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Project information

Kakumbi School

Kakumbi Basic School is a remote school that has very little support from any charities. The government funding is inadequate and it desperatley needs building repairs and a new teaching block to be built. Overcrowding is endemic and it cannot cater for all of the children in the area.

2 years

Charity information: Project Luangwa

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  • Need


    The existing buildings do are badly in need of repair. The roofs leak and the trusses are rotten. Every year they suffer from severe damage from storms. There are 400 pupilsat Kakumbi. Classrooms are overcrowded and do not have enough desks or teaching materials.

    The School cannot teach all of the children in their catchment area due to the lack of servicable classroom block.

    There is no power available and water comes from a shared borehole that is in urgent need of maintenance.


    By renovating the existing classrooms we can provide a safe and sheltered environment for the children.

    By building a new classroom block the school will be able to teach more children and increase the number of government supplied teachers.

    We also aim to repair existing broken school furniture and supply additional desks to allow each child to sit at a desk. Additional teaching materials will be made available to allow one book per 2 children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Repair Existing Buildings


    » Replace damaged trusses and roofing sheets

    What success will look like

    Each classroom block will be watertight and sound.

    Aim 2

    Provide additional classrooms


    » Building of a new 1x3 classroom block
    » Build additional teachers housines for any extra Government teachers required

    What success will look like

    New 1x3 classroom block made available for use

    Aim 3

    Provide adequate desks and seats


    » Repair exisiting furniture
    » Provide additional desks to ensure all pupils can sit at a desk

    What success will look like

    Every pupil will be able to sit at a desk with no-one having to sit on the floor

    Aim 4

    Ensure adequate power is available


    » Install solar power system

    What success will look like

    Power available for charging phones, proving lighting in each classroom and enough power to operate teachers and head teacher computer

    Aim 5

    Ensure adequate teaching materials are available


    » Purchase new sets of teaching aids and pupil work books

    What success will look like

    Pupils will have at least one book per 2 pupils.

  • Impact


    The long term changes will be in the number of pupils able to attend school and an increase in the pass rates.

    These will be monitored each year in conjuction with the Zambian District Education Boards Secretary who is a Project Luangwa Committe member.


    The risks are that the repairs and new build projects will be substandard and cause subsequent high levels of repair and maintenance. A qualified and proven building manager will be engaged to provide oversight.

    Additional teaching materials may not be passed onto the pupils. Regular inspections will be made to account for all materials supplied to the school.

    The project could go over budget. Full costings will be made and become the responsibility of the Buildings manager.


    Our website will be used to provide project specifc update reports and photographic evidence published. Donor visits would be welcomed.

    A monthly newsletter will also be issued

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 New Classroom Building of a new 1x3 class block
      £8,000 Repair classooms Repair of existing classroom block roofs
      £3,000 New furniture Repair and provide new desks
      £2,000 Solar Installation of a solar power system
      £2,000 books Provide books and teaching materials
  • Background


    The School is located near a small town called Mfwue in the district of Mambwe Zambia. It is very remote and does not have a tarmac road, but has a dirt track that is is a bad state of repair. The area suffers from extreme poverty. The primary source of income is subsistence farming

    The area suffers fom high levels of HIV/Aids and poor health due to Malaria.


    The area of Mfuwe has approximately 25,000 inhabitants spread over several thousand square kilometres.

    The majority of the inhabitants are earning below the official poverty level of $1 per day.

    Education is the only chance that the people of the area have of breaking out of the poverty cycle.

    The Zambian government has reported that 23% of enrolled pupils have lost at least one parent.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Project Luangwa is based in Mfuwe and has developed unique relationships with the local leaders, government representatives and Schools. We have years of experience in providing support in the are and have provided support to Kakumbi school for over 5 years

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Hopson

    David is one of the principle Managers. He resides in Mfuwe and has an imtimate knowledge of the problems of Kakumbi.

    Karen Beattie

    Karen is the principle manager. Residing in Mfuwe and has 5 years of direct dealing with Kakumbi and has raised funds previously for the school