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Latest newsletter

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Dear Friends,

This is just to let you know that the latest newsletter, for the third quarter for 2010, is now on the website.

The editorial team of Fr Mukuyamba, Joe Silwenga, Chizuma Phiri, Ireen Chinyama, Bringnas Saviye and Mulimba Mponda have put together a very informative collection of items with stories including:

  • Kloosterkerk investment in rural water projects
  • Makeni receives a minibus from the Friends of Makeni
  • African AIDS Angels lifting vulnerable rural people from Poverty
  • Hon. Lameck Mangani Graces 39th Graduation Ceremony
  • Face to face with the pupils: the Bertha experience
  • Wedding of the year!
We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a productive new year!

Broadband arrives...

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Dear All

Just a note to let you know that broadband has finally arrived at MEC! It's been a long time coming and is not cheap, but when one counts all the failed attempts to connect by dial-up, sometimes running into a dozen or more, each charged, then it doesn't look quite so bad anymore.

E-mail addresses at the centre have changed. You can reach Fr Mukuyamba and Mr Silwenga via the email addresses advertised on this website's contact page at, or write to the postmaster @ if that isn't working out.

We now need to see that we make the best use of our internet connection. There's lots to do! I am sure that assistance will be needed to make sure that all our computers have their security nailed down, and to help the staff make best use of the resources that will now be at their disposal.

2009 Annual Report

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This is just to let you know that the 2009 Annual Report is available - we are slowly but surely catching up on our reporting schedule!

2009 was another eventful year, which included a visit from First Lady, Madam Thandiwe Banda for the annual graduation ceremony and also the opening of the new secondary school building by Dutch ambassador Mr Harry Molenaar.

In addition to the usual reports from each department on progress in the year, there is a foreword from the Chairman, Fr Andrew Mukuyamba and we also hear how Bertha Kabwe is getting on at Solwezi College of Education on her primary teaching course.

Happy reading!
MEC 2009 Annual Report.pdf

Flooded again...

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You never know what kind of rains a year will bring - some years you can't get enough, others you get too much. This is one of those years when the rain has just continued to fall in great quantities.

Once again, I hear, Makeni is being flooded. The drainage ditches along the roads have been poorly maintained.  Of course, much of Lusaka along Kafue Road used to be a place where ducks and deer were in abundance, and floods are nothing new to the city.

The general clinic, the ARV clinic, and the toilets for both the school and the clinics were flooded impassably for two days, which finally seems to have prompted the council to clear the ditch in front of MEC.

Thumbnail image for makeni-flood.jpgThey put a large earth mover to work on the entrance to the centre. Unfortunately, in the process, they also removed the tarmac road at that point and the part of the road that went over the ditch. Cars could not get in or out for a full day, until Fr Mukuyamba and other staff exhibited that can-do attitude that is born of necessity, and built a new makeshift bridge over the ditch. It did get some water flowing though.

MECHistory112.jpgThe 'dambo' as we call it - the acre or so we have always kept undeveloped - has flooded properly and is full of ducks and other unidentified visitors.

Apparently some children from the orphanage even took to the lake in a water storage drum for a while.

I have no current photos, but here are some from the floods in 1978, which give you a good idea of the scene on the ground. 1989 were the next big rains, and there was widespread flooding in Zambia (and all the way down the Zambezi) in 2000.

Here also is an aerial photo from the same period showing the kind of flooding that is affecting the whole area once again.


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