What were you doing on January 21st 2011? Struggling to work on a snowy morning? Getting ready for a relaxing weekend? Emma Watson was running over 42 kilometers in a Middle Eastern desert. Well - not actually a desert but almost. Emma, who had been training for months, completed the Dubai Marathon, which is run around the city streets, and raised at least $2300 for Project Luangwa.
Not wanting to be left out, her children, Gregory, Meghan and Elspeth ran the 3km race with their dad, Gavin.
Emma tells me that not all the money is in yet but says that she would like us to buy text books for Nsefu School with her hard earned cash. Since the Zambian Education Board asked Nsefu school to start teaching Grades 8 and 9 the teachers have been struggling with just one text book in each subject. That's one for the teacher - the children must make do with copying from the blackboard.
For each subject the Headmaster has requested just one textbook for every three pupils plus a teacher's guide. Now, with Emma's help will be able to buy about 330 Zambian text books. Thank you Emma.
There have been other donations for textbooks too. Howard and Sue Natrass, Pam Owens, Peter Lemon and Laura Elliott between them have donated $662. Lesley Courteney-O'Connor, a Science teacher in Australia, recently donated enough funds to buy Kawaza Basic School Science books for Grades 1 to 9. On hearing about Nsefu she has promised a donation to cover their science text books too. Thanks to all these generous people we were able to order most of the books needed and have already received a delivery. Thank you everyone. Our next traget is a full set for the new Grade 5 at Katapila and a set for the new Grade 8 at Kakumbi Basic School. More about this here.