In 2005 the Scotch Family, led by the students of the day and in collaboration with World Vision, raised $170,000, which helped to provide the necessary infrastructure to enable hundreds of students at the Kapumfi School in Zambia to benefit from a meaningful education. The tangible outcomes were the rehabilitation or installation of seven classrooms, including a laboratory and library, two staff houses, six double latrine toilets, a 5,000 litre water tank and a solar powered water pump.
The more subtle consequences of this support are immeasurable. Lives have been changed, hope restored.
Presently Kapumfi operates up to Year 9. Students wishing to pursue an education beyond this level have few viable options. Approximately one-third move to Chitulika High School in Mpika, the nearest regional hub, but conditions there are not satisfactory.
Chitulika currently has some standard classrooms, dormitories, toilets and a partially completed administration block. However, in order to offer a balanced curriculum the school requires science laboratories, a school hall, a design and technology workshop, home economics facilities, workable computers for information technology, and a library. There is also an inadequate water supply, with only one tap servicing the entire school; a bore must be sunk.
Additional toilets and classrooms are also required to cater for the rapidly growing population. A shortage of decent accommodation for teachers is yet another major issue.
World Vision has recently established a new area development project in Mpika and Scotch has initially committed to raising $82,000, which will fund the science facilities at Chitulika. Having seen the Kapumfi project through to completion and the difference it has made, we are again compelled to act with the empathy and generosity that made it possible. We hope that the collective imagination of the Scotch Family will be sparked once more, so that the children of Chitulika can receive the education they deserve.
Please complete the tax deductible donation form overleaf and return it to the Scotch College Development Office (cheques payable to The Scotch College Charitable Fund) or visit www.scotch.vic.edu.au to make an online credit card donation.
I Tom Batty
Director of Social Services
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