WHO ARE WE?
We are a husband and wife from York with a love for Zambia and the people that live there. Kelly visited for the first time in 2008 through a project part-assisted by Loughborough University where she educated children through sport with an organisation called Sport in Action. The not-for-profit organisation educates and empowers young people throughout Lusaka via sport, in particular football, netball, volleyball and basketball.
Kelly visited again in 2009 as the university staff member before we both visited in 2010, and we have recently returned from another trip. We have never met people with such a positive outlook on life, they have brought so much joy to our lives, and by building a wall we would like to offer something in return.
WHAT ARE WE RAISING MONEY FOR?
Mutendere School is in the centre of a large deprived community on the outskirts of Lusaka. When we visited in 2010 they had electricity installed for the first time; enough to power 1 lightbulb in each of the 2 classrooms. Although there are only 2 classrooms 450 children are educated each week. In Zambia families need to pay to send a child to school but many of them are educated for free through the kindness of the teaching staff which means they lose out on pay.
Sport, and in particular football, is a huge part in a child’s life in Zambia. There is a playground (by playground we mean an area of dusty, uneven land) directly outside the classrooms to play football, netball and volleyball however, although it is private land, it is used as a walkway from the local market and through to the community housing. Drunks stumble through the playground (sometimes urinating against the walls), market stalls are encroaching on the area, people interrupt sport sessions, and smashed glass is strewn throughout an area where kids (some of whom don’t own shoes) run around.
Needless to say we want to stop this by building a 50 metre wall to provide an area for the children to play and enjoy sport in a secure environment. The wall will cost over £2000 to build in total but we hope to surpass this target and additional funds will help build a purpose build playing surface at Mutendere.
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