When I left Chitemo in 2008 I took a picture of the orphans under that tree and it has remained on my laptop as a screensaver and in my heart. After much thought and discussion with the villagers of Chitemo and Nyhinila I felt I had to do something for them. I believe that if they are to have a future it will be through education. Education will hopefully give them the skills that will enable them to move forward in their lives and contribute to their communities, moving them out of poverty and dependency. At 7 the children attend government school which may have 100 children to a class with one teacher and no other facilities other than a blackboard. If the children have the opportunity of developing the basics in the three R’s between the ages of 3 and 7 years of age they will hopefully be in a stronger position to deal with the challenges of their next school. The pre-school will also be used on Saturdays by the community for various activities such as developing craft skills, mother and baby groups, scout and guide groups for older children, the opportunities are endless.
The story so far as at January 2015
S chooling – Both pre-schools are now built and fully equipped with teachers, wall mounted blackboards, tables, desks and individual blackboards for each child in the class. The offices for the teachers have a desk, chair and storage cabinet. Cooking equipment has been provided for the children to have their morning porridge.
Education – Two women, one from each village, have now been trained as pre-school teachers. They are sharing their skills with other volunteers in the villages and we plan to train two more teachers in the near future.
Empowerment – This project would not be a success unless the villagers themselves take ownership and responsibility of the developments. They have, therefore, learnt how to set up and work in committees, open, use and manage bank accounts and have provided regular detailed reports with development updates.
Development – Water is now available for the village of Nyhinila, providing this life necessity. With huge thanks to our trustee Rev Nicky Teversen, who raised the majority of funds required. SEEDS have also donated to date 600 mosquito nets to help protect the most vulnerable young children from the dangers of Malaria.
Sustainbility – The future. Our projects must be able to be managed and financed by the villages themselves. The next and final stage for SEEDS is for us to provide the villages with chickens, goats, pigs and cows and educate them on how to rear their animals to maximum productivity. These animals will then provide the finance needed to maintain the running of the schools, pay the teachers and also provide fresh milk for the children.