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CONTESA Announces Enhanced Education Sponsorship Programme for AIDS Orphans in Zambia

Photos from trips CONTESA trustees, supporters and friends have made to Zambia

Press release:  CONTESA announced the enhancement of the CONTESA Education Sponsorship Programme, which will sponsor the secondary education of students from Family Futures Community School, Kabwe and Messiah Mission Community School in Lusaka.

These 2 CONTESA supported schools take over 1300 children who would otherwise be unable to afford even the modest charges for government schools because orphaned or otherwise vulnerable. Children can attend up to Grade 9 (end of lower secondary level), and at both schools results are excellent due to consistent dedication by pupils and teachers.

The Enhanced Education Programme was created to assist students leaving these schools with grades that qualify them for Upper Secondary level which is only provided by government schools that require fees to be paid for tuition, uniforms and books. This will take them to Grade 12 (A level equivalent). The Education Sponsorship Programme started modestly with a few students from the two CONTESA supported community schools who graduated from Grade 9 in 2009 and, as qualifying numbers increase, about 60-80 young people a year become eligible. Kathryn Barron, CONTESA Trustee and Sponsorship coordinator, says “The aim of the programme is to give these students hope and opportunity for the future and to help regenerate communities. We have already seen success through the programme and our goal is to increase the number of students sponsored through the Education Sponsorship Programme to reach a total of about 200 in the 3-year programme.”

Careful vetting has been carried out by CONTESA to ensure the students entitled for the sponsorship programme adhere to certain eligibility criteria, including:

Students are to be single or double orphans, or otherwise in vulnerable circumstances, with no means of affording school fees
Students must have completed grade 9 in the CONTESA supported schools (Kabwe Futures Community School or Messiah Mission Community School) with National exam qualifying grades and the attitude and aptitude for further education.

To support a student with fees, uniform and books costs £130 per year. There are various opportunities for sponsorship available. Donations of any amount can be made into the sponsorship programme and be allocated as needed, or for a pledged £130/year (or £11/month) for 3 years, donors can sponsor a named orphan and be provided with the orphan’s details including a photo, reports and exam results as available. For all students progress is monitored and reported regularly by our Zambian colleagues.

For further information on the Education Sponsorship Programme please contact Kathryn@contesacharity.co.uk
NB: CONTESA, is a UK registered charity (1109311) devoted to supporting AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia. Orphans, malnutrition and basic education are major challenges in Zambia and these are CONTESA‘s main areas of support. http://www.contesacharity.org/

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