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 South Luangwa National Park in Eastern Zambia. Prior to the establishment of Malimba School there were no schools in this area and children were having to walk up to 6km a day to attend classes; even then there were often no places available for them when they got there.



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!  

In 2009 Malimba School’s Dining Room/Kitchen was built using donations from the Make me Smile foundation. Thanks to the feeding programme at Malimba School, the children are also ensured at least one nutritious meal a day which consequently increases school attendance dramatically. The World Food Programme also donated a large, practical and economical oven designed to use less firewood so it is cost effective and more environmentally friendly.  

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 Malimba Community School children Malimba School now has two fully trained teachers, one trainee teacher and five volunteer teachers who are still hoping to gain their qualification.

To a large extent, thanks to the Malimba Community School Funds help in building classrooms, a teacher’s house and latrines, the Malimba Community School has been adopted into the education system so the government offers very basic support and assistance with the day to day running of the school.

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 offer.  The Malimba School project is run by a small committee made up of local parents wanting the best for their children. The fund has received donations in cash and kind from many generous patrons and the school would not be where it is today without this support.