King’s School

In 2016 Life Support agreed to take over the running of King’s School in Chingola, Zambia. The school is in one of the poorest parts of town. Many of the children in the school are orphaned and living in deep poverty. Alongside their education the students at King’s School, around four hundred in total, are provided with one meal a day.

In 2016 Life Support agreed to take over the running of King’s School in Chingola, Zambia. The school is in one of the poorest parts of town. Many of the children in the school are orphaned and living in deep poverty. Alongside their education the students at King’s School, around four hundred in total, are provided with one meal a day.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

In 1999 Arthur and Margaret Hibbert visited ‘New Luano’, a very deprived residential area situated just outside Chingola, in North West Zambia. New Luano had no water supply, no electricity and houses that were mainly mud huts.
The poverty of the community so touched Arthur and Margaret that this was the start of their vision to build a school for the local children.
Arthur and Margaret, already in their early 60’s had no money to begin this vast undertaking. They contacted the local government and explained their vision to build a school and they were allocated a piece of land.
With support from friends, the school opened in the Easter of 2001 providing education to approximately 240 children.
Although, the school was now open, which was a tremendous accomplishment, it quickly became apparent, that the children were so poorly nourished that they were unable to learn. In order for the school to operate, they first of all needed to feed the students!
“Once we began to feed the children, immediate results were noticed. The children were able to stay awake in class, concentrate on their lessons and begin to learn.”

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 The current position of the school

Arthur and Margaret, have not been able to travel to Zambia for the last few years and as a result some of the financial support from the UK has declined. The dedication of the staff at the school has meant that they have made do with the limited funds available. However, the current position where staff are paid the equivalent to £60 or £70 a month is not sustainable and Arthur and Margaret approached Life Support to take on the management of the school and its funding.
This is a big undertaking for us but we believe that our other projects and goodwill within the area will be a great base to leverage for this new undertaking.  However, we do need to quickly address the funding of the school to make sure we honour the staff and pupils with job security and security of education. We have set ourselves a fundraising target of £40,000 in order to be able to undertake some much needed repairs and ensure that we can feed each child with more than the 10 pence a day that we currently spend.

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 CAN YOU HELP?

Over the next year we are looking to raise £40,000 with a target of £10,000 by November to enable us to make essential repairs to King’s School and to help us meet the funding shortfall for 2017.

With your help we can make a huge difference in the lives of these children.
Please click on the link below to give to our King’s School appeal.

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