In April this year we started digging the foundations for the two new 1 x 3 classroom blocks at Mfuwe Day Secondary School.
Flatdogs Camp guest, Mr Fergus Lyons had generously donated the funds for one building, with a second being funded by Mfuwe Lodge. Work progressed over the next four months and by the start of the September school term the first building was ready for the planned opening ceremony.
What a day we had! For entertainment there was the school choir and a ladies’ group from Kakumbi, who danced with great enthusiasm. SEKA, our very professional local drama group performed Kusanga, a play about the African bush. Many Ministry of Education officials from all over the Eastern Province attended and Mr Lyons and his wife, Caroline, flew in especially from the UK. And who say speeches are boring? Guest of honour Mr Andrew Phiri, the Permanent Secretary of Education from Lusaka held everyone captive with his ad-lib inspiring speech encouraging the pupils, and especially the girls, on the importance of a good education.Flatdogs Camp
provided lunch for more than 250 invited guests and school children and Mfuwe Lodge sent a magnificent cake. However there was one cloud on the horizon.
Halfway through the proceedings a wind blew up from nowhere – as it sometimes does at this time of year - and with it came a wall of dust that engulfed the guests and several hundred school children completely. For several minutes there was nothing to be seen. Then, as the dust cloud cleared, the sight of guests hanging on to the sunshade supports slowly materialised. And, as testament to the atmosphere of the day, they were all still all smiling.
The whole event was televised by ZNBC and merited a half hour slot after the evening news. To see the image diary
of the whole build or find out more have a look online.