Lower Park School - Photo Gallery - Chikumbuso in Zambia
Mrs Hughes, one of our parent governors, has returned from the orphanage school in Zambia that we have been supporting.
Below is a photo of the class with some of the gifts from Lower Park School, with our pupils Matthew and Eleanor. You can see some of the children holding the pens, pencils and crayons we sent to them.
The teacher (to the left of Matthew, at the back) is wearing a Lower Park School cap!
|Zambia is a country towards the south of Africa. Its capital is Lusaka and the Chikumbuso project is based in Ngombe, one of the townships there.||This is photo of some of Ngombe, the type of houses the children at Chikumbuso school live in. At the front right is a basket of groundnuts - peanuts, to you and me - which are grown in Zambia. The plastic tub contains corn-on-the-cob.|
The children who come to the school are some of the poorest in the world. Chikumbuso provides all the schoolchildren with lunch. For many, this will be the only meal they get all day. Because they don’t have mums and dads there is no-one earning money in the family, so they cannot buy food. So the school is a lifeline for them.
The day we visited they were eating nshima (the plates of white food) which is the local staple, like we eat potatoes. It is made from corn or mealie meal and has the consistency of mashed potato or porridge. It is served with a relish. This can be meat or fish or vegetables. Here the children are eating kapenta, which are small, smelly fish that are caught locally in Lake Kariba.
|Here are a couple of boys having, or about to have, lunch. Behind them is the pump where they wash their hands. Nshima is eaten entirely with your fingers, not with knife and fork, scooping up the relish in the mealie meal.||Here is a local shop in Ngombe. There are a few tomatoes on the table outside, and a mother carrying her baby in a chitenge on the left.|
|This is the playground. Does it look like yours? Not much! There is a climbing frame around the corner that you cannot see.||In the middle is a roundabout that the children can play on. As it turns, it pumps water up into the water tower. This means they don’t have to spend money on an electric pump, and they have a constant supply of water.|
|This is the Grade 1 class and their teacher. Grade 1 only have lessons in the afternoon. In the morning it is the Reception classroom.||This is the Grade 2 classroom with Lower Park School pupils Matthew and Eleanor.|
|This is the Grade 3 classroom. The children were still at lunch, but you can see the teacher’s desk at the back and a few posters on the wall on the left-hand side.||And here are some of the boys in Grade 5. The smallest class size was 37 children; the largest about 48 children. The classes are organised according to ability more than age. Some of the children in this class were as old as 16. They were all hoping to pass exams so that they could go to High School.|
|The above timetable shows what Grade 4 do each day. They always start with a Bible story and learn Maths, English and Science, much as you do. They also learn Nyanja, which is the local language. But I suspect you wouldn’t look forward to Friday afternoons: a whole hour of 'Cleaning School Surroundings'!|
|This is what Grade 5 were learning about that day. The picture is of a mosquito, the insect that spreads malaria.|
|This shows you some of the facilities the children have. That bookshelf had an entire class’s reading and exercise books. The Art cupboard contains the supplies for the whole school - some of your gifts were put in there. It is kept locked so that nothing is stolen.
When we gave them the gifts from Lower Park the class burst into song, thanking Jesus for giving them so much, and then they gave a big thank you to you too.