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The Maureen Vincent Memorial School

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In her lifetime Maureen Vincent visited Zambia on several occasions where she was always amazed by the smiling faces of the children, despite their desperate living conditions. She undertook some projects to enhance the lives of young vulnerable Zambian Children. It was therefore a natural conclusion after her death that her Zambian charity work should not be forgotten.

Malcolm, Maureen’s husband, along with friends Ross and Kirsteen Leventhal, set about finding a worthy project in Zambia in order to celebrate Maureen’s life. It was very important that the project reflected Maureen’s Christian belief and her love of the Zambian children. The building of a pre-school seemed a perfect choice.

With the help of Malcolm and Maureen’s friend, Ellen Mulenga, who is a leading figure in the United Church of Zambia, we set about finding a suitable project.

Kangonga is a small rural community on the outskirts of Ndola in the Copper belt region of Zambia. It is typical of many of the rural communities in Zambia where most of the population live in poverty and have little hope of breaking the poverty cycle. The church leaders in Kangonga were desperate to build a pre-school within the village to give the most vulnerable children in their community a good start to their education and to give them some vision for the future.

After a visit to Kangonga in November 2013 Malcolm, Ross and Kirsteen donated the money to help the community build the classrooms and fund the teachers. The Maureen Vincent Memorial School (MVM) opened in January 2015 with 33 children.

Over last few years we have continued to work very closely with the school board to make sure that school continues to thrive.

The task of the charity now is to maintain and grow the school for future generations of children. We now have over 90 children and growing.

Zambia The Facts

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As in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa the need for support in Zambia is obvious. One only needs to read a few facts and figures to be convinced that this is a country worthy of our attention.

Zambia’s population of about 15 million is faced with a mature and generalized HIV epidemic, accounting for one of the highest adult prevalence rates in the world about 14.3 percent nationally. There is also widespread poverty and food insecurity in rural and urban areas. It is estimated that 64 percent of Zambia’s population lives in poverty. Poverty in areas is exacerbated by the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS.  And life expectancy is only 37 years.

Zambia’s economy has been in decline for the last 2 decades.

Whilst Zambia has one of the better school systems in the African sub continent it simply does not have enough schools. Most children particularly girls do not stay on at school past the age of 11. This figure is probably worse in more rural areas.

Kangonga – Where is it?

Well, you won’t find it on a map!

It can be found down a dusty road approximately 8km away from the city of Ndola. Ndola was once the gem of the copper belt region of Zambia. In recent years due to foreign competition the copper industry has been in decline. This has had a huge impact on the outlying communities of the city as the more the copper mining industry went in to decline the fewer jobs were available in the city.

Kangonga is home to people who try to etch out a living by seasonal work in the surrounding fields. Failing crops dues to the lack of rain over the last few years have hampered the agriculture industry and thus the ability of the villagers to find work. The social impact on the village has been further exacerbated in recent years by the Zambian government withdrawing funding of a home for disabled adults that was situated on the edge of the village. The villagers with their strong Christian ethics have absorbed these people into their community.

The Team

The Team

Our dedicated team who work tirelessly to change the lives of many!

Kirsteen Leventhal
Kirsteen Leventhal

Kirsteen Leventhal

Trustee

Barry Lee
Barry Lee

Barry Lee

Trustee

Robert Vincent
Robert Vincent

Robert Vincent

Trustee

Ross Leventhal
Ross Leventhal

Ross Leventhal

Fund Raiser

Robbie Leventhal
Robbie Leventhal

Robbie Leventhal

Fund Raiser

Our new target is £5,000 for a Playground and Security Fence.

Raised so far £2,934
Goal: £5,000

We are delighted that our target of £8,000 for the ablution block has been achieved.   The response was excellent; many thanks to all who gave so generously to Ross’ appeal.

We are now raising funds for a Playground and Security Fence with a target of £5,000.   We have made a great start towards this target since the start of October.  Please help us to reach it.

What we do

What we do

The objects of the charity are to relieve poverty and to advance the education of children in Kangonga, Zambia, by operating, supporting and providing facilities for a primary school.
Our Mission is:

1To raise funds in the UK to support the School Board in establishing a primary school for the community of Kangonga.

2.To develop the community's understanding of the importance and benefits of education as a tool for ending extreme poverty and expanding the children’s horizons and opportunities.

3.To ensure that the children are provided with a sustainable, early years, holistic education.

4.To promote a self-help development programme to provide an educational, social and economic hub for the community.

Our registered UK charity number is 1166964.

Big Thank You

Supporting Organisations

A huge thank you to all our corporate sponsors. Without you much of work would be impossible.

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The Kids’ Stories

The School has helped me play with toys, know how  to color shapes, how to count numbers, even play cute and inventive games which help me not to feel left out and school is important because it will help me to become a nurse.

Florence Kasonde

The School has helped me to know how to greet in English, sing the national anthem and very nice songs like “twinkle twinkle”, and my teacher has also showed me how  to color shapes, count numbers, even play cute and inventive games  which help me not to feel left out and my teacher tells me if i work  hard in school i will become an engineer.

Elvis Kabwe

The School has helped me play with my friends, know how to color shapes, how to love my friends. I have also leant how how to color the flag of Zambia, how to count numbers, and school will help me to become a pilot in the Zambia Air Force.

Kennedy Mwashya

The School has helped me know how to colour shapes, it has also helped
me learn how to speak english to friends, it has also tought me about the flag of zambia, how to count numbers, and my school teacher tells me school will help me become a doctor. I really want to be a doctor.

Moses Sikanyika

How You Can Help

How You Can Help

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Contact Us

Contact Us

We are always pleased to hear from you. Find our contact details below

Email

info@MVMschool.org

Address

Reg Office: 21 Langcliffe Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorks., HG2 8JQ

Phone

HP : +(44) 1423 504346

Our registered UK charity number is 1166964.