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    Weʼve raised £4,230 to provide educational materials for Chisuma Primary School in Zimbabwe, a rural school near Victoria Falls.

    Funded on Thursday, 31st October 2019

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    In July 2019 I am taking 11 days to walk the Camino Portuguese, a 280kms coastal hike from Porto to Santiago de Compostella. Every penny raised through sponsorship will directly benefit the pupils of Chisuma Primary School; it would be fantastic if I could raise enough to provide text books in the core subjects of English, maths and science for every pupil, to provide the paint to repaint the whole school to include a blackboard wall for outdoor teaching (the labour being provided by staff, parents, villagers and me!), and to provide a basic lunch for every pupil every school day for a year. And, if there is any surplus, it will be used to pay the US$ 25 termly school fees for any child currently unable to attend school due to their parents inability to pay. And, if I can raise £3500+, I will be able to replace 10 wooden classroom doors with metal ones that touch the floor - and that means no more snakes getting into the classrooms!

    Chisuma Primary School, situated some 26kms from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, provides education for children up to the age of 12 living in rural communities. There are currently 386 pupils on roll, many of whom walk up to 7kms just to get to school each day. The school has 4 double classrooms, each for 80+ pupils, and there are 11 teachers, including the Headmaster and his Deputy. Local women come in each day to cook a basic lunch for the pupils - sadza, a cornmeal based porridge, is cooked over an open fire - and for some, this will be their only meal of the day. Parents are asked to contribute $1 each towards this, but not everyone is able to afford it and without aid, the catering can be inconsistent.

    In 2017 I had the privilege of visiting the school. At that time, only 3 of the 4 classrooms were in use; the 4th had fallen down, and was but a pile of rubble. Donations secured a rebuild, and I raised further funds to furnish the classroom with locally sourced desks and chairs. During a second visit to the school in 2018, I took with me some sports equipment, musical instruments and used some of the funds to commission a local seamstress to make some school uniforms for those without. Whilst dedicated to raising funds for the school, I have also challenged them to consider what the community can do to provide assistance. So far, this has been limited to providing labour for any projects, but we are also looking at ways in which up-cycling can be maximised, with local craftsmen using waste materials to make items for the school, e.g. goal posts for football, or bench seats.

    This will be the hardest challenge I have ever done, both physically and mentally, but your support - and most importantly your donation - will keep me going, however hard and painful each step is! Thank you so much for whatever you are able to donate. Trust me, it's worth it and directly impacts the lives of these children.



    • Anne Megdiche3 months ago
      Anne Megdiche

      Anne Megdiche

      3 months ago

      Thank you to you all for supporting me on my Camino challenge. Sorry for the delay in this update...I needed to recover first! 280kms, temperatures of up to 41C, stunning scenery, some amazing people and some horrendous cobblestones in Portugal. However, your generosity meant that we have raised a significant amount for Chisuma Primary School, so every step was worth it. Thank you so much, and if you want a Camino know where I am! 😉

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    • Anne Megdiche4 months ago
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      Anne Megdiche

      4 months ago

      Thank you all for your support and kind messages and for helping raise the funds for Chisuma. My Camino challenge is very real now; I have arrived in Porto and start walking tomorrow. Porto is stunning...and very hot!

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    • Anonymous


      Sep 25, 2019

      With all my love, Annie! XOXOXO


    • Stephen Davies

      Stephen Davies

      Aug 17, 2019

      Well done, Anne. Love Stephen and Pippa

    • Kathy


      Aug 8, 2019

      What an incredible feat. Well done.


    • The Hav

      The Hav

      Jul 28, 2019

      Well done, Anne. Good to see you back in one piece!

    • Sandie & Jay

      Sandie & Jay

      Jul 28, 2019

      Well done, Anne!


    • Anonymous


      Jul 14, 2019

      Well done! I look forward to hearinf about it!


    • Alexia Wheeler

      Alexia Wheeler

      Jul 14, 2019

      Well done! I look forward to hearing about it!


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