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Education for Chipata
Education for Chipata
In January 2013, S.O.S. helped sponsor literacy classes for approximately 18 adults who live in Malongwe Village and had little or no formal education.  Many of the students had never even held a writing implement before attending our class.   It is our pleasure to announce plans to greatly expand the literacy class currently being offered and implement the Malongwe Village Education and Vocation Initiative.  We have been given a large parcel of land (17 acres) on which to carry out our objectives.  The comprehensive plan includes building a vocational training center in the heart of Malongwe Village, a rural bush community located in Chipata, Zambia, Africa.  Malongwe Village is part of a community of approximately 11,000 people.   Some of the residents have a little schooling that would be the American equivalent of a 6th grade education, but more than half  are completely illiterate.  Listed below are the components of the initiative:

  • Build a school and vocational training center in the rural bush village for literacy class students to continue their education and learn a marketable trade
  • Install a fresh water well system on the property
  • Implement a school sponsored, student run agricultural program
  • Provide tailoring classes for women learning to sew


Irene, a literacy class student who is over 40 years old:  “I started coming to school because I wanted to learn to read the bible.  I was so tired of people reading it to me.  I wanted to look up the scriptures for myself.  This is a good school.  So many times our children in the village don’t go to school because it is so far away.  They just stay at home.  But if I can learn to read, then perhaps my childrenwill be able to learn also.”
The first graduating class from Big Tree Baptist Church's literacy program.  They completed the first year curriculum and received a graduation certificate of achievement.  The graduates range in age from 15 - 50+.  A whole new world will be opened to these dear people because they have begun the journey to literacy. 

2017 - Our literacy program has grown to include 23 adults, and we are currently offering classes in English AND Chichewa, the native language of the village.
This is Dani Zulu, and he is 15 years old.  Dani is the valedictorian of our first graduating class.  He walks many miles to attend the literacy classes taught by Doreen Zulu.  Dani has received some previous educational training in addition to the reading class offered through the Big Tree Baptist Church literacy program.  He currently reads at a fourth grade level and is considered an outstanding student by his teacher!
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Results from the literacy program started 4 years ago. 
Statement from Bernard Zulu




             
           

Construction of the Community Resource Center is well underway and should be completed Fall 2017. Pictured below:  our finished classroom that is currently being used to host English classes for local villagers.

Johnson Lungu, our literacy school teacher, enjoying a drink at the newly installed bore hole.  Below:  pumping water.  Such hard work!

 

Members of our farming co-op.  These women are AMAZING. They have done an incredible job taking care of the garden and orchard that were planted this past summer.  The harvest has been incredible.

 

The tailoring program was started with these
five dedicated women.  They made these over the shoulder bags after only one week of training.  The program has grown to include 20 students.

             
             









































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