Here are some news updates received in June from Bishop Andrew. The centre continues to concentrate its efforts on improving Makeni School, and on St Nicholas Orphanage, while remaining work on the settlement projects is continuing.
Apart from news of the new bus (see earlier postings), the main news is that the government has introduced continuous assessment procedures that affect science practical examinations. Previously there was one assessed practical exam, but now there are three for Grades 7, 9 and 12. This means higher expenses for science practical materials.
New text books have been purchased for the primary school section. There are some issues with supply of books and financing of textbooks for the secondary section.
- Gift Machaya (right) in the carpentry workshop with Mr Edson N’gandu
New school desks are being made by the carpentry workshop.
St Nicholas Orphanage
St Nicholas Orphanage is currently housing 17 children, who are generally doing well academically. Children who are not performing as well, in some cases due to having started school later than others, are being given academic support.
It is pleasing to see the success of two of our older children, Gift Machaya, who now works at the centre in the maintenance department, and Francis Mtonga, who has been on attachment at Lewanika General Hospital in Mongu, where he is doing very well. We are grateful to our supporters for sponsoring these children – the good results are plain to see.
Please see the full newsletter for more details.
On Friday 24th May, 2019, Makeni Ecumenical Centre launched their school bus! It was a very exciting day for both the pupils and the staff.
For a long time the Centre has been thinking about procuring a school bus to ease the transport problem the pupils face. They will now be able to participate in many inter-school activities in and around Lusaka, even outside Lusaka.
With the help of our partners in Belgium the dream of having a school bus has come into reality.
Mrs Dil cuts the ribbon
The bus was bought with the funds from the Busy Lizzies of Flanders who donated Euro 18,000, an amazing donation indeed. It is a good and beautiful bus bought from Japan.
The management and staff are very grateful to the Busy Lizzies and it is our prayer that God Almighty will bless the Busy Lizzies of Flanders and grant them good and long life.
You will see that the bus has already been branded. As this is going on the web, the bus will already have been in use, following school management having put some logistics in place.
The attached pictures show how excited everyone is about their newly acquired property.
Thank you very much Busy Lizzies!
Two pupils giving a vote of thanks
Teachers enjoying a ride
Pupils singing at the launch
Bishop Mukuyamba reports on the 21st of May:
We had a very good Easter. I was in Petauke Parish in the Eastern Province of Zambia. It is a district 400 kilometres east of Lusaka from Thursday to Sunday afternoon. I arrived home at 2215 hrs after starting off from there at 1500 hrs.
The bus at the centre, before branding
We have good news to share with you. The school bus for Makeni Centre has finally arrived at Makeni. The purchase of this beautiful bus has been made possible by a donation of 18,000 Euro from the Busy Lizzies group of Belgium. We are very grateful to our partners in Belgium who consistently donate funds to help our operations, especially to support the vulnerable children of our community. The coming of the bus will help in improving the standard of the Centre and school in particular. In their last visit to Makeni Centre, Mr. Tournicourt, Ms Klaaus, and An Hofkens promised to raise funds for the bus, and they have done it! We really salute them for this great effort.
We have now completed all the work of registration, licensing and branding the bus. We have written on both sides of the bus and we will be having a test drive on Friday at 1500 hours. We will ask a few pupils and teachers to have a ride on it. We have engaged a driver who has the right Driving Licence and the vehicle is insured comprehensively, since it will be ferrying a big number of people.
We have put the words “donated by Busy Lizzies, Flanders” and the flag as you suggested.
After adding the Makeni Ecumenical Centre name, and ‘donated by Busy Lizzies, Flanders’
Once again thank you for making our work of running the school easier! The new bus will be a great bonus to the Centre.
Dear Friends of Makeni,
Here is an update from MEC on activities in the last year. We hear about the children at St Nicholas Child Care Facility, some of whom are preparing for their end of year of exams.
In July there was a youth conference held in Mwembeshi, including some children from St Nicholas.
A confirmation service at The Church of the Good Shepherd Makeni saw children from St Nicholas confirmed: Pexilida Hanyimba, Basil Tembo, Anna Tembo and Bupe Bwalya.
The Girls’ Brigade took part in a competition that included Bible quizzes, poems and handicrafts, as well as more physical contests such as relay races. The Church of the Good Shepherd won a first prize trophy!
Peace Club held an event at the centre in October attended by 520 pupils and teachers from around Lusaka.
Rains arrived, though the farmers await a good downpour to soften their fields. The children at the centre have also been keeping a vegetable patch.
The staff and children at the centre wish all of our supporters a very happy Christmas and rich blessings in the new year!
The 2018 newsletter is available here.