September - December 2004
Zambia became independent on 24th October 1964
24th October 2004 we celebrated 40 years of independence.
Chuma and Kaluba from Grade 6 describe the day of celebration in
"We went to Livingstone with the
canter. When we reach the first thing we do start marching
from Post Office to stadium and when people saw us they started
clapping their hands. Midness and Chuma were holding our
banner which was saying TONGABEZI TRUST SCHOOL. After that we
sang the National Anthem and then we prayed. Then we sit down
and watch those who were singing and dancing. After that we
watched football. Zambia and Zimbabwe. The winner it was
Zambia. Then we eat after eating we went to the Post Office
and waited for Tongabezi to take us home. Then we came home
singing happily in he Tongabezi canter."
after Independence Day we had a celebration at Tujatane.
Misheck in Grade 6 writes: "We
had our independence celebration at school. It was a very
happy day everyone enjoyed. They danced and sang happily.
Each class presented something. The Grade 1's danced, the
Grade 2's said a poem and the mighty Grade 4's had one song, after
that we had modelling. Mundia was Mr Independence, Christine
was Miss Independence , Gift was the first Prince, Arthur the second
Prince. The first Princess was Naomi and the second Princess
ZAMBIA IS NOW 40 YEARS OLD.
GOLD BLESS OUR WONDERFUL AND PEACEFUL COUNTRY."
teaches art to Preschool
and her husband Tarek came to Tongabezi Lodge for their honeymoon in
September. Amanda is a teacher in England and was happy to devote
her time with the preschool and reception children to teaching
and lots of other fund things. The children had a fantastic time,
mixing paint with dishwashing liquid and blowing bubbles with it,
and hand painting with lots of bright colours - as Nasson's picture
shows! Such a good time was had by all, the paint was everywhere and
a clothes washing session had to be organised before the children
could go home!
and Tarek also taught the children a song about a crocodile swimming
in the river, where a little fish swims into the crocodile's mouth.
Then the crocodile shuts its jaws tightly and the little fish sleeps
all night. When the crocodile yawns the next morning, the little
fish swims away out of sight. We always think about this lovely
couple when we sing this song and we hope they will come and visit
The next steps
... continuing education for our children
were thrilled to welcome Elaine Cooper, President of the Cogitare
Foundation in the USA, once again to Tujatane on 8th November.
Elaine is spearheading the secondary education sponsorship programme
for our children once they have completed their primary education at
Tujatane. This allows sponsors of our children to continue
supporting their education, by sponsorship into secondary level and
beyond. This remarkable opportunity allows our children the chance
of a complete education – something most children in Zambia can only
Elaine met all of our Grade 6 children (aged 12, having completed at
Tujatane last year) to discuss their progress at their new schools
and the development of the sponsorship programme. She was delighted
to meet all the children and spent time with them individually,
bringing them caps and raincoats in readiness for the rainy season.
As if that weren’t enough, she also very kindly treated all the
Tujatane staff to lunch at Tongabezi, which was delicious. We thank
Elaine once again for her kindness and generosity.
New Loo Block
for Tujatane Staff
received a very generous donation from Michael Hauck from the UK,
which enabled us to build the long-awaited staff loo block. Our
hopes and dreams were finally realised as we chose a site for our
third toilet block.
In contrast to the other two
which we have for the children, this is a special new addition – a
separate one for the teachers and staff at Tujatane.
Thanks to Michael Hauck for his
generosity in funding this much needed project. Dyson, a local
brought in to manage the building. We would also like to thank Kyson
for his hard work and for making the building so smart.
The pictures on this page are
from some of the children in Grade 1 showing how they viewed the
construction programme. There is also a photo of the completed
Annable Volunteer from the UK
Annabel worked in reception and
preschool and Kaley helped in Grade 1 in October. Here is what they
had to say about us. “The kindness and hospitality of both the staff
and children has given us this amazing opportunity to gain unique
experience, learn more about African culture and for us to give
something back in return through teaching. The children have
welcomed us into their classes, showed us the
of their culture through dance and song, and I suspect have taught
us just as much as we have taught them. We have learned to teach
literacy, creative play, language, numeracy and have had the
opportunity to teach a little about the English culture and
traditions (our Halloween holiday, for example). Our time at
Tujatane has been rewarding, extremely enjoyable and all too short!
We would like to express our thanks to all the teachers and everyone
involved in this fantastic school, for allowing us this opportunity.
We are certain that, with continued support, Tujatane will continue
to thrive, and we will return in a few years to see how everyone is
Food Programme -
hurray for Soya!
As we mentioned in our last
newsletter, all of our children receive HEPS porridge in the morning
break. This is from soya and is a high energy protein supplement,
which the children love as you can see from their comments below:
“When we went to Monze we won
because of soya and then when those who went to Solwezi they won
because of soya. I am the best eater in soya.” By Stenwell (Grade
“I am very happy because at
break we eat soyabeans porridge. It was not there for some months
and we missed it. But now they bring it back and they brought new
cups and now we enjoy it very much. It have a nice taste. It give us
a very strong health.” By Belinda (Grade 6).
in the school likes it. From the day it began people improved their
ways of behaving, those who slept in class stopped sleeping.” By
Mike (Grade 6).
"We like the way the cooker
cooks it, it is Mrs Njovu and I like eating porridge. The day they
brought soya I was very happy.” By Ruth (Grade 6).
“We are very happy because it
makes our bones so hard that we can do many work for the school.” By
Mundia (Grade 6).
NO. & AGES
THANK YOU TONGABEZI!
Tongabezi once again generously
hosted a Christmas party for our children with Santa handing out
gifts, food, drink and party games. The children danced and sang and
Preschool & Reception
38 children, 3-7 years
20 children, 6-8 years
20 children, 7-9 years
20 children, 8-15 years
21 children, 11-15 years
Please note: Barclays Bank
charges us $US25 to process each cheque we receive. To avoid
this and ensure that your entire donation benefits the children,
please send any donations by bank transfer to the school account or
direct to the UK school charity. If you wish to make a
contribution, please contact
for details. Many thanks for your help.
UK Charity Status "The
Charitable Trust for The Tongabezi Trust School"
Registration number 1096710.
Newsletters will be put on our
school website under "Our Newsletter".
for details on making a donation through the UK charity.
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Private Bag 31, Livingstone, Zambia