Through our Community Impact Fund we are thrilled to be able to bless community schools and organisations who are also doing work in Zambia which is aligned with our heart and vision . It’s our way of going beyond ourselves and ensuring the impact we have here in Zambia is greater than what we could have on our own.
Last year, Nsobe Community School applied for a second grant from our Community Impact Fund to build an additional teacher accommodation block for their school which now has students from Pre-School all the way up to Grade 12.
The school is situated in a very remote area and it is difficult for teachers to travel in each day. Without basic accommodation the school cannot hope to attract and retain decent teachers, who are key to delivering quality education.
The new teacher accommodation block is now completed, with four teachers occupying the three housing units. The housing units each have two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen area and a small bathroom/toilet area. Teachers are using solar power for electricity, and water is piped into the houses from a borehole.
It was fantastic to hear that as far as possible the school used materials from their surrounding local community so that the project benefitted the greater community as an income generator for local natural resources (sand, burnt bricks etc.) as well as creating local jobs.
All labour used in the project came from the local Nsobe community. Additional project costs such as labour for plumbing, painting and bush clearing were given in gratitude and in partnership by school staff, students and the PTA.
Fiona Tomlinson, the Director of Nsobe Community School says this:
“Nsobe Community School students, teachers and PTA are most grateful to Beyond Ourselves for this generous project funding and partnership which has enabled us to provide accommodation for our teachers and retain quality teachers to better educate the students of Nsobe.”
So, thank you to all of you who have made this possible.