A small group from Spinkhill’s Mount St Mary’s College has returned from a trip to a small village in Zambia where they saw first-hand where their donation of funds will go to help equip the local school library.

Zambia dance group sThe college chaplain, Fr Simon Ellis, teacher, Barbara Wigg, and Ken Dunn of charity, Africa’s Gift, were visiting Chikuni in preparation for the school’s trip to Zambia in June 2015.  They set in place plans to visit the Mount’s partner Jesuit Secondary School in Chikuni in Zambia, where they will carry out a range of projects within the community.  They took along with them some technology in the form of a portable cooking stove, which will be part of a school project on sustainability, and they heard about how some of the fundraising efforts by pupils at Mount St Mary’s would benefit the school’s new library.  The visit also included trips to the local Home Based Care centre, built some years ago with funds raised by pupils from the Mount, local primary school, the hospital, the radio station, the Museum and Community Centre and the Teacher Training College, where the group will be staying next year.

Teacher, Mrs Wigg, who will be returning to the area with the pupils next year, said, “What really made the trip a life changing experience for me was meeting the local people, who are most welcoming and who have so little, but who are so very grateful for what they do have – a sobering thought in our consumer driven society.”

Fr Simon Ellis said, “The trip to Zambia will be an amazing opportunity for pupils to learn about global issues and develop new skills whilst also making a real difference to a community in another part of the world.”