Every so often something or someone special comes into your life and in February this happened with the appearence of a boy who touched our hearts with his determination against all the odds.

A Remarkable Story
A couple of weeks ago there was a knock at the office door and yet another request for sponsorship. I wasn't surprised as we had received over 500 applications since November. However our closing date had long since passed and I heard my husband David telling the boy that it was too late to find a sponsor for 2011.

"I'm sorry Richard," he was saying, "but you've had a wasted journey".

Something - probably my nosiness - made me go to the door. There was a look of utter dejection on the boy's face and I asked to see his exam results. What I saw surprised me. They were not just good, they were very good.

Over the next few days, through a turmoil of emotion, I learnt of Richard's remarkable story of determination in the face of great sadness and almost overwhelming adversity.

His mother had died on his 13th birthday and ever since he had lived alone, finding what work he could to buy food and school books. Now, for the second time in his life he had no home, no relatives to help and no money for the thing he craved most . . . an education.

You can read Richard's inspiring story on our website.
Successful Delivery
In our February news we reported several generous donations (thank you once again) towards buying much needed text books for Kawaza and Nsefu Basic Schools.

Having received the delivery of several heavy cardboard boxes from the suppliers we have been able to deliver almost all Nsefu School's needs for Grade 8 and 9 pupils and a whole set of Integrated Science text books for every grade at Kawaza Basic School. We expect the rest of the books to arrive hot off the press in the next few weeks.

Next on our shopping list are sets of text books in all 8 subjects for Grade 4 at Katapila Community School and Grade 8 at Kakumbi Basic School. The two schools introduced these new grades at the start of 2011 but without the funds to buy books the teachers will struggle to teach with just one text book per class.

First ever uniforms for Katapila Kids
For many of the kids sponsored through our Christmas campaign receiving their sponsorship goodies was not just their first experience of school uniform but also their first experience of their very own new clothes.

It was an exciting day for the children in Grade 4 at Katapila Community School when the Project Luangwa Land Rover arrived with shirts, skirts, trousers and ties made by the local tailor. Of course everything had to be tried on straight away but everyone was well behaved and sat quietly waiting for their turn. The day was extra special as these uniforms were the first at Katapila and the Head teacher commented that they helped the children and the school develop a sense of identity.

Due to the fantastic response of our supporters we were able to sponsor every child in Grade 4 and twenty proud children posed for photos in their smart blue shirts and navy blue skirts or trousers.
Donate whilst you shop
For our UK based supporters - you now have the option to donate to Project Luangwa whilst you shop online at all of your favourite stores. And whats more, the donation does not come out of your own pocket.

Easyfundraising.org provides a FREE fundraising service where you can raise funds for Project Luangwa when you shop online.

Choose from over 2000 of the UK's best-known retailers including many popular names such as Amazon, M&S, Argos, John Lewis and HMV, and when you shop using the links on our site up to 15% from every purchase you make is donated to the cause you choose to nominate.

It doesn't cost a penny extra to shop and raise funds for our cause using their site, and as many retailers now give extra discounts when you buy online, you can even save money!

Just click here to see further details and register as a user. Hurry to enjoy some of this months special savings - you can save up to 25% off at Debenhams during March.

See our website to find out about the other ways that you can donate.

Goodbye and see you all next month.

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If you shop online you can support PL by going through www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/projectluangwa

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