hopeGirls and staff from St Mary’s Calne – a leading British girls school – have just arrived in Zambia to help build a school for our official charity The (ASCP). This will be a much-needed school for vulnerable girls and orphans in Chama, north-eastern Zambia – one of the remotest areas in Zambia and one which is terribly under developed. Father Katete, ASCP Director, welcomed the school to Zambia at press conference on their arrival in Chipata on Thursday, 24 October – “Chama, like many rural parts of our country, is plagued with a number of social ills such as early marriages, gender inequality and unequal access to education between girls and boys. This makes it very difficult for children ,especially girls to attain an education. Education unlocks many doors of opportunities of personal as well as community development. Well done St. Mary’s for your great support for the rural girls in Chama by coming here to help build their school.

This visit is the start of a lasting legacy for the area moving forward from this bicentennial year. Eve, a pupil at St Mary’s Calne is very excited about the project – “I am so looking forward to meeting the children and working on a project that will give them access to an education like we have here in the UK

An astonishingly generous donation for this new Chama School has just been received for our official charity from a private UK donor for the amount of £10,000. The David Livingstone Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 Initiative and The ASCP would like to extend our very grateful thanks to the donor for this incredibly generous gift for the school – it will form the basis of a wonderful dream come true for many of these children who are desperately keen to learn and will ensure a lasting legacy moving on from this bicentennial year. On hearing the news from Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 chairman, Belinda Hodge, Father Katete said:  “The vision is becoming a reality! What was invisible will now become visible with the help of this wonderful donation.”

From : Livingstone 2013

30 October 2013