2015 4th quarter news

Dear Friends,

Here is another news update, the 2015 4th Quarter Newsletter.

image003First, our congratulations to chairman of MEC, Fr Andrew Mukuyamba, on his consecration as Bishop of the Continuing Anglican Communion in Zambia on 25th October, 2015 in a ceremony held at Makeni Ecumenical Centre.  Fr Mukuyamba was commended by Bishop Michael Gill, who challenged him to focus on doing greater things for the church in Zambia in his new role.

image004Sadly, it was also a year in which we lost a long-standing voluntary supporter and board member, General Brian Hakamangwe, who had served for over 10  years as one of the directors of Makeni Centre, contributing a great deal to procedures within the centre. Gen. Hakamangwe’s funeral was held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Lusaka, on 4th December 2015.

The staff of the centre pass on their condolences to Gen. Hakamangwe’s family.

It has certainly been a significant year in the life of the centre, as a complete reappraisal of the centre’s future was undertaken with the help of advisors from Holland, and in particular with advice from consultant, Dr Martijn Bazen. It has become clear that changes need to made to ensure the future of the centre, particularly in these hard financial times, and taking into account the huge growth of the city of Lusaka. A three-year plan was drawn up to improve the centre’s efficiency and sustainability. Unfortunately this means that many projects will have to end, while the centre focuses its efforts where it can have the most impact.

image006We continue to make efforts to help the local community, an example being a three-day workshop on early marriage and teenage pregnancy, funded by NGOCC. The centre was commended for the success of this event by the area councillor, Mr. Jiptus Mwanza, and encouraged to hold similar events in future.


image008Another success was that three of our young men, David, Patrick and Gift, all completed the entrepreneurship part of their auto mechanics studies, which is being sponsored by the Friends of Makeni in Holland.

They all attended a colourful graduation ceremony to celebrate this milestone, whilst they continue to look ahead to completing their studies in June 2016.  This newsletter we also hear from David Mtonga in person, about his experience on this course.

image007Finally, we are delighted that the blankets, baby-suits and hats created by the ladies Knit and Natter group from Hackleton, Northamptonshire (UK), with help from Hackleton Primary School children, arrived safely in Lusaka in October 2015.  We could not have managed this without the assistance of Folkestone charity ‘Operation Sunshine’ in transporting theses gifts, for which we are very grateful indeed.  The items were received by Mrs Wenda Dil, and are being distributed to children in the orphanage, as well as other needy children.

For more on these stories, please see the newsletter.

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2015 3rd Quarter News

Dear Friends,

As I am posting this from Zambia I will be brief and just pass on the latest newsletter, below!


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Dear Friends,

It’s late, but we’re pleased to pass on to you the 2014 Annual Report.

In addition to the usual updates on all the projects managed by the centre, we have some photos of beneficiaries of support you may not have seen before, included below.

Best wishes to all…

The late Mary Kupe receiving mealie Meal as part of support from Pearl Foundation

The late Mary Kupe receiving mealie Meal as part of support from Pearl Foundation

Anna Chilufya in Class at Hotel & Tourism Training Institute

Anna Chilufya in Class at Hotel & Tourism Training Institute

Mainza Chinjila is doing Pre-School Teacher Training during her attachment

Mainza Chinjila is doing Pre-School Teacher Training during her attachment

Joe Handeta doing his Grade 11 at Twiget School

Joe Handeta doing his Grade 11 at Twiget School

Evans Banda does his Food Production at Bauleni Street Kids

Evans Banda does his Food Production at Bauleni Street Kids

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2015 2nd Quarter News

Dear Friends,

Here is another update of news from Makeni Centre. The full 2nd quarter 2015 newsletter can be read here.

image002Good progress is being made in completing the school laboratories now required of us by the Ministry of Education.

This has been made possible with the financial help of the Friends of Makeni, Netherlands.  Some fundraising is also taking place through parents and pupils of the school. There is further money yet to be raised, and MEC is still seeking further assistance with this. In addition, the labs will need equipment when completed.

image003Our settlement villages are now becoming almost full, and while development continues, and farmers show increasing levels of financial independence, roads to the communities remain problematic. Most of the roads are dirt, and not well maintained, leading to high transport costs and delays in getting goods to market or obtaining essential supplies.

Not only do the settlement villages serve to help establish prosperous farming communities, but MEC also is involved in education, health services, and advocacy in the areas in which it operates. A case in point is advocacy against child marriage.

image006It is important in these matters to have the support of local leaders, and Chief Chamuka in Mwomboshi has been supporting this message. It is reported that these efforts are having a real impact.

Back in Lusaka, St Nicholas Orphanage Village continues to support children into adulthood. We have reports of visits by Barclays Bank and Radio Phoenix, and donations in kind from both. In addition, we have a report from Gift Machaya, who is being supported in his studies of automotive maintenance.


image005Both Barclays Bank and Radio Phoenix have been supporting the children for many years now.

We always appreciate visitors who help to instill in our children a sense of purpose and self motivation, so it was really good to also have a group of women from the Roads Development Agency visit, and help deliver the message that senior jobs are not only for men!

image007Finally, we have had support from an organisation called IT Without Borders, headed by Chrys Thorsen, who delivered ICT training at the centre in June. We aim to keep our staff IT literate, and to prepare our children and students for an increasingly digital world, so this kind of assistance is greatly appreciated.

There is more on these stories in the full newsletter!

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