Nicola Burness Smith, Director INTO Giving: The building of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Centre changes shape on an almost daily basis as can be seen from the photos sent to us from I-CCO, our partner charity.
Since INTO Giving sent over its first instalment of funding of
£20,000 the building project has surged ahead. I-CCO are
extremely grateful to all those at INTO and it's partners who have
fundraised, donated or contributed towards the school, as can be
seen from the I-CCO
newsletter. Please do read this heart-warming
appreciation of all our efforts and see from the photos how the
donations are being spent. Photos can also be seen on the INTO Giving Facebook
page giving you a clear idea of the progress.
Last week Rev Alfred Nyirenda, a founder director of I-CCO, sent
this brief update on the progress of the building trainees: "The
trainees are doing both theory and practical work now. BuildIT have
sent the theory trainer and the trainees are excited about this.
They have been told that they will be writing TEVETA exams next
month and they are working very hard. Thank you for your efforts
for the building project."
For those of you who have not read the previous updates, BuildIT
is a British-based charity that works in Zambia to build schools in
areas where they are most needed but have little or no funding.
They are working with INTO and I-CCO oversee work on this project
and provide professional training for I-CCO's 10 local
As you can see from the quote they are taking the work very
seriously and are determined to finish with a professional
qualification which will allow them to gain employment at the end
of the project. They receive a small food allowance each day to
provide food for themselves and their family.
Schools are not cheap to build in Zambia due to the rising price
of material costs and the difficulty of getting materials to the
site. We have also improved the specification of the building since
getting involved to ensure that all local and government
regulations are met and to provide the best facilities we can for
the orphaned children in Chawama. This has included relocating the
ablution blocks, putting security on the windows, improving
drainage and sewerage, installing good quality doors and improving
The cost also includes the training of locals in building
schools which we feel is an essential part of the project. The
manual work would have been carried out by the same people but now
they are getting a formal training and qualification equipping them
for employment in the future.
All this means that we are still fundraising for the school and
welcome any donations to the project and ideas for fundraising
events. INTO UEA have just held their third successful INTO
Giving Golf Day and are holding the INTO Giving ArtBall at the
Sainsbury Centre in September (tickets are on sale now).
If you want to get involved in fundraising please contact your
centre INTO Giving committee or Nicola Burness-Smith direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the latest on the Zambia project visit the INTO Giving Facebook