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Monday, 19 Nov 2018

Introducing Nyamphande

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Nyamphande Community School is located in rural Zambia, 125 kilometers east of Lusaka. It began in 1996, with fifteen students under a Musamba tree at the current site. Three of the original students were our first graduates in November 2007. All three intend to further their studies, one in Medicine and the others in Accounting.

Bishop John Mambo started the school as a result of the crisis in the area, where there was no school and clinic. Many kids remain orphans as a result of HIV/ AIDS. We moved in the spirit of the word of God according to the book of Acts. True religion is to look after orphans and widows.
Chief Mpanshya provided the land on which to build a school. During the intervening years, our school has grown to include nearly 800 students. Approximately 700 attend grades 1 – 8 at our original location while the others, in grades 9 – 12, attend schools throughout the district. All their expenses including school fees, text books, lodging, food, clothes and transport are met out of the funds Nyamphande receives from its donors and supporters.
Also in response to the devastation of the HIV/AIDS pandemic Bishop Mambo established an orphanage at the school site in 1996. It shelters and nurtures approximately 10% of our children who are either doubling orphaned or otherwise extremely vulnerable. Their meals, three a day per resident and at least one meal for the day students, are prepared in the school kitchen. The dining area accommodates 250 people and also serves as a study hall for resident students and a place for community members to meet and discuss issues of mutual concern.
Despite the relatively large number of students, Nyamphande has only six classrooms. There are fourteen dedicated volunteer teachers who must rotate turns in each classroom during the school day, commencing at 6:30 in the morning. This ensures that every child who comes to school is taught as well as possible despite the shortage of dedicated classrooms and the general lack of textbooks and classroom supplies.

Nyamphande has a small medical clinic originally intended for the care of students. In recent years, local villagers have also availed themselves of services provided by visiting medical professionals active in the prevention and/or treatment of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. In addition, we operate two home based care centres to serve our community.
Since 2007, we have had an aggressive agriculture programme under the skilled management of a VSO volunteer agriculturalist. We intend to develop the farming skills of our students and members of our community to ensure future food security whilst providing food for the school kitchen. We are particularly concerned about the nutrition of our people who are living with HIV/AIDS and/or TB. Eventually, it will be our plan to produce foods in excess of our needs so as to have a strong income generating capacity to support the operation of our community school.

During strategic planning for the years 2008-2010 we were guided by Zambia’s efforts to achieve the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. Within that context, and bearing in mind the importance of educating the girl child, we concluded that there is an urgent need for Nyamphande to construct a high school as soon as funds are available. It should contain Science, Home Economics and Library rooms in addition to an administration office. Being at the current site, it will give us an advantage in encouraging local girls to stay in high school, given that the school is close to their homes. This will support Nyamphande’s pursuit of gender balance in pupil access to education. Importantly, administration of matters related to our high school population will be simpler and overall costs will be reduced with students at one location. Personal supervision, monitoring and mentoring of students will also be greatly enhanced. A teachers residence, funded by the Women’s Ministry, Church of God-US, is already under construction, in preparation for housing high school teachers. We are now approaching potential donors to help raise funds necessary to build a high school complex comprising 10 classrooms, configured in two blocks of five rooms. We have decided to use the block of 5 configuration based on our assumption that this approach is more economical and environmentally prudent than alternatives based on combinations of blocks of 3 and 2 to reach a total of 25 new classrooms. Thus, we are compliant with the spirit of environmental sustainability present in the MDGs.

Keeping in mind the spirit of the UN convention on the Rights of the child (CRC), we recognize that there is a great need to increase the number of classrooms for our students in grades 1-7. This would permit students in dedicated classrooms to have a longer school day while starting at a more reasonable hour. We expect this to foster a better quality educational experience, especially if teachers and students are equipped with complete sets of textbooks and teacher manuals. That is our intention.

We also recognize that the time has come for Nyamphande to introduce an Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) program (ages 3-6). Having a dedicated centre will help us open the door to learning, health monitoring and enhanced psychosocial well-being for our youngest community members. We are currently working to make this dream a reality on July 1, 2008, albeit in temporary accommodations currently being rehabilitated at the school. By 2010 we expect to have 100 of our youngest children attending classes every day in new classrooms.

During our planning, we concluded that we need to help illiterate youth and adult community members gain the skills they need to understand and pursue their rights and entitlements in the areas of training, education, health and welfare. We can help achieve this by training them in literacy and numeracy skills. With experience, we expect that these classes may provide a forum for discussing important health, social and political issues. Therefore, we plan to have one classroom designated as a Community Resource Centre. Here, community members can receive training, participate in workshops and other awareness raising plus capacity building initiatives.

Given the increasing capacity at Nyamphande over the planning period we anticipate that the school population will reach 1000 children by 2010, being educated in twenty – five new classrooms, in addition to those we currently use. We are approaching potential new donors to help us raise up to $US300, 000 to build and equip the fifteen classrooms needed for our ECE-Grade 7 Primary section; and, up to the $US200, 000 needed to build and equip the high school. We are committed to the development of individual and community capacity to achieve academic excellence and be healthy, involved members of Zambian society.
We have now seen what started as faith in action grow to reality. We can now praise God that our first kids; one is entering university with a full scholarship to study medicine, and two others have enrolled to study accountancy with the overall academic performance of Nyamphande being the best in the district. Well over a thousand have passed through Nyamphande school todate.
We continue to pray for favours of God to sustain the ever growing needs of this institution.
"Together we can do this!" , "Together we will do this!"
God bless you!

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Nyamphande Orphanage & Community Schools

Plot 2256/7417,
Lundazi Road,
Off Leopards Hill Road,
P.O Box 31337,
Lusaka 10101
Zambia

 

Telephone: 260 211 263 355 / 261 348

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