and from school, reducing the amount of daylight hours that they have to do chores and homework.
Donated to 240 Grade 6 and 7 students and nine teachers, it is intended that these lights will last until the students finish school. Giving lights to teachers is also a significant help, as they can use them to prepare lessons and mark students’ work.
After some challenges and speedbumps in getting the consignment into Zambia, we are so happy that we have been able to deliver the lights to the first recipients, and are looking forward to distributing more to the further-afield schools.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the Bourke Family Foundation. Your continued support is much appreciated by us, and the thousands of lives that you have changed through the donation of these solar lights.
Report by Sarah Adams