With funds from Shenton Safaris and their generous guests, the Hanada Project has developed from an idea into a little pre-school for orphans and vulnerable children.
A small brick building houses offices and a store. Daily lessons for the children take place in a close-by 'chitenge'. There are toilet facilities and a borehole supplies clean and safe drinking water.
Although there is just one class lessons are taught by two voluntary teachers who both attend for the whole day. This means that there is always someone around to deal with a fretful child as well as someone to teach.
45 children are registered at the school and most are either orphans or regarded as vulnerable. However on most days fewer attend and an average class size is around 35 to 40 pupils. Lessons start at 8:00 and continue until around 4pm with plenty of playtime.
Project Luangwa's policy is to encourage the community to manage their own projects as this helps develop businesses and decreases reliance on aid. As has always been the intention Hanada is now totally managed by the community under the guidance of His Highness Chief Mnkhanya.
In the beginning . . . A generous donation from Juliet and Derek Shenton who run Shenton's Safaris funded the building of the offices, store and chitenge. Guests' donations enabled toilets to be built as well as a borehole to be sunk and a hand pump fitted. This means that Hanada pupils have safe drinking water.
Teaching still takes place in the open sided thatched building known locally as a 'chitenge' and until recently the children sat on bamboo mats on the floor.
In late 2012 . . . We received a generous donation from Agincourt School in the UK and Zu McDermot who had climbed the three highest peaks in the UK to raise funds.
As the children had been sitting on the floor for as long as we had been visiting the school the first thing we decided to do was to get them some furniture.
You can see what happened when we delivered the new furniture here . . .