Welcome to our first Newsletter for Malambo Grassroots!
We wanted to take a moment to update you on recent Malambo Grassroots activities, the work your generous support and funds have made possible and upcoming projects.
2012 has been busy so far! Our projects in Education and Income Generation have grown, and we’re working on a few new projects which will mean 2013 will also be busy, with more plans ahead!
Our scholarship program continued in 2012..and it grew! We are really excited that we were able to start two new scholarships programs this year: one to assist orphaned and at risk children at St. Vincent’s in Monze, and the Chen Family Foundation Scholarship for underprivileged children to study music at the Ngoma Dolce Music Academy in Lusaka.
The process for determining each year’s scholarship recipients is long and detailed. Many hours are spent by the Malambo Grassroots volunteers, working with locals in Zambia, for the two student intake periods during the school year: meet with all of the students, ensure they are meeting the criteria to keep their scholarship, and discuss their upcoming needs to ensure we are all working towards common goals. But the many hours put in are always worth the outcome! We’re pleased to say that we are now able to help students going to college and university after successfully completing all school levels to that point!
And, in conjunction with Mwabuka Zambia, our in-country partner, we organized the distribution of funds to about 70 students from Grade 8 to post-secondary education, and were also able to build housing for two teachers.
We’re also thrilled to have started a new relationship with Katulumba Elementary School in Siavonga, working with teachers to address their needs and ensure the right school supplies are provided. We look forward to developing our relationship with them!
2012 also saw the continuation of our community issues lectures. We funded a series of workshops for Grade 7 students on challenges experienced during adolescence. It was really well received and we hope to provide more of this series in the coming months.
To update you on the container of supplies and musical instruments that many of you contributed to… the container finally reached Zambia after a strange route through the Middle East! Nevertheless, the people receiving all the much needed equipment could not be happier.
The medical supplies, sewing needs, trade tools and musical instruments were all put to good use shortly after arrival.
An incredible milestone as the Malambo Women’s Group reached their 20th anniversary as their own group! The goods they have produced over the years continue to get more detailed and beautiful and they have even won two local awards for their work.
We’ve also seen Sunford celebrate his own success with his paper maché bowls, made with local newspaper, water and flour.
Also, a new project we’ve started with rug hooking is going well. This is a project where rugs are created from second-hand T-shirts bought at local markets and then hooked onto hessian. The rugs are often decorated with the patterns of local flora and fauna.
We were a part of some great fundraising events this year, such as the Ukama Arts Fair, and we have some more great events coming up. As you may have seen from our recent fundraising mailout, Geoff Cross will be riding in the upcoming Levi’s GranFondo this upcoming Saturday, Sept.29. Read here our Q&A with Geoff about his upcoming ride.
We are also working on starting a bee project in Monze which will allow local bee keepers to start their own honey-production business.
A big Thank You
We would like to take a moment to thank you for your ongoing support- our donors make much of our work possible. We are also 100% volunteer and with these hundreds of volunteer hours put in each year in Canada and Zambia, we are able to continue and expand the projects and positive impact on the lives of our friends in Zambia. These hours, combined with your generous donations, are monumental in making a difference to the lives of those we are working with.
Our upcoming goals…
There are a few key goals we would like to reach to get us ready for 2013:
- Continue growing our scholarship fund
- Providing re-furbished laptops to the students –if anyone has any to donate, please contact us
- Build toilets to keep our Malambu School in operation, in accordance with government regulations
- Schedule another community issues talk
- Begin the bee-keeping project, leading to more sustainable income generation projects
By reaching these goals, overall community wellness will be increased invaluably.
We’ll be in touch again in a few months to update you on all the great projects we have on the go. In the meantime though, we welcome you to join us on our Facebook page for ongoing activities and stories from Zambia. We are also working on further building our website: www.malambograssroots.ca.
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Thank you for your continued support!
Wishing you all the best for a great autumn,
The team at Malambo Grassroots