Our vision is of an Africa where children have access to education, opportunity, and choice.
In January we were delighted to receive support from a foundation to build a girls washroom and deliver training for the girls at Akanyo primary school.
This project will have a direct impact on the girls at this rural school as they will be able to manage their menstruation with dignity, and will be able to increase their attendance at school.
We are pleased to report that this project is running to schedule. The construction of the girls' washroom is due to be completed this week. The only jobs now remaining are to plaster the walls and cement the floor.
The workshop is due to be delivered to the girls of Akanyo Primary School on the 30th March 2012, in time for the opening of their new washroom.
We have already placed our order with Afripads for the re-usable sanitary products; these will be distributed to the girls as part of their workshop.
African Revival is no stranger to Kasizi Basic School. Back in 2010, we built 2 staff houses in the school grounds and these have since helped to attract new and better teachers to the school as well as increasing the retention of existing staff who now have adequate and comfortable on-site accommodation.
The old classroom block
The new Block
Following the enormous success of the 2011 Zambia Bike Ride Challenge, African Revival has been able to fund more work at Kasizi - namely the completion of a triple classroom block and the renovation of another double block. The double block in particular was in a shocking state of disrepair and had to be almost completely demolished and rebuilt. The completion of these 5 classrooms and 2 offices means that there are now 8 classrooms at the school, which is almost enough for the schools 9 year groups.
African Revival is delighted that Steve Blunt chose to support African Revival as part of his incredible journey in the London to Cape Town Car Rally. Not only has Steve shown us amazing personal support, but his generosity sparked interest in our work from the Rally as a whole.
Steve and the rally have already raised over £12,000 for our work with primary school children in sub Saharan Africa. We would like to congratulate Steve on his win, and thank all of those who have donated. Thanks to this support we can transform the lives of thousands of children in remote parts of Zambia, Northern Uganda and South Sudan.
Steve and his co-driver Bob Duck stormed to victory in the rally. The pair left London's Parliament Square on January 1 and enjoyed a champagne finish in Cape Town on January 29, after completing 10,000 miles through 14 countries.
Steve said: "The event was a fantastic experience, visiting some amazing places yet being one of the most arduous marathon motorsport events ever devised since the 1960s."
"It was a privilege just to take part in such an historic event. The fact that we won it is still sinking in."
Steve and Bob drove a Subaru Impreza 2.0 standard saloon - bought from ebay for just over £3,000 - one of the cheapest in the race.
From the UK, the teams were taken across Europe before taking a ferry from Greece to North Africa. They then drove through Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Drivers then crossed Namibia into South Africa and finished in Cape Town on January 29.
African Revival is delighted to announce that one of the schools with which we are currently working and which was visited by the Zambia Bike Ride Challenge participants in May 2011 - Lubombo Community School - has recently been accorded the status of "Basic" school by the Kalomo District Education Board!
This is excellent news as it means that the facilities at the school are of a good enough standard to come under the auspices of the Ministry of Education. This change in status will have a number of positive outcomes for Lubombo School:
- It can register as an exam centre, meaning its pupils will no longer have to travel to another school to sit national examinations;
- The Government is obligated to post trained teachers to the school (provided sufficient accommodation is available)
- It may apply for modest funding from the Ministry of Education to carry out further development of school facilities and structures
Right now, African Revival is using money raised by the Zambia Bike Ride Challenge 2011 to construct a twin staff house behind the school (below left). When complete, this will provide much-needed accommodation for 2 teachers and their families.