Painting Classrooms: Some schools in the Mfuwe area have not been refurbished since they were built 20 or 30 years ago. Classrooms remain shabby, depressing and dark making them far removed from the inspirational rooms we now have in the Western world. There are no colourful wall charts or posters and often no glass in the windows. Probably the easiest and most popular project for Project Luangwa volunteers is decorating these gloomy classrooms turning them into bright airy rooms where children want to learn.
Painting murals: Some of our volunteers are very talented artists and have brightened up an outside gable end of a school building. These murals are very popular with kids, teachers and villagers alike and are great moral boosters for the whole school.
Building: Project Luangwa has building programmes at various schools in the area but currently we are concentrating on Mfuwe Day Secondary School right here in the middle of Mfuwe. We have recently completed two 1 x 3 classroom blocks and will soon finish two dormitories for the boys.
With further large infrastructure planned it is easy to overlook the small but very necessary projects such as toilet blocks. This size project is ideal for the short term volunteer and can be completed by a group in a week or two.
Tree planting: There has been a huge amount of deforrestation in the area and we want to encourage kids to plant trees around their schools and care for them. We have had a huge success with the scheme last year and twelve months on every tree is still alive.