Bolton teachers’ aim is to improve African lives in Zambia

A farewell assembly at Mulenga School for the teachers from Bolton

Classrooms packed with more than 120 children

Louise Boardman, Debs Brooks, Angela Caswell and Abbie Lee with school staff and pupils

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , news feature writer

NO security, dirty water and surrounded by life- threatening disease.

This is what children at Mulenga Compound in Kitwe, Zambia, have to face on a daily basis.

So when four teachers from Bolton visited the school, they were so touched by the positivity of the pupils they decided to go on a fundraising drive to raise money to make their environment safe.

Debs Brooks, who works at Bury College, along with Louise Boardman and Angela Caswell, who teach at Mytham Primary School in Little Lever, and Abbie Lee, a youth worker from the Farnworth and Worsley Methodist Circuit, visited the school, thanks to help from Connecting Classroom Funding.

They were shocked to see the conditions that the 120-pupil classroom had to contend with on a daily basis, including disease and poverty.

But despite this, they were welcomed with warmth and respect from the pupils and teaching staff. Mrs Brooks, who lives in Churchill Drive, Little Lever, described the trip as “life-changing”.

The group now aims to raise money to make the school safe by building a fence, creating a supply of clean water and decorating the classrooms. Mrs Brooks, aged 42, said: “The children there were wonderful. We were treated like queens throughout the trip.

“They all wanted to shake our hands and say hello.

“The welcome we received was like nothing we have ever seen before.

“At one stage we were teaching them how to make loom bands, which they all loved.

“You watch the clips on TV, but until you stand there with then you don’t ever really understand. It was a life-changing experience.”

The teachers want to create a safe environment for the children at Mulenga by building the fence.

Mrs Brooks said: “The fence will cost £22,000 and we will be fundraising for that next month.

“That will at least make the building secure, and then we can look at the permanent clean water supply and then decorating the classrooms.

“We take things like this for granted in this country. Whilst we were there we lived in a Christian hotel, which was a bit like a Travelodge.

“It was awful knowing that we were enjoying clean water there whilst down the road the locals were drinking potentially dangerous water.

“It was very humbling.”

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12:26pm Sat 16 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

NO security, dirty water and surrounded by life- threatening disease.




Just like living in Farnworth.
NO security, dirty water and surrounded by life- threatening disease. Just like living in Farnworth. mrs philainsy
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6:42pm Sat 16 Aug 14

mark donaldson says...

There are plenty of Africans in Bolton; no need to travel to Africa to help them.
There are plenty of Africans in Bolton; no need to travel to Africa to help them. mark donaldson
  • Score: 3

9:37am Sun 17 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

Send Aid, Food For Weapons We Give Bread They Give Us There Weapons.
Send Aid, Food For Weapons We Give Bread They Give Us There Weapons. Gore Seer
  • Score: -2

5:25pm Sun 17 Aug 14

AndyMorton says...

How's about sorting bolton out before any other place
How's about sorting bolton out before any other place AndyMorton
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7:00am Mon 18 Aug 14

AdamPA says...

Need to raise money for some of the posters on here to maybe travel a bit of the world to get over their xenophobia. Oh yeah and maybe to learn the grammar of the English language.
Need to raise money for some of the posters on here to maybe travel a bit of the world to get over their xenophobia. Oh yeah and maybe to learn the grammar of the English language. AdamPA
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