Term 2 2016
August 2016

We have had another fun term at Tujatane with lots to keep us busy. We hope you enjoy reading our news and thank you all for your continued support of our children.

Our preschool classroom is going up!
William and Angie Hoyt so generously pledged to donate half the funds needed for our Pre-School Appeal if we could raise the other half. We are excited to tell you that, thanks to everyone stepping up so incredibly, we have raised all the money needed!

At this very moment there is a local contractor and a team of local Zambian builders busy creating the classroom plus adjoining guidance and counselling room in preparation for our January intake of new preschool children. Our youngest children will soon be able to receive a proper full-time pre-school education, in a fully-equipped classroom and with a dedicated specialist pre-school teacher.

THANK YOU to everyone who has helped to make this possible. We have been so touched by the generosity and ongoing commitment of our supporters and feel very lucky to have such wonderful donors.

More water for Tujatane!
We recently became the proud owners of a new borehole and solar pump, and having access to our own clean and healthy water has changed everybody’s lives. But with the constant growth of the school we needed more water to cater for the 270+ children, as well as the staff houses. Luckily, with the generosity of Alexandra, one of our dedicated sponsors from the UK, we have managed to extend our water tank stand to cater for a second 5,000 litre tank. This doubles our water storage!
We employed Frances, a welder from the local area, to do the job. He has this to say about it:

“My Name is Francis Nota and am 48 years of age. Am married with two children all girls. We started working on the tank stand on the 2nd July to 3rd July and it only took us 2 days to have it put together. I had 6 people helping with the tank stand. When putting up the tank, we had a bit of some challenges, some welding rods had finished and we sent someone to get from town. Would like to thank you for the job you had given us to do and we guarantee that the stand is strong."

It is great to know we have extra water stored to cater for our additional needs, and hopefully to cover the times when the sun is not shining (luckily for us this does not happen too often in Zambia!).”

Sewing for the children at Tujatane
Having begun our sewing project with some of our parents coming in the afternoons a few days a week, we have recently decided to open up the sewing to our pupils. Namukolo started our very first pupils sewing group and she is already impressed with the pupils’ ability and interest:

Teacher Namokolo says:
“Sewing is something that people tend to look down on as a career but the truth of the matter is that it has some awesome advantages. The sewing club has had a very interesting term so far. All our machines have been checked and any issues fixed so they are all working properly. The pupils and women have had the opportunity to make beautiful bags, skirts, ribbons and shirts. We still have more and more plans for projects before the end of term.”

Chilala (in Grade 9), says:
“Being a sewing club member has given me a chance to express my talent. Being at school does not mean you have to learn only but it also gives the pupils a chance to practice and show off their talents. I have learnt that through sewing you can start a business and make your life better. Ambitions change as our circumstances change so my ambition has changed from being a doctor to being a fashion designer. If all goes well I may become both a doctor and a fashion designer. Thanks to my teacher Namukolo for making my life better and empowering me with this beautiful skill."

Vanessa S (Grade 6) says:
"Sewing is good because it helps one to develop their talent, earn an income from it, create new designs, it helps to learn new things, you can also improve in mathematics as it has calculations.”
Photos: Pupils Club and Teacher Namukolo

Junior Reporters Club

Teacher Erick has begun our first ever pupils’ news by starting up a Junior Reporters Club.
Erick says: Pupils are excited about this club and I even receive messages from them informing me about what happens in Simonga and here at Tongabezi when I am home. I am happy for them indeed.”

A link to the pupils' news can be found here.

Below are extracts of two articles taken straight from the pupils' news:

By Maxwell, Likezo and Tryness
Letting the students out of the school premise during break and lunch is destroying the school’s image. The pupils, who go out to buy wrapped food leave litter behind after they have eaten the food and these unnecessary plastics litter the school premise. A positive step should be taken to lessen littering the school premise especially as the school is visited by a lot of people from different parts of the world including senior officials in the government of Zambia.

Furthermore, pupils are concerned about irregularities in water distribution to the various sections of the school. A good number of pupils said that water should be distributed to the school regularly so that toilets can remain clean all the time. They also said that they do not find time to water the grass that beautifies the school as water is sometimes a problem. On the same matter of water crisis, Tryness and Likezo had a brief discussion with Bydon who told them that sometimes water would be diverted to the lodge and hence the shortage at the school. However, a positive step was under way and soon water shortage would be a thing of the past.

By Maxwell (Grade 9)
We, as the secondary school pupils, wish to congratulate our teachers for the great efforts of cooperation they have. We have seen them in so many instances such as when one is sick or faced with problems. They would cover their fellow teacher’s period and learning would continue without fail. Keep up with this great job all teachers of Tujatane.

Rudy's 10th year at Tongabezi

Monsieur Rudy Boribon, General Manager of Tongabezi Lodge, has accomplished 10 years of dedicated service to Tongabezi Lodge this year. In that time Rudy has also contributed time and energy to the growth of Tongabezi Trust School. He has been a dedicated supporter of the school, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.
The school got together with Tongabezi Lodge to celebrate Rudy’s service to both the lodge and the school. There was a series of gifts, dances, songs, and speeches, and the pupils and staff all got involved.
Rudy is currently Chairperson of the Tongabezi Trust School Board of Management and we believe that he will continue to lead and guide the school to greater heights in his position as Board Chairperson.

My Education Verses My Source of Life

Contrast: My Education Verses My Source of Life

By Evans (Deputy Head)
Bonewell Muyoya joined our school this year. He is a typical student, although quiet to the level of physical absence, and with a lot to tell in his silent way.

Bonewell started school at 10 years old, much later than most of his peers. He explains that his father could not allow him or his older sister to go to school before as he could not risk losing them! At the time, their home was troubled by elephants that sometimes attacked human beings in their quest for survival. This close human-wildlife contact often occurs in Zambia.

Today, Bonewell has well integrated himself in school. He is an aspiring member of the Conservation Club, and like others, wishes to help with the reforestation and afforestation projects in school. Tujatane does its best to encourage children to offer a hand in preserving our universe in the face of rapid deforestation and the resulting climate change.

At home however, his father raises the marginal resources needed to feed his family and send his children to school by buying and selling charcoal. His father, like many other men in the village, has to buy charcoal that he transports on a bicycle from a distance of over 30km to sell in Livingstone town another 25km away.

The packaging is risky and so is the path. It goes through the park where elephants can kill and the forest officials can confiscate the charcoal. Findings are that if the trade is to be legal- following all forest regulations and fees- the profit margin per bag on average would only be K2 (19 cents) per bag, of the 3 bags a bicycle can accommodate.
Bonewell knows about all this and wonders whether the school and text books are right to educate towards an end to deforestation. The long term benefits of preserving the forests are dwarfed by the far more pressing need for clothes and food.

Despite the situation, Bonewell still has to come back to school to learn about the evils of deforestation and at the same time, survive on a meagre income from deforestation. His father has to continue cutting down trees to make charcoal to earn a living and support his family.

Today, as I write the article, Bonewell’s father is not well. Despite his trade, he has not made enough money, and medical costs will leave the family with nothing, if there is not already nothing. Bonewell could leave school to take over the father’s trade and respond to the needs of his family – his father, mother and four siblings. Alternatively, the father and mother’s quest to see their son become a doctor may be real one day.

Bonewell’s situation is only the tip of the iceberg of an existing poverty-environment nexus. As for our part as a school, we will continue to not only provide an education to him but also provide him with valuable guidance and counselling to ensure sound mental health despite the situation that surrounds him and his family.
UK Trustee visits us
Here at Tujatane we are so lucky that our Trustees play such an active role in the fundraising and guidance of the school, often visiting us and always there to advise and assist where needed. We recently hosted one of these fantastic Trustees, Julie Fewtrell, for a busy week of hard work and a lot of fun.

Due to the key role that our Trustees play in the school's development it is essential that they all have a strong understanding of the culture of the school, and indeed Zambia, and in turn that the staff are aware of the role of Trustees. Julie's visit partly focused on this and was a huge success in strengthening relationships and understanding within the school's wider family.

Julie felt a great sense of excitement from the staff about all the developments that our donors have helped to create over the past year, particularly our incredible new sports facilities, expanded art teaching, the introduction of solar power, increased ICT availability and teaching for staff as well as children, and the specialised training that we are focusing on for our staff's development.

Our 2016 Christmas Card is on sale now!
Zambezi Christmas Elephant designed by Emmanuel (11yrs)

10 Cards = £6 including postage
Postage is being donated by Kay Price and printing donated by Northend Printers so the children receive 100% of the sales!

To purchase, or for more information email
vanessa@tongabezi.com or jessopprice@hotmail.co.uk

Does your company match donations?
Many do and employees are unaware of it. For any current donors please ask your HR department and you may be able to double your donation, at no extra cost to yourself!

For GBP Donations

Please email emma@tujatane.com or download our UK donations form

UK Charity Status - "The Charitable Trust for The Tongabezi Trust School"
Registration number 1096710
Email. jessopprice@hotmail.co.uk

USA Donors can claim their tax deductions by donating through CAF America. Click Here

Newsletters will be put on our school website under updates and details on making a donation are also on www.tongabezitrustschool.com

Comments/feedback welcomed

The Tongabezi Trust School
PO Box 60113, Livingstone, Zambia
email: vanessa@tongabezi.com

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