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Newsletter Summer 2014

Summer 2014

Firstly we would like to thank all who have supported us so far, with your help we have managed to raise £3131.51. Your donations have been received with gratitude.

Our plan is to provide antenatal and under 5’s medical support to those in the Garden House area of Lusaka Zambia. Our initial thought were to build a facility on the land, having evaluated this further we are now looking at more cost-effective ways to try to do this as building a structure was going to cost us roughly £150,000. Our plan now is to buy a few porta cabin/ static welfare unit/ modular building style structure as the cost is brought down by over £100,000. An example of which can be found below:

blue portacabin
blue portacabin

We are not far of from being able to purchase our first one and once shipped to Zambia, services can start with immediate effect. Our goal is to get help out there as soon as we can.

In the mean time we are trying to help a small school very close to the location of the clinic. The charity run school is called the Tukela school foundation. Any donations of books, uniforms etc would make a difference to so many lives. Educating the future population of Zambia is the key to sustainable change. A few details below about the school.

Tukela School Foundation

Mission statement

We believe that by offering challenging and creative learning using a variety of extra-curricular activities alongside class based learning our goal is to equip our students with the skills and disposition to continue their education by taking appropriate calculated risks to deal with challenges head on with confidence and not fear. Using innovative techniques and technology to provide a varied learning environment for the students our focus is on instilling a strong reading culture and a strong desire and self-discipline to learn.

Vision 

Provide the best academic program possible for a comprehensive education of our students. We live in a knowledge age therefore we feel it is our duty to encourage our students to develop life-long learning skills which are the ongoing self-motivated pursuit of knowledge in order to apply the right knowledge effectively.

Core values

  1. Access to the very best learning opportunities regardless of family financial back ground
  2. Offer intensive literacy lessons and encourage use of our library to the community
  3. Living in a globalized world its important our students receive global education
  4. Offer education post grade 9 and an exam center for all grades’ exams.
  5. Teach students how to recycle or repurpose creatively and artistically to lessen litter
  6. Provide students with at least one nutritious meal each school day
  7. Impress on our students the importance of conservation especially in agriculture.
  8. Encourage student participation in as many sports as possible


Monica Kirk Foundation Fundraising Appeal

Medical Facilities needed

A one-off or regular donation will help us to get closer to purchasing a couple anitivandal porta cabins to be used as a community clinic. Every penny counts and we will be grateful for all your generosity to help families in Lusaka Zambia. To donate you can use the donate button at the top of the page or  visit our website.

Volunteering

Maybe you can not afford to make a donation. You could help us in other ways.

  • Are you good at bid writing?
  • Can you help with fundraising?
  • Are you good at organising events?

There are so many ways you can help, just get in touch and let us know. Email – info@monicakirkfoundation.org.uk or silvia.kirk@monicakirkfoundation.org.uk.

MKF Clinic location and progress

The clinic will be based in the Garden House Compound area, Lusaka West, Zambia.

What it looks like now:

What have we been up to?

Update – June 2014

Well honestly speaking the past two years have really been incredible. I have learnt a great deal, as have the trustees. It has become quite clear that patience is a great skill to have in this industry. I guess I thought it would be easy! We’d register the charity, find out what the need was and then raise funds and then get the help to those who need it. I had an idealistic view on life.

What I’m begining to understand is that as in every industry there are rules and regulations to ensure things are done properly.

So, back to the question – What have we been up to? Here are a few things we have been up to:

  • Registering the Charity officially in the UK and Zambia
  • Getting costings for building works
  • Running Our first campaign
  • Regrouping to look at more cost effective ways to deliver services in Zambia
  • Seeking advice from those who are in the industry

 

Zambia Research Trip

Group photo of participants
Zambia Research

In July 2012 two trustees went to the Garden House Compound in Lusaka. The area in which the Monica Kirk Foundation  has a plot of land. The aim was to consult with the people living in the area, to see how best we can benefit them.

We spent some time talking to individuals and groups within the area. We asked questions and listened to what the people thought was a priority to them.

An overwhelming majority of the residents said they needed medical facilities, especially antenatal and under 5’s care within the area.

Here are some pictures of the lovely people we met while we were out there:
Our support