A concert for Malambo Grassroots!

One Tree Hill Sinfonia is holding a wonderful
fundraisier for Malambo Grassroots this Saturday, September 15! The concert will be held in SE London in the Borough of Lewisham. One Tree Hill Sinfonia is an orchestra, established in 2014, comprised of professional and amateur musicians. Proceeds from all concerts they perform are donated to local, national, and international charities. We are so excited about this event and are honoured One Tree Hill Sinfonia has chosen to support us!
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A Hugely Successful Women’s Workshop!

A report from Jocelyn Banyard on the excellent women’s workshop she ran this past summer in Zambia!

“Even though women in Africa often shoulder the bulk of the financial responsibility in raising children or maintaining a household, they often lack basic knowledge of the financial services available to them, or the skills to manage their income wisely.
As well, women in the arts often work in isolation, or their work remains invisible to the rest society. The women’s workshop held in the Wayi Wayi studios was sponsored by Financial Sector Deepening Zambia (FSDZ) with the specific goal to educate women artists in how to reduce their financial risks and increase their access to basic services like banks, health and education. In this way, the aim is to include these Zambian women artists in one of the fastest-growing art markets in the world.
 The workshop and resulting exhibition were well covered by the press, both in print and in live news casts. This alone gave the fourteen artists unprecedented exposure and much-needed publicity.
 Since then, the women have organized a second exhibition. The workshop and exhibitions have motivated most of the women to network via social media and sell their work. There is already talk for another workshop in 2018.”

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An Update from the Ngoma Dolce Music Academy!

Report on Malambo Grass Roots Scholarship programme at Ngoma Dolce

In 2017 there were three scholarship students supported by Malambo Grassroots. They come from Chibelo Primary School, a state-run school 1km from the Academy. They come in on Tuesday afternoons for individual lessons. At the end of each term we hold Ensemble Week which, as it’s during the school holidays, allows the students to meet each other and work in groups (see below). The students are:

Chaange Chilo

Chaange writes:

I am 11 years old and in grade 7 at Chibelo primary school.
My favourite subjects are social studies and English, apart from that I love music and Art. In 2016 I was given an opportunity to learn how to play the piano, at Ngoma Dolce Music academy through Malambo Grass Roots scholarship program. I had to compete during an audition with many other students, I thank God I made it to be given a scholarship. When I started my lessons, it was not very easy because I had to learn theory and practical. Growing up in a community of people who don’t play any musical instrument or taken any music lessons was a bit tricky for me but all my life, it’s been my dream to learn how to play the piano because it’s my favourite instrument and many thanks goes to Malambo Grass Roots for their generosity and continued sponsorship that has made my dream come true. I am really enjoying my lessons now that I am able to read music notes and play them on the piano with fewer challenges. I have done John Thompson 1 and 2 and now starting John Thompson 3.

Paul Msiska

Paul writes:
My name is Paul Msiska, 11 years old, grade 6 at Chibelo primary school.
I have always wanted to play the guitar and now I have a chance through Ngoma Dolce Music Academy. I am grateful to Malambo Grass Roots Scholarship program, for sponsoring me fully. I am able to play basic classical guitar pieces and I have also learnt to play chords.




Gift Mwape

Gift writes:

My name is Gift Mwape, 11 years old, grade 6 at Chibelo primary school. When I came in for auditions 2016, I didn’t know what to expect, but at the end of it all I was told that I was the most musical. After that I was asked which instrument I would like to learn and I chose drums. I come to Ngoma Dolce every Tuesday afternoon for my lessons, was very difficult when I started but now am getting on very well. I did my first public performance at an end of term concert, by that time I was only 2 months old at the academy, my second was during the Christmas concert and I am certain I have many more performances to do. I have met a lot of new friends at the academy from whom I have learnt a lot. I am now the main drummer at Twin Palm Seventh Day Adventists Church. This is a wonderful musical journey, I will not forget and I will forever appreciate.

Ensemble Week
Individual lessons are not enough. Students need to learn to play together in groups, and Ensemble Week is the opportunity for them to do this. This photo shows what we do in the end-of-Ensemble-Week concert, though our three scholars were too junior to perform in these groups just yet.

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A Malambo Grassroots Fundraiser: Mabel’s Labels!

Malambo Grassroots has launched a new campaign, through Mabel’s Labels!

You can now order labels for clothing, school supplies, travel and more. Better yet, you can support students in Zambia at the same time.
Please share with parents, school groups, or anyone who might be interested!
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Our Tilt Fundraiser!

Dear Friends,

We hope you enjoyed our recent Malambo Grassroots update. In the newsletter, we spoke of our upcoming Tilt campaign for 2017. Here are the details!

This year we are fundraising again for our elementary, secondary and tertiary scholarships programs which support nearly 50 students! As well, we hope to expand our music scholarship program at Ngoma Dolce Music Academy to allow more young Zambians to pursue their passion. On top of that ambitious goal, we have our sights set on two women’s workshops this year. The theme will be financial inclusion and will focus on Zambian Women Artists, culminating in a National Exhibition and retrospective of the last 25 years of women’s art in Zambia! These workshops often have over 40 women attend. To run these workshops, funds are needed to cover Zambian Facilitators, a workspace, and art supplies.

A bit more detailed information on school costs:

How much does it (approximately) cost to keep a child in school in Zambia?

For us to help a grade 8 student for one year: $ 200
schoolGrade 9: $290
Grade 10: $430
Grade 11: $520
Grade 12: $520
College: $1100 – $1500
University: $3000 – $4000

For Ngoma Dolce Music Academy, lessons are approximately $15CAD and students have up to 50 lessons per year plus workshops, at an annual fee of $750CAD.

We would be so grateful for your help in realizing these goals!

mural-2Despite the challenges our students face every day ~ drought, lack of food, rolling power outages, unstable currency, lack of educational equipment ~ our students continue to amaze us with their positivity and determination.

When we first connected with St. Vincent de Paul in 2010, our elementary school for orphaned and underprivileged children, we invited the children to paint a mural on the outside of the school. It was an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for many of the children to paint for the very first time. Two of those children Timothy and Mutinta are now in grade 11 and 12 respectively thanks to our scholarship program, and we couldn’t be more proud of them. And this year our first three university scholars will graduate! Such an incredible achievement for these students, and it’s all thanks to you, our wonderful donors!


As you know, we are 100% volunteer, so your entire donation goes to help those we work with! Any amount is greatly appreciate! A donation of $10 £10 €10 can have a significant impact on our students lives and the communities that we support.

If you would like to donate to Malambo Grassroots programs, a member project of Rose Charities Canada, please join our Tilt campaign here! When contributing, you’ll be asked to enter your name, email, and create a new password. It’s simple and fast!

Our Tilt campaign is active until December 24, 2016.

rug-hookingOnce you’ve donated, please help spread the word of our Tilt campaign. The more people that learn of our students and communities in Zambia, the more chance we have of being able to continue all of our programs!

Tilt does not provide tax receipts. If you are Canadian and would like a tax receipt for donations of $25 or more, please donate by cheque or through our website.

Thank you again for your support!

With gratitude,
The Team at Malambo Grassroots

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The passing of Elizabeth Colson

A dear friend, Elizabeth Colson, passed away in August at 99 years of age, sitting on her verandah in Zambia, watching the birds. Not only was she a world renowned American anthropologist who dedicated her life’s work to the Tonga people, with whom Malambo Grassroots works, she was a remarkable woman and incredibly generous with all. She will be greatly missed. Thank you for all you did, Elizabeth.

Please read about Elizabeth’s life and work in this blog, Remnants of Empire, by Pamela Shurmer-Smith.

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Another student letter –from Mweemba!

A letter from Mweemba Matonga!

“Here is a the information  about my coming  into this program.
I went to school with a friend of mine Emmanuel Makoye at senior secondary school. The time I finished school I asked how he did manage to go to college to do Marketing and I was told of the program being ran in the farm about Mwabuka Zambia association and that someone needed  to work in the farm for some time and should have relatives who are workers in the farm.

When I heard that I thought of trying because I am coming from a not well-to-do family and having had problems  with completing my secondary school because of finances.when I reached at the farm,I first  met with Madam Marylee who I talked to and she tried to look for where to place me so I could work but then to no avail. After some time, when I went to check as to whether  she had found where to place me she referred me to Madam Heidi who I personally  talked to over how I loved school and that I wanted to do banking and finance and shared that I had a problem of where to get funding.

From that day she called me after two weeks and we had similar discussion including reasons  why I wanted to banking and finance.

After that, Madame Marylee  called me informing me that money was sent for my school and thats how I started school.

In the process I become the best student in one of the  subjects and graduated as the best student in my banking  and finance diploma course in Zambia.

When I finished banking and finance diploma  I asked if I could done a degree in financial services and luckily I was offered help and now am a third year second semester student of bachelor’s degree in financial services and intended to graduate next year December.

Currently  school is going on well and will be writing  exams in June. My future plans are that after am done with my bachelor’s degree in financial services next year June, I do my masters degree in 2018 possibly if graduate with a distinction as I intended and be able to do something thereafter.

My goals are that, I would want to help people  that will be in the state  I was of no financial muscle to take them to school and many more works as i have learnt a lot from you and that people you have no relationship  with helps a lot compared  to the relatives  sometimes..

This is briefly what I can say otherwise have no many words except lots of appreciation.

Well good to hear from you and I am very well.”

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An update from one of our students, Iven!

A lovely note from Iven Moonga, about his education and current work!


DATE: 05 MARCH, 2016.

Initially, I thank the almighty God our Heavenly father who lavishly nourishes, strengthens and encourages us through our hard times and has once more made it possible for me to communicate to you individually through this latter. It is my pleasure to write to you after a long period of not being in touch with each other though, it is out of my control due to some challenges I may be confronting here and there, but I still bear the blame of not having been communicating to you frequently. Nevertheless, am doing fine, believing that all is well with you, may the all mighty God be glorified.

Updating you with my academic progress as well as expressing my gratitude as the main objectives included in the latter, it is my pleasure to inform you that from the unfailing help that you have been giving me from the time I embarked on the educational program with you, am really appreciating and benefitting from it. Your reliable and consistent sponsorship has not just made it possible for me to acquire academic knowledge but it has managed to shape and carter for a wide range of my life socially, mentally and physically through interactions we make with friends in both academic and extra-curricular activities such as sports et cetera.

Just to give a brief summary of my educational background, I wrote my grade 7 at Malambu middle Basic School, (Moorings Farm Monze Zambia) in 2008 and requested to join your sponsorship for my higher education, lucky enough the following year I happened to be among the small number of people that were chosen to be sponsored for secondary level of education in 2009-2013 at Rusangu secondary School (Monze Zambia) where I did my grades 8-12 and completed with very good results. There had never been an academic term I stayed at home because of not having school fees, you sent, and I received it on time not until I was pronounced as a secondary school graduate!!! I really appreciate the consistent and convenient sponsorship you offered.

And now in my tertiary level of education with your motivating, encouraging and reliable sponsorship, as if it is not enough, you still went ahead and bought us hp laptops that are really facilitating our studying strategy by reducing unnecessary burden of continuous buying of hard-copy textbooks as well as reducing share waste of time moving from one point to another searching for information that you may not be having as it is easier to access all the data that you need from your computer for your assignments and am not ashamed to mention that am now doing my second year studying a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at one of the big and recognized Universities in Zambia, Rusangu University (RU). The duration is expected to be five years for full-time students (us that only learn during academic terms), but for those that are able to pay for both full-time and holiday tuitions, the duration is Four years or even less.

In conclusion, I cannot complain of anything concerning school nor your sponsorship as you have been so caring and responsive to our cries and concerns. What am just requesting from you is that you continue supporting us as we endeavor through this adventurous project and it is only through Gods grace that this will be possible and my prayer to God for you as everyone else under your sponsorship is that he abundantly and richly blesses you with long life so that you shall at some point see our education come to fruition and may HE also stabilize you financially than ever before.

Thank you for the time spent reading this memorandum…”

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A wonderful update from Sister Lontia at St.Vincent de Paul Community School in Monze!

The staff of St. Vincent De Paul community , these are men and women who works tirelessly to bring up the standards of the children in St. Vincent . Names standing from left: Francis, Royd, Gillian, Sr. Lontia, Maureen, Namoonga, Jameson Seated: left Matiana, Nchimunya and Casina. We worked hard many times under very challenging situations but we always desire the best for our children.

The children are reciting poems on St. Vincent Day. It is a day we remember our patron saint, St. Vincent De Paul, and it falls on the 27th of September each year. We have Mass on this day.

Our priest, Fr. Clement, during the Mass celebration, blessed the grade 7s who were preparing to write the national exams on the 13th of October to the 17th of October 2014.

New adventure starts from here. This was a poultry house and we used to keep chickens for the school project. We decided to turn one of them into a school library because we desperately needed a library where children could be spending time reading and writing.


The building is progressing steadily and all of us are anxiously waiting for it..all we need are books!

This is our school football team. They always make us proud. Go! Boys Go!

Lunch time! Children and a teacher displaying some of the many plates and pots we bought from our donation from Louie and Heidi. These women are great friends of the school.

Lunch time continues... a time of interaction and play for the children!

Marvellous school choir. Entertaining the friends and parents. We use the piano we got as a donation from Malambo Grassroots to blend our music.

Our children are slowly being introduced to computer. Many of them it is the first seeing a computer in their lives. They are eager to learn and want to go high. We have 4 computers in the school. One computer is equal to 12 pupils.

This is a grade four class. Eager to learn. All they need is a dedicated teacher to be with them. Jameson is a well able teacher.

The teacher is in class with the senior grade. Children are motivated when they see teachers who are self motivated and full of energy. The sky is the limit for the children of St. Vincent De Paul community school.

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An update from Ngoma Dolce Music Academy!

Ngoma Dolce Music Academy

Scholarship programme 2014

Ngoma Dolce, junior orchestra rehearsal

This year has been very eventful at the Academy. At the beginning of the year we were closed and trying to get ourselves ready to give lessons in the middle of a building site. As we approach December, we are almost finished building and working towards a whole week of workshops leading up to our Christmas concert on Friday 19th December. By that date we will have 8 teaching rooms in full use and our library will be ready (though not yet furnished).

In the middle of this, how has our scholarship programme fared? We have a group of 6 students who have Academy scholarships, supported by internal Academy funds. Two learn the violin, one the cello, two learn the trombone and one the trumpet. These students are making excellent progress. The 3 string players regularly join in the junior orchestra which has performed several times this year, most notably and publicly on Sunday 5th October as part of a festival ‘Promenades Musicales’ at the Alliance Francaise.

Ngoma Dolce scholarship students

The programme for students at Kamulanga High School (supported by Grassroots Malambo and Rose Charities) has continued its upward trajectory. The students come regularly on Thursday afternoons, when not having exams, and during school holidays when they participate in a programme of workshops and individual lessons. We also hosted a jazz demonstration for them with a visiting American jazz trombonist in August. In terms of regular weekly lessons, there are 7 students learning guitar, 5 piano, 1 violin, 1 cello, 1 clarinet, 2 trumpet and one trombone. They are preparing for a performance in the Christmas concert and will no doubt be in good form. Workshops in August included four visiting music students from Oxford and Cambridge universities: Alex, Anna, Max and Stephen (supported by the MUZE trust) who worked with them on singing, violin, piano, recorder and general musicianship.

The bus from Kamulunga, bringing scholarship students to Ngoma Dolce

The Kamulanga choir is doing extremely well. They get regular help from our singing teachers at the Academy, and won first prize for Lusaka Province in a Choral Competition organised by the Ministry of Education.

Past graduates of this programme are also flourishing. Oscar has continued to learn the French horn, and has (apparently almost permanently!) borrowed the Academy French horn. He participated in a concert of operatic music at the Alliance Francaise on Saturday 11th October at Alliance Francaise, under the supervision of a visiting German trumpeter, Gabor Szabo.

Plans for next year include a programme to include students from local schools such as Kamulanga Boys and Kamulanga Girls secondary schools which are both close to the Academy. The Kamulanga scheme will continue; our target for the coming year is to afford more opportunities for performing at the Academy, in a public space, and in their local community.

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