We are focussing on the eduction of orphans, presently studying in junior secondary school and senior secondary school. In order to give those more motivated and talented children a chance for a better life, we require certain standards as far as their academic performance is concerned. High schools and subsequent college education, however, are expensive for Zambians, and for this reason we were forced to make this selection.
Annual Report 2018
We began this year’s visit to Kashikishi at the end of August with great excitement and expectations.
One aim of our trip was to produce a film about the collaborative work between the Basel Association for Medical Collaboration and the colleagues of the St. Paul’s Hospital and further projects of the Basel Association of Medical Collaboration in Kashikishi.
We were accompanied by the young film-maker Marcel Sokoll, and his assistant Lucius Schweizer. We are looking forward to being able to show this film on the 8th of May 2019, as part of an event in “Neues Kino Basel”.
This collaboration has already been working for 25 years! A big group from Basel travelled to Zambia to celebrate the anniversary.
There are several different routes to Kashikishi, located in the rural area of northern Zambia. Our group, with Marcel Sokoll and Lucius Schweizer (Film team), the medical student Markus Dieterle, the young Zambian Willmoty Masumbuko (see further report about him), the pharmacist Katrin Appenzeller, and Béatrice Dolder (responsible for the Orphanage School Project), met up in Lusaka, from various flights originating from Johannesburg. From Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, we travelled 15 long hours in a northerly direction with the bus, around the “Panhandle” of the Democratic Republic of Congo, through Mansa, to Kashikishi.
It was dark again as we met Andi Nidecker (project leader Kashikishi, training ultrasound and radiology) and Irma Laukkanen (training radiology), Bruno Campana and Herbert Albrecht (expansion of the solar energy plant) and the medical students Chiara and Marieke, in the “Swiss House”, our accommodation in Kashikishi.
The Film Project
The young Basel film-maker, Marcel Sokoll, made a documentary film about the collaborative work of the Basel Association for Medical Collaboration and the colleagues of the St. Paul’s Hospital and affiliated projects. With the support of Lucius Schweizer, who assisted Marcel, no opportunity was missed to capture evocative scenes, interesting interviews or simply the normal daily life. At the end of the trip, they had compiled enough material for a documentary film of more than 6 hours. Out of this, a 30 minute short film was edited, which will be shown on the
8th of May 2019 in the “Neues Kino Basel”.
The Story of Willmoty Masumbuko
We got to know the 18 year old Willmoty in February 2017, in connection with the Orphan School Project, on a visit to the Mutono Secondary School in Kashikishi (see annual report 2017). Willmoty came to our attention, because he was much smaller than his peers. He could hardly open his mouth to speak. He could only take food in liquid form through a small gap between his teeth. Therefore he was chronically undernourished.
It was clear to us, that we wanted to help this young man, one of our supported pupils. The images from the CT Scan that we organized for him to be carried out in 2017 in the hospital of Mansa, the nearest big city, were analyzed later in Basel. They revealed that since birth, Willmoty’s right Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) had not developed, and that he could be really helped by a complicated operation. With a lot of effort and goodwill by the many people involved, Willmoty was successfully operated on by jaw surgery specialists in Zürich, in March 2018. After the operation he had a period of recovery, mainly in Basel, where he got to know a completely new world. He received treatment in speech therapy and learned how to eat solid food, which he increasingly found fun, he learnt to speak clearly so that he could be easily understood. His quality of life improved visibly. He made many friends, learned to ride a bike and a kickboard scooter, touched snow for the first time, and travelled with acquaintances to other places in Europe.
Saying goodbye to Switzerland and his friends and acquaintances was very hard for him, as he boarded the plane with us on the 30st of August 2018. But of course he was naturally also looking forward to seeing his family and friends again in Africa.
We are staying in contact with Willmoty also in Kashikishi. He visited us in the “Swiss House”, and we visited him at his family home, and celebrated his return with his family. Willmoty lives in a large family with many children, together with his father, his father’s second wife, his half-siblings and cousins.
Such extended families are common in Zambia, and many families are in a continual struggle to survive. Willmoty’s mother died when he was 6 years old. His father remarried and had more children with his second wife. It is very difficult for his father to fund the school fees for all the children. This is why Willmoty has been supported by our Orphan School Project since the 8th grade, and is a typical example of the majority of our supported children (Orphans and Vulnerable Children, OVCs).
The Orphan School Project
In the project of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs), 85 boys and girls are currently supported, who attend 27 different Secondary Schools (grades 8 -12) in the catchment area of Kashikishi. Jacob Chanda is the local coordinator of the Orphan School Project. We work closely with him. On our visits we check the accounting records together, and discuss the budgets for the upcoming school terms. At the end of 2018, 20 young people completed their secondary school education. One of these was Fridah, who was accepted by the St Paul’s School of Nursing, from the Mabel Shaw Girls Secondary School, where she will begin the training in January 2019 to become a nurse. Fridah will continue to be supported by the Project, which we are very proud about.
We hope that we can continue to pay the school fees for 85 young people for their secondary school education. Since the costs for the school fees, educational material and the uniforms are also in Zambia continually rising, this will be a big challenge. This is only possible with the help of generous donations.
In 2019, the tuition fees for college for 16 young students will be financed by the Project. 12 students are training in the nursing profession and 4 are training as teachers.
In addition we have included Eunice, an ambitious colleague in the youth centre Bumi Bwesu in our Project for higher education at the Rockview University in East Zambia. After finishing her education, she will work at the youth centre in Kashikishi, Bumi Bwesu, in family planning.
We had the opportunity, together with the Film team, to visit and to get to know the Bumi Bwesu youth centre. This is managed by Jody Staehelin of the Basel Association for Medical Collaboration together with a local consulting team of 5 colleagues. Consultations are given about the issues of domestic violence, family planning, HIV prevention etc.
Nchelenge Secondary School
Shortly before our departure from Kashikishi we visited the Nchelenge Secondary School, a state day and boarding school. This school had also increased the fees, with the argument that they wanted to offer extra Physical Education.
19 of our Project’s supported young people go to this school. Last year 11 of the supported pupils completed their school education in the 12th grade with examinations. In a discussion with the school principal Frau Chituma, we wanted to know who from these school leavers had achieved the required grade average for entrance to a college. To our disappointment, none had achieved the required academic grade average. 2 of the pupils could however repeat selected single exams, and so possibly achieve the entrance to a college.
A tour of the school showed that the conditions are difficult to be able to learn well: a shortage of teachers means that the class sizes are too big (between 70 -100 pupils per class!) and the infrastructure is bad. We were, as in previous years, very shocked by the conditions of the dormitories, as with the sanitary installations.
Jacob Chanda confirmed to us that in comparison to the private schools and the church schools, the state schools were badly run and the teachers were often absent. These state schools however charged lower fees than the privately run.
It is important to us that we enable as many children as possible to attend school, so that they receive the most necessary general knowledge, can read and write and are able to express themselves in English. This we can only do with the generous financial support of Sponsors.
In the name of the Basel Support Organization (BVF) I would like to thank all philanthropists, especially the Rotary Club Augst-Raurica, who support our students in higher education, the Roman Catholic Church of Basel and many private individuals.
A special thank you goes to all those who involved themselves in the Willmoty project. This was not financed by the Orphan School Project fund, but made possible by private donations, Pro Bono work and much personal engagement and commitment.
Helen Oxley December 2018
Annual Report, 2017
Kashikishi, Zambia November 2017
The Orphanage School Project (OVC Support, Orphans and vulnerable Children)
The end of the year 2017 is approaching in leaps and bounds. It is the end of November. In southern Africa the beginning of the rainy season has again transformed the land with a luscious green mantle. Giant cumulus clouds pile up in the skies. The branches of the mighty mango trees are heavy with the ripe, golden yellow fruits. Beyond these, in the evening light, the lambent blue Mwerusee appears, a sign that we, after a long journey will soon have reached Kashikishi. It is the second short visit this year that I, with a small team of representatives of the Basel Development Association for medical collaboration, have paid to Kashikishi and the St. Paul’s Hospital. The first visit was made in February 2017.
The year 2017 was not an easy year. It was overshadowed by the tragic accidental death in December 2016, of our friend and the person chiefly responsible for the Kashikishi project, Thomas Renz.
The chief aim of our visit was to reassure the partners in Zambia, that we want to continue the working collaboration in the same way, and will reallocate the tasks under the responsibility of the Basel Development Association for medical collaboration.
Andreas Nidecker has taken over the management of the Kashikishi project, and I, Beatrice Dolder, the responsibility of the Orphanage School project. In the past recent months, with the help of Jacob Chanda, the local coordinator of the project, I have been able to achieve a good overview. I have, as part of our stay, visited some of our young orphans and half-orphans at the school and also at the St. Paul’s School of Nursing (College) that we support.
We are very proud of the fact that, thanks to the generous donations of our sponsors, we have been able to support 87 pupils in the secondary schools (Junior Secondary School classes 8 - 9, Senior Secondary School classes 10 – 12), and 11 students at the Colleges.
For the school fees we pay, per child, currency converted, approx.. SFR20 to 150 per trimester, i.e. approx.. SFR60 to 450 per year. The fees vary between schools. The boarding schools have higher costs. Year by year the fees of some schools are becoming more expensive.
The catchment area of Kashikishi is very big. For this reason, our supported young people are accommodated in 27 different schools. On our short trips it is therefore not possible to visit all the schools. Some of them are situated too far from each other.
In November, at the time of our visit, many young people were taking the examinations. In order to progress from Junior Secondary School i.e. after the 9th class, to the Senior Secondary School 10th class, a minimum average grade mark is required. At the end of the schooling, the end of the 12th class, a graduation exam is demanded. The grade mark average is important for a subsequent entrance to a college. This year, 20 of our supported pupils were able to complete their schooling.
We hope naturally, that we can support them further at a college, so that they can afterwards work in a profession that they dream of.
Jacob Chanda drove us in his car to several nearby situated schools. We visited the Nchelenge Secondary School, a day school and a boarding school, where 25 of our pupils attend school. For the 11th and 12th classes, many move to live in the school, in order to be able to concentrate better on the work. It was quiet in the school, exam time! Many were taking their exams, or were waiting for the results. We were invited into the office of the school principal, Mrs Chituma. She had taken over this position at the Nchelenge Secondary School at the end of November. Her previous job was the substitute school principal of a school in Mansa. Her children still live in Mansa with her sister, and her husband is a teacher in Lusaka.
The only pupil that we met was Stephen Chipulu. He will enter his last school year in 2018, and dreams of becoming either a pilot, doctor or male nurse. We had to learn that one of our supported young girls was on maternity leave. It happens unfortunately quite often that girls become mothers at a very young age. We firmly hope that she can continue her schooling at a later date.
“Nnchelenge Secondary School”(February 2017)
“Nnchelenge Secondary School”(February 2017)
Stephen Chipulu, 11th class, “Nchelenge Secondary School, November 2017
I had heard a lot about the Ray of Joy Primary School. This time we had the opportunity to get to know this school. It was founded and is supported by Swiss doctors for orphan children. The school has only 8 classrooms. 7 teachers instruct 1200 children from the 1st to the 9th class. Every class has 40 to 70 children. They either go to school in the mornings or the afternoons. We got to meet Abigirl Kalende and Mushota Kelvin, both in the 8th class.
Abigirl Kalende und Mushota Kelvin, “Ray of Joy Primary School”, 8th class
Abigirl und Mushota in their class, “Ray of Joy Primary School”
Also in the Mutono Secondary School, which I was visiting for the third time, and where I already know through our project, some of our supported young people, it was quiet in the playground. I would have gladly met the bright Clara Mukobe or the already 30 year old David Mwandu. Clara had already taken her examinations and was waiting for the results. For David it wasn’t possible to go to school for many years, because his parents had died. Only through the Orphan School Project could he grace the school bench. At this school we also got to know Wilmot. A clever boy, who stands out, because he is a lot smaller than his colleagues. The reason is a developmental defect of his jaw joint, which over the years has made it impossible for him to eat properly. We want to help this young boy further and plan a jaw operation by specialists in Switzerland (see “A Jaw for Wilmot”). We pay the school fees for 13 pupils at the Mutono School. The principal, Mwansa Tarsisias is also on the board of the St. Paul’s Hospital, and choir master of the church choir.
“Mutono Secondary School” (February 2017)
In the middle: David Mwandu (11th class), Wilmot Masumbuko (10th class) and Clara Mukobe (12th class)
On our special school trip, Jacob Chanda took us to the Mweru Secondary School, where the principal, Mr Mulengajc gave us a little tour. After we had seen several classrooms, where teaching was taking place, we discovered under a big tree in the outside area, a few pupils of the 8th and 9th classes busy with drawing. We gave them our crayons from Switzerland that we had brought with us.
Mweru Secondary School (November 2017)
Mweru Secondary School (November 2017)
As already mentioned, 20 pupils completed their schooling this year. Some of them wish to complete a higher education, in other words, attend a college. To show how sustained our support for a higher education can be, we want to relate the visit to Doreen Chalambwe at the Mabel Shaw Girls Secondary School. It was a hot afternoon and we were on the way with Jacob Chanda, in the car. The journey lasted a good hour. We were fascinated by the different cloud formations in the skies. It would soon rain again.
Doreen is the best example of a successful education for one of our supported young people. She has been a teacher at this school since 2014, and teaches economics. She was supported through the Orphan School Project from the 10th class through the higher education as a teacher. (see Annual Report 2016).
Doreen Chilambwe with the headteacher Moreblessing Ng'onomo at Mabel Shaw Girls Secondary School
Doreen would also love to attain the “Degree for Commercial Subjects”. She cannot afford to do this though at the moment with the money she earns, because this is needed by her family, for whom she carries a lot of responsibility. Doreen wants to be a good role model for lots of young people, who, like herself, have lost their parents at a young age. Among these could definitely Reginah Kabinda (8th class), Dyness Nachalwe (10th class) and Joan Sunga. M (11th class) be counted, 3 of the 4 girls that we support in this school, and which we were able to get to know. Their plans to study medicine, to become a dentist or English teacher, show their motivation.
Reginah Kabinda (class 8), Dyness Nachalwe (class 10) und Joan Sunga. M (class 11) at Mabel Shaw Girls Secondary School (November 2017)
A favorite for a higher education is the St. Paul’s School of Nursing. A two year training and a three year training (Registered Nurse with Diploma) are offered. This requires also well educated tutors. Emmanuel Chisala is an instructor at the School of Nursing and, with our support for a higher education, completed the Bachelor of Nursing Science at the UNZAS Ridgeway Campus. He will continue teaching at the St. Paul’s School of Nursing, and in addition, wants to complete the Master of Public Health (18 months). I was also able to meet Emmanuel Kalifungwa, Barbara Bwale, Ernest Chalwe and Felix Chanda C, all graduates of the St. Paul’s Nursing School.
Emmanuel Chisala, Tutor and IT specialist at St. Pauls’ School of Nursing (November 2017)
Emmanuel Kalifunga, Barbara Bwale, Ernest Chalwe und Felix Chanda C at St. Pauls’ School of Nursing (November 2017)
Unfortunately it was not possible for me to visit more students at other colleges, because they were too far away.
Those who are given the opportunity of an education, know what an advantage in life it is!
Thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors, we are able in 2018 to continue to support 87 pupils at the secondary schools, and want to additionally take on 15 students, as shown on the following list for higher education (colleges). The yearly fees at the colleges stretch from SFR 260 to 1600. We hope to facilitate the education of craftsmen, such as carpenters and electricians also.
The budget worksheet for the higher education colleges as per December 2017.The price quotations are in Zambian Kwachas.
In the name of the Basel Development Association, I would like to thank all the financial donors, especially the Rotary Club Augst Raurica, the Roman Catholic Church of the City of Basel, the Swisslos Fund of the canton Basel Land, and many private donors.
Béatrice Dolder December 2017
These children want to stay in school.Please support them
Schoolproject for Orphans in Kashkishi, Zambia
Report 2016 (October)
On Sept 28th in 2016 we visited Kashkishi. From all directions children came running and managed to form a large crowd. As in all African countries large numbers of children are usual and are typical also for our village. Sister Catherine Tente, the head nurse of the hosptial, and her team and the students of the nursing and midwifery schools cordially welcomed us with a nice and gay choir performance.
One reason for the trip to Kashikishi was to inform ourselfs on the continued course of the orphan schoolproject and to discuss progress with the responsible persons. As vacations were over and the new school year had already started , we had the opportunity to visit a few schools and make contact with the heads of the institutions, the teachers and some of the students.
Jacob Chanda is the person locally responsible for the orphan-schoolproject. In earlier times he was a teacher but recently has started to work for HBC the Home Based Care. He takes care of HIV positive and AIDS patients at their homes, e.g. by checking their regular medication intake. On his many home visits he noted, that children of sick parents or those, whose parents had died, frequently have no means to continue with school attendance. With the help of the Basel Association for Medical Cooperation he took on the resonsibility for the orphan- school-project. Presently around 80 students are supported. In addition there are now even a few whose higher education we sponsor at the college level : some will be teachers, others nurses or clinical officers. Jacob Chanda has accompanied us to a number of schools in the vicinity of the village of Kashkishi.
In the « Mutono Secondary School » we were introduced to the principal Mr. Mwansa. He thanked for the support by the HBC, Jacob Chanda and made possible by the Basle Association for Medical Cooperation. He would like additional financial help to allow schooling for 8 more orphans. In one classroom we met 6 of the supported students. Two of them, Clara and David, quite enthousiastically gave us a very vivid story from their school and their future plans.
The school does not have enough classrooms, for which reason exterior rooms had to be built. In one of them we visited students of the 10th schoolyear.
Mutono Secondary School
age: 17 years
likes Civic Education
wants to be a Nurse
age: 30 years
his favorite subject: Agricultural Science
David missed to go to school for 3 years
Thanks to the sponsorship he has now the possibility to visit school
In the « Mweru School » we had the chance to talk with 3 of 8 supported students of the school project on their every day ex-perience in school and their professional plans. Peggy, Memor and Goodson were a bit shy when we met them. All three indicated that english was their favorite subject. Goodson additionally liked Geography. The girls favored science and Memor additionally Mathematics. Peggy and Memor were dreaming to become nurses and Goodson would like to get a chance to study Medicine or Engineer at an University.
age: 18 years
favorite subjects: Geography and English
wants to be a Doctor or an Engineer
he sees a chance to go to the University
age: 17 years
favorite subjects: Science and English
age: 16 years
has good results
favorite subjects: Englisch, Mathematics and Science
wants to be a Nurse
At the « Nchelenge Senior Secondary School » we sponsor 40 youth who are visiting school as interns, in a so called « Border School ». This school teaches a total of 1000 students, out of which 600 are interns. 11 of the 40 orphans were very open towards us. They accompanied us on a walk through the schoolgrounds and we were allowed to visit their dormitories. Those are very sparsely equipped. The young people complained, that they were not given mattrasses and were forced to sleep on woodplanks and that they frequently were hungry. All of them, however, gave a very alert impression and had interesting plans for their future , as medicine, journa- lism, teaching, engineering. We obviously hope, to be able to make their wishes and careers come true.
As an example for a successfull education we would like to present the 27 year old Doreen Chilambwe, which we visited at the « Mabel Shaw Girls Secondary School » . Since 2014 she is a teacher at this school in economy and business. She was one of the supported students in our school project since her 10th schoolyear and throughout College. Doreen is vey proud that 2 weeks after finishing her studies as future teacher she got a position at this school and would like to be a good example to the many youths, who like her have lost their parents . Furthermore she plans to do a Master Course and finish with a Diploma at the « College for Commercial Subjects » and she plans to do this with the money she earns herself as teacher.
Doreen Chilambwe,teacher at "Mabel Shaw Girls Secondary School"
Doreen Chilambwe with Moreblessing Ng'onomo, Head teacher of "Mabel Shaw Girls Secondary School"
In summary we conclude from the discussions we had with the many students and the reonsible persons at the different institutions that the schoolproject indeed is running smoothly and is of great help for the many students we can support. It is self explaining that a sound basic education is a precondition for a sustainable professional development. And this is only possilbe with corresponding financial support.