At Talana Trading all products we purchase enable our supplier to put back into the local community by the establishment of a fund to help the local pre school of Malimba. By purchasing our products you to are making a difference, please read below to learn a bit more about what the fund actually does.
Malimba is a rural village within the
Mfuwe area on the edge of
In mid 2001 the community decided to start a school and with no outside assistance or funds they built a mud and thatch classroom and the school was opened! For many children this was the first time they had the opportunity to attend classes and learn their ‘A,B,Cs’. The teachers were dedicated volunteers but not formally qualified at that stage.
Very soon they outgrew their small 'classroom' as nearly 100 children would regularly attend these basic lessons! The children had no desks, chairs, pens or paper; they sat on bricks and took turns writing with chalk on a homemade blackboard.
The community soon realised they needed help to make their dream of an education for their children a reality
The community made over 20,000 mud bricks by hand, and with the limited funds available timber, basic roofing material and cement were purchased and transported to the village; a local builder hired and soon a large class-room was constructed, and desks and chairs for 45 pupils were purchased.
The school was again quickly oversubscribed and classes were run throughout the day with grades 1-3 in the morning and 4-5 in the afternoon with three volunteer teachers.
The next big project was to provide water for the school and neighbouring villages. This was completed in 2004 and the water-well with hand-pump was generously donated and installed by Rural Water Supply Project. Without this vital input no further progress on the development of the school would have been possible. The main project in 2005 was to build a teachers’ house which was completed to deadline!
It is also the Fund’s aim to support the
volunteer teachers in their quest to gain a formal teaching qualification and
return to the area to continue the education of the
To a large extent, thanks to the Malimba
Community School Funds help in building classrooms, a teacher’s house and
This frees up community funds to concentrate on other essential areas such as:
· Sponsoring trainee teachers’ through collage
· Providing supplementary teaching aids
· Helping maintain & improve school facilities
· Helping sponsor extracurricular activities such as sport, art & literature
· Sourcing books, pens, paper and other essential school materials.
The first step for offering a better life for the next generation is the opportunity of a good education. The Malimba community rely mostly on subsistence farming and many families simply do not have the resources to formally educate their children. The voluntary efforts of Malimba residents together with assistance from their supporters is helping to give children access to that vital first step.
The school now has over 160 pupils all
eager to learn. The children range in ages from as young as 5 up to 17 years of
age. As many as 38% of these children are orphans and have no chance for a
better future without the start in life that Malimba Community School can