The Lifespring Foundation (Africa)

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The Lifespring Foundation (Africa)

UK Registered Charity 1112363

UK Base: The Old Rectory, Singleton, West Sussex PO18 0HF

Following our extensive surveys of the needs of the local community in Ndola, LSFA were compelled to do something about the lack of education opportunities for the many oprhaned children who had no hope of being able to have a place at school. Living with elderly or sick relatives with little food or clothing there was no chance that these children would be able to find the fee necessary for a place at any of the Zambian schools as there are no state subsidised places.

 

In September 2006 we converted  a couple of little houses and we opened a small primary school for 40 orphaned children in Kaloko, a poverty stricken compound outside Ndola, Zambia. As a result of the generous donation of second hand school uniform from Westbourne House, Chichester in the UK we were able to provide the children with uniform and the school became known as "Little Westbourne". Suddenly these children were given a new identity and real hope for their future as they began the journey of learning to read and write. From their difficult circumstances and struggles with both bereavement and extreme deprivation they have found the joy that reading can bring and the new world of opportunity that this might open up for them in the future so that they might one day rise out of their situations and be self-supporting. For these children school is a gift & something that they are more than proud to be part of.  Now these children have regular meals, clothes for home time and school time & the nurturing pastoral support to aid their learning.

 

In recognition of our little school's impact on the local community the authorities donated land to LSFA in order to build a bigger school that could potentially accommodate several hundred children. We have built this school with funds generously donated by a huge number of kind sponsors and we are particularly grateful for the support of The Genesis Foundation. We have been entirely reliant on the support of volunteers, especially David Kuchanny & Matt Wood who have given their time and energies to manage, oversee & get their hands dirty to make this possible. The school building was completed in 2009 and on September 10th 2010 we held an Open Day & Dedication Ceremony.

 

As you can imagine building anything in Africa revealed considerable challenges to overcome. We are so pleased that we at last managed to get a good supply of both electricity and water to the site after many unsuccessful attempts to do so.

 

Now began the task of ensuring that we have the resources to continue to develop this school with teaching staff, resources and funds. We have been pleased to welcome volunteer teaching staff from overseas. We are also grateful to the child sponsors whose generosity has ensured that we are able to maintain places for those children that most need support.

 

Now in partnership with WIPHAN www.wiphan.org who have a proven track record of providing schools care and empowerment support to widows and orphans in Ndola, Zambia we are confident that the future looks bright for our school.

 

 

The Lifespring Foundation (Africa)

UK Registered Charity 1112363

UK Base: The Old Rectory, Singleton,

West Sussex PO18 0HF