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This is a community based initiative project that was established to help the need children of this village to access affordable education. We cater the orphans, the poor from the same locality and other neighboring villages . Our mantra is to see equip every girl and boy child with necessary education for tomorrow. Founded by me, Edwin in 2010 with an initial an enrollment of 5 children , the school has seen an overwhelming increase of up to 470 pupils. The school started from my house and then ultimately secured a piece of land where i developed structures. The school is located 10 kms from Livingstone Town, toward Kazungula Border. The school is located in the tribal trust lands under Chief Sekute. The area is easily accessible by Road, Air and Rail. Its a functional village where most of the village tours are done by over 100 lodges within 10km radius.
The village is not as remote as the status depicts because we have one Government School called Simoonga Combined Secondary , Simoonga police station, a clinic, Community shops and Bottle stores all within 60m radius.
As a community based initiative , the school faces many challenges in its mandate to facilitate for the children. The increase in enrollments demands more teachers, more books, more school blocks and more supplementary food for the children which the school can not sustain for now.
The school enrollment has increased from an initial 5 pupils learning under an thatched poled structures to overwhelming intake of over 200 pupils in 5 cement block class rooms. We have managed to attain this achievement through the support from the tourists that visit the school , through well-wishers and other volunteers that have engaged themselves before.
From a teacher compliment number of 1(one), the school now has 10 teachers from within the community and from the local teaching colleges who have dedicated their skill set and time to better the community. From one make shift shed, we now have been helped to build 5 class rooms, School toilets and looking forward to building more to accommodate the ever increasing demand of learning opportunities.
The school also looks at introducing computer lessons and skills to the children at this tender age to equip them to the prevalent global status.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Simonga Village, where the School is located is a functional village highly accessible by tourist. It is a cultural village with many traditional remnants transcending from generations to generations. Volunteers /Donor will have the opportunity to be indulged into the beauty of our diverse culture and tradition, visit the Victoria Falls which is equi-distant from the school and many more tourist attraction areas in Livingstone.
The school will provide day to day food and at certain points will complement their sustenance with local cuisines. However the meals are not hotel class menu but that with is decent and within the school budget. We are cognizant of different dietary requirement for different nationality hence the school will act accordingly.
1. The School needs help in the form of voluntary services:
- Teaching ( Volunteers can teach in any area of their expertise and can introduce any activity/subject which they believe will enhance the curriculum of the school)
- Participatory Projects ( the school has many development projects like building, gardening and is in the near future embarking on poultry)
- Children Capacity Building ( Sports and recreation)
The school does not require not and will never require payment from volunteers and volunteers are at liberty to act volitional and at their discretion to assist as their heart direct .
Chichewa, Chewa, Nyanja: Fluent
Thanks to the donations of our kind sponsors , we were able to construct 7 individual rooms , in order to offer them to our volunteers. The rooms are provided with a comfy bed, mosquito net , electricity and wi-fi. There is also running water for shower and a western style toilet, as well as a small shared fridge where you can store your groceries.
By virtue of this location ,Livingstone Town, the volunteer has a lot to do during their spare time, they can vist the Falls, do game drives in the local National Park, visit historical sites and museums etc.We are locate in an area with over 100 different activities that are appealing to travelers
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5- hours a day, 5 days a week
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