A Bus from Belgium!

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.

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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 b023us, 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.

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2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Makeni,

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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.image007

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!


image002Peace 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 image004supporters a very happy Christmas and rich blessings in the new year!

The 2018 newsletter is available here.






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More shoes coming from Pitsford School

Pitsford School have been collecting shoes for Makeni again!

The tweet below includes a wonderful pair of photos of the primary school children and their shoes lined up on the path outside the school, ready for collection and eventually for transportation to Lusaka.

Thanks to Julia Wilmott for sharing the tweet….

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Pitsford School donation of shoes arrives

Pitsford Junior School, Northamptonshire, has been supporting MEC for some years now under the banner of ‘Pennies for Makeni’, and the children of the junior school have been making small donations that have been steadily adding up to really useful financial contributions to the centre.

Shoes donated by Pitsford Junior SchoolI have also had the pleasure of speaking at two assemblies, where the children have been wonderfully enthusiastic, joining in with our exploration of the geography of Zambia and even a few Chinyanja phrases!

If that was not enough, the school recently decided to donate their old pairs of shoes to the centre.  Fifty pairs of shoes were collected, and with the help of Julia DSCF1666Willmott’s transportation, and shipping through Operation Sunshine in Folkestone, we were able to get the shoes to Zambia.

After a hiatus caused by the recent cholera outbreak, during which all schools in the area were closed for safety reasons, we finally were able to start giving the shoes to our own pupils in Makeni.

Mrs Wenda Dil wrote to tell us about it:

“Finally, great excitement, boxes opened, beautiful shoes of much better quality than our usual….  Some lucky children got two pairs, and some waiting for little ones to grow into them.”

Later the children of St Nicholas Orphanage wrote a thank-you letter:

“Dear children of Pitsford school,

We the children of St. Nicholas Orphanage in Lusaka Zambia would like to say a very big thank you to you and your teachers.

Thank you for the boxes of very nice shoes that you took the time and trouble to collect and post to Zambia.

It was a very big job and we are very grateful for your love and care. 

We are going to try to send you some pictures of the children trying on the shoes, and later some pictures of our school, to which you have contributed in the past.

Our grade 6 pupils are busy composing a letter which we will be sending to you soon, telling you some facts about their life in Zambia.

Till soon, our very kind regards,
From the children at St. Nicholas”

This also signals some more interaction between the schools in England and Zambia, which we hope will be fun and interesting for the students in both schools!

IMG_0787 (Medium) Children in Makeni trying on shoesHere are a few more photos of children trying on shoes.

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