What we do in Ngoli
Ngoli is a typical rural village in Northern Zambia. There are 10,000 people in the catchment, 25% of whom are under five years of age.
Malaria, childbirth, AIDS, TB and cholera challenge day to day life.
Almost everyone in Ngoli is a subsistence farmer; the best paid job in the private sector pays $40 a month for 26 days work but these jobs are rare.
By way of contrast, a qualified teacher or nurse will earn as much in a month as these workers earn in a year.
We help support the school and the health centre and we also provide scholarships to ‘vulnerable but viable’ students, giving bright children the possibility to break out of the poverty trap.
In the past we have built houses for teachers, reconstructed the health centre and provided equipment for the school and health centre (from books to beds, chalk to chairs and laptops to gold leaf electroscopes). We source locally, thereby also feeding money into the local economy.
Special thanks to the Reinsurance Group of America for donating laptops for the school.
Christabel starts High School in 2019 with a ZMCP Scholarship - she wants to be a doctor
Head teacher, Martin, now has a laptop to plan his lessons and help run the school
Children are keen to learn - all we do is give them a chance
Giving children a chance to achieve their dreams
Each year we take a group of children with potential. These are selected by the teachers and all are considered ‘vulnerable but viable’.
They all come from subsistence farming backgrounds, most have lost a parent; all are bright but none can afford to pay for a secondary education (in Zambia this is not free).
From this group we try to select between one and three students who are offered a variety of scholarship opportunities, for example:
A scholarship to the secondary school in the local town for Grade 9 pupils.
A scholarship to stay on at Ngoli High School, for Grade 9 puplis.
A scholarship to college, for Grade 12 pupils
As of September 2019 twenty students are currently active in the program. Here is how they are doing:
Samuel – finished third year at Rusangu University Bachelor of Education. Find out about Samuel's story here
Sula and Victor – finished second year at Chengelo nursing college
Christopher, Tenant and Patience – first year nursing college.
Francina, Friday, Brian and Yvette - awaiting college places - Francina's grades were good enough for her to apply to Medical School.
Memory, Maybin, Lloyd, Cornelius, Christabel, Nicholas and Fredrick – all progressing well through secondary school
Prisca – about to start secondary school in Kasama
Moses - starting secondary school in Ngoli
Victor – re-sitting secondary school exams
A year at secondary school costs £420, while a year at nursing college costs £2,120 and a year at university costs £1,600 – this is an impossibility for these students’ families, but together we can help these children fulfill their potential.
These students want to work, and when they achieve employment much of their salary is used to support their extended families, ensuring the benefits of education trickle down to the wider community.
We work with the US charity Zambia’s Scholarship Fund to provide these scholarships.
Special thanks to Derby Rotary Club for sponsoring three students.
Victor is starting his second year at Nursing College in 2019 - his lecturers say he's doing well and is on track to qualify. The nursing college has a 95% pass rate for students from their 4 year course and 99% of qualifying students find a job as a nurse.
Samuel is training to be a teacher. He came back to Ngoli to help with our selection process in 2018, giving students the chance to ask him what help he had received.
To hear more about Samuel's journey click here.
NGOLI Science Block Project
In Oct 2018 ZMCP released funding for a new science block at Ngoli school.The build went well and the block was officially opened in July 2019. The school has been trying to provide a secondary school curriculum but lacks the infrastructure to deliver all the lessons.
The two-room science block cost c. £25,000 and we have fitted it out with the equipment needed for the curriculum. ZMCP provided the funds and the skilled labour, while the community provide raw materials (sand, stone, gravel, mud bricks) and the unskilled labour. ZMCP has set aside a 2 year budget to provide the equipment needed to continue to be able to deliver the curriculum.
This is part of ZMCP’s long term plan to help the school develop in order to deliver a quality of education which is on a par with that being delivered by the schools in the local town. This would mean students could be educated in Ngoli and would not have to travel.
The building is complete and science lessons have started. Take a look at the video...
Amazingly the local town, Kasama, has a science equipment store, complete with gold leaf electroscopes.
NGOLI Mother and Baby Ward Project
Ngoli has a part-completed mother and baby ward. Mothers currently have nowhere to rest after giving birth and consequently have to return home a few short hours after giving birth.
The project was started by another funder and completing the mother and baby ward will have a significant health impact on the community.
There are more than 500 pregnancies a year in the local community - ZMCP are working to complete this part-built mother and baby ward.