Nakatindi Village and School, Zambia

Nakatindi Village
 

Nakatindi Village & School, Zambia


Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy began working with the community and school in July 2010 when we initiated dialogue with the headmaster of the school as well as the community elders in order to identify their immediate needs.

Nakatindi Village is located in the Livingstone area approximately five kilometres from Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma and six kilometres from Livingstone. The Village is divided into three zones, each with its own headmen and elders' committee, the total population of the village is estimated at 2,700 people living in 1,500 households where the average household earns the equivalent of US$80 per month.

 

Nakatindi Community School

Nakatindi Community School has about 550 children where almost two-thirds of them are orphaned or considered vulnerable. The children are very dependent on the school and it has been a success due to the commitment of the local community. There are 4 qualified teachers who work on a voluntary basis and another 8 teacher paid for by the government. The community school has only eight classes from pre-school through to grade 7. SRP with the help of our generous guests and their donations made it possible to complete the building of a classroom block able to facilitate grades 8 and 9 in the school. The government confirmed the provision of grade 8 teachers for the 2013 academic year and grade 9 teachers for the 2014 academic year. It is the aim for continued involvement with the school to be resources support, the establishment of daily school meals and the possibility of extending the school further to become a registered high school benefitting other struggling communities in the area.


Child Feeding Program

SRP and Nakatindi school saw the need to prvide the children of the school with a balanced and nourishing lunch which for many was their only meal of the day. With the help of Global Visions who donated money for a new kitchen - our feeding program is now a reality. The children are provided with a balanced and varied diet that consists of mealie meal, kapenta (small fish), pumpkin leaves, beans and other fresh vegetables from the school's vegatable garden. 

The consistent supply of food has also ensured a much better attendance at school and all of the teachers have commented on the children's high levels of attention during class. 


Adult skills training

SRP is committed to the skills development in the community and in order to assist them in making the various projects implemented a self-sustaining success. In June 2013 we arranged an for an Agricultural expert to teach the team how to manage and grow sustainable organic vegetables. They discussed how to manage soil, compost creation and the importance of organic gardening followed by practical work in th garden. In September 2013 we offered another skills training session - this time looking at the garden as a business and an income generating activity, for the school. The sessions covered a production plan for the garden, what to plant, when and why.  The importance of grading produce, those of a higher quality charge more, and those of a lower quality charge less. General pricing was also touched on in order to be successful in a competitive market.


Pack for a purpose

Sanctuary Retreats has also pledged to make a contribution towards the various projects at Nakatindi for every night a guest stays at any one of our properties in Zambia.

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project /projects.