Hello from Malambo Grassroots! We have some wonderful updates to share with you about our various projects and activities in Zambia! The support we continue to receive from our wonderful donors and from Rose Charities, has allowed our many programs to continue. From old students to new students to a music residency! Read on for the latest!
Coreen, who we’ve been supporting since 2014, is busy finishing her practicum for her nursing degree and hoping to specialize in pediatrics or surgery when she graduates. In her words:
Iven, who we’ve been supporting since 2014, is now in his last year of studying nursing. He has really enjoyed his experience and learned a great deal from his practicum:
gone to, I have found more interest working in two areas; the
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Operating Theatre departments and I
realize this is where exactly my passion lies, I do best in these two
areas and this has made me make up my minds to specialize in any of
these areas later when I’m done with my General nursing.’
Click here to read a full letter from Iven about his experiences in studying nursing and the powerful impact of the scholarship that your kind donations have afforded him.
An update from a former Malambo scholarship recipient! We first mentioned working with Sizwani in our 2014 update. At that time, she was just beginning her nursing degree. She has now graduated from nursing and is enjoying her work at the Clinton Health Access Initiative as a Field Coordinator for Mpulungu district in northern Zambia.
Malambo Grassroots began supporting Douglas in the last year of his degree program. He graduated with his teaching diploma in December of 2018 and is now working. Prior to his graduation, he sent this message of gratitude:
Scholarship Recipient School: St. Vincent de Paul
Sister Lontia has been looking after the students of St.Vincent de Paul and working with Malambo Grassroots for almost a decade. Sister Lontia writes:
Last year, Malambo Grassroots supported 17 St. Vincent de Paul students at the elementary school level, 6 at the high school level, and 2 at the college level plus one student, Crispin Kalaluka, who just graduated from the University of Zambia (UNZA). That’s 26 students through the program last year alone!
Sister Lontia has done incredible work. Some of the other projects she has managed, and continues to do so, include:
- Building a water reservoir for the school garden is in progress
- Their free range poultry house, an income-generating project to support school funding, has been expanded and there are now 132 chickens
- The school continues to expand their library and books
- Sister Lontia also works with the families of students to address challenges to meet the required school fee payments:
“The school has started some mothers club called Tugwasyane club(let us help each other) mother just completed their four months training in tailoring so that they could be doing a variety of things for sale so that a percentage will be given to the school for payment of fees for their children and the rest it will be for their sustenance at home.”
Sister Lontia’s full letter of gratitude can be found on our website here.
Ngoma Dolce Music Academy (NDMA)
Malambo Grassroots continues to support children who would not otherwise have access to music through the scholarship program at NDMA. We also regularly send over donated musical instruments and we will be accepting donated strings this year, as they are most needed! A big thank you to One Tree Hill Sinfonia who performed a benefit concert for our NDMA programs last September!
At the request of NDMA, this year, we were also able to support the teachers build upon their wonderful music program by sponsoring Laura Barron in a joint collaboration with her charity, Instruments of Change. Read more below on her exciting music residency at NDMA!
Laura working with the teachers at NDMA.
A Volunteer in Zambia!
We’ve just had Laura Barron, a Malambo Grassroots volunteer, return from 3 weeks in Zambia! Laura is an innovative classical musician, with limitless, inspiring abilities in pedagogy, music-making, creativity and bringing people together. Her time with our NDMA teachers focused on community engagement tools intended to enhance teaching approaches, as well as leading dialogues around strategy and learning methods. Read more about her trip here –an excellent account of her experience, the people she met and the music that was played!
As always, we cannot thank our wonderful donors enough! Your continued support has allowed our programs to expand and thrive, and change lives in incredible ways. Please see our donations page for details should you like to contribute financially. Should you wish to assist Malambo Grassroots in other ways, please feel free to share our newsletter and tell the stories of those we support! We are a member of Rose Charities Canada and Rose Charities UK, and further information about Malambo Grassroots can be found on their websites and ours!
Jocelyn, Heidi, Sarah, Toni, and Marylee