We are now finally expanding to the continent of Africa. For the past two summers, I have been travelling with my husband and a group of Rotarians from the Strategic Water Alliance in Northern Virginia to help out with water in rural and urban schools in Zambia’s Copperbelt. This region is located in the northern parts of the country, which in turn is located in the southern parts of the continent.
While going there, I have developed a friendship, respect, and admiration for the members of the Ndola-Mukuba Rotary Club. So therefore, I am pleased that they have agreed to become our partners in Ndola, Zambia.
The first project we are embarking on is of a smaller nature but yet very compelling. Last year, we visited the Dag Hammarskjöld School and I instantly felt a bond with the school−it is named after one of my countrymen, the Swedish UN General Secretary whose plane crashed in Ndola in 1961. As a matter of fact, the school is very close to the crash site.
When a teacher at the school asked for help last year, she was only asking for some notebooks. Of course, we brought those this summer. However, we also arranged for a meeting with the principal who gave us a list of items for the school and its 600 students, grades one through nine will need going forward.
We are now getting them some schoolbooks that are needed for the new school curriculum−English books for grades three through nine and textbooks for first graders in the subjects of creative technology studies as well as some in social development studies.