Girls on Top
To encourage our sponsored kids we annually offer a prize for the highest accumulated exam results over the year. Having recently received the last of the 2011 results we are very pleased to announce that the winner, by a large margin, in 2011 is a GIRL.

Girls in rural areas of Zambia face an uphill struggle when it comes to education. Many families do not consider educating a girl to be important so they are last in line when it comes to school fees and first for all the chores at home - which means no time to study.

Mercy Njobvu, who will be fourteen in July, attends Katete Boarding School. She won first place with an average score of 77% beating the two boys who tied for second place by just under 10%. Mercy has the choice of a new bike, a mobile phone with ZMK100,000 talk time or text books as a prize.

Congratulations Mercy - this really is one-up for the girls. Boys, you're going to have work hard in 2012!
In our last newsletter we asked for your help. . .
In fact we asked for rather a lot; a total of $22,000 for school infrastructure and furniture and sponsors for two disabled guys so that they could realise their dream of studying to become teachers. So what happened?

The Estelle Trust . . .
. . . came to our rescue and donated $9,000 for the science block at Mfuwe Day Secondary School - on top of the $23,000 they had already given towards the library. Thank you Estelle Trust.

We still need to raise the last few dollars before we can start building the library plus a little more for furniture. You can find out more about this project here.
. . . and Justin and Gerald realise their dreams
Gerald Njobvu is completely blind and one of just four successful applicants to win a place reserved for disabled students at Nkrumah University. We appealed for a sponsor and I'm happy to tell you that NBI Human Capital Ltd stepped forward to cover his costs for three years in further education.

Last month PL supporter Dawn Ingham visited Mfuwe and brought with her a white stick especially for Gerald. She was able to give him the stick personally and to see the freedom it gave him moved her to tears. Gerald is now able to walk alone to the shops and loves his independence.

Justin Banda, who is deaf, had already started attending a teacher training course using some Project Luangwa emergency funds. However our funds would not have lasted and, without a sponsor, Justin may have had to give up his dream. On receiving our newsletter a lady from Oregon kindly offered to support Justin at college until he completes his course in December 2014. Thank you everyone - you really have made a difference.

When we visited sponsored pupil Samuel at his home recently he showed us a light he had made so that he could do his homework in the evenings. Four old batteries sat wedged in a piece of split bamboo. Samuel grasped the attached wires with his fingers to complete the circuit to a tiny bulb hardly bigger than a Christmas tree light. The bulb glowed dully but didn't really produce enough light to read by.

Samuel's plight is typical of the many kids who live in village houses without power but have to do their homework each night. We solved Samuel's problem by supplying him with a donated solar light but now need many more for all the other kids.

You can help by donating just $20 for a solar lamp or by bringing one for us to distribute when you visit. More here . . .
Thank you . . .
. . . everyone who has sent bags full of school supplies so far this year, in particular Rebecca Rothney from Pack for a Purpose and Dawn Ingham who, between them, must have given the all the baggage handlers hernias. You can find our latest list of needs here.

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