Cuala in Zambia
As many of you may know, Cuala has run a TY programme over the past few years and as part of the we have brought groups of TY students and mentors to Zambia to build houses.
Over the past few years, the groups have travelled to Nsobe game reserve for the weekend in between,
This reserve is run by a fantastic woman by the name of Fiona Tomlinson. For those of us lucky enough to have met her, she has left a lasting impression on us. She has devoted her life to the Nsobe Community School.
The school’s funding comes from the lodge and reserve income which due to the Covid19 pandemic has now stopped. This money helps to educate and feed these students and offers them hope for the future.
Nsobe Community School started in 2009 as there was no school accessible to the surrounding remote rural community. The first classes of 16 preschool children were held in Fiona’s home and garden and the school has grown a grade a year to now educate nearly 400 children from preschool to grade 11. Under the capable and loving leadership of visionary Head teacher Reagan Shipekesa, NCS employs 19 dedicated teachers who offer the children a quality education, with life skills, a daily feeding scheme and a stimulating, caring and supportive environment. With the help of kind donors and the grand efforts from friends and well wishes and especially the Cuala community they have managed to build classrooms and teacher accommodation to grow the school into the campus it is today. Nsobe school is recognised as a model school in the province; the results are consistently excellent and outshine all other community schools. They are super proud of what our teachers and students are achieving in a community where formally even finishing primary school was an unachievable dream for most. Nsobe school is a school with a difference offering hope and opportunity, a haven of fun and belonging for their children.