African News August 2012

This report is from a young woman from Kamtolo (Lundazi area in Zambia’s Eastern Province), now a college student in the USA. She mentions two outstanding teachers: Ired and Chrispin Phiri, sponsored by our wonderful Oasis Life partners.

A few weeks ago I asked George Phiri (now assisting Ronald in the national office in Lusaka and once a business person assisting teachers of thousands of pupils in Eastern Zambia) to try to locate this former pupil who had won some
national scholarships.

While I naturally appreciated her gracious spirit in saying thanks to me, the real target of this thanks is our sponsors. Together we now have many thousands of pupils who read and speak well.
We are grateful to the Zambian teachers who taught her. Pleasereceive their thanks as well as hers.

These are excerpts from her lengthy letter.

Hi Mr. Carson,

My name is Eneli Lungu. I was a tiny girl who felt shy when you were visiting Kamtolo. I used to hide because I was afraid
of talking to you in English, but then I would want to wave at you when you were leaving.

I started school at Kamtolo Alpha community school in Lundazi, Zambia in 1997. You came to visit our school, to bring us learning materials (Let’s Speak English and Let’s Read English). At the time, I didn’t appreciate what that meant: we were just happy to see you. But as time went by, I began to realize how great it was that you travelled thousands of miles to provide us with knowledge and that you gave your time to help us even though you did not know us. That motivated me to really work hard at school. Still today, it is my inspiration.

In 2000, I went to the capital city (Lusaka) to continue my education there, as I qualified for a scholarship from the Pestalozzi World Foundation: their mission is to provide a practical secondary education for deprived children in some of the poorest countries in Africa and Asia. Each year they go to rural areas to select children whose parents cannot afford their school fees: the selected children write an exam. Whoever passes qualifies for a sponsorship. I qualified and was sponsored until 9th Grade. After that I had to go back to Lundazi and continue my education there. It was hard because high school is very expensive compared to primary school. I did not get discouraged that my parents could not afford to pay my school fees.

Sometimes I would stay at home for the whole school term until I found money for school fees. After about a year, I applied for and received a college scholarship from United World College in India. This was August 2007 when I was in my 11th grade (term two) in Lundazi.

After I received my diploma there, I was able to apply for college in the USA. I am currently studying Business administration in Missouri. I am in my third year.

I realize how blessed I am. All this was possible because of what you did for my community in Lundazi. If it was not for you I would not be where I am now. You helped me learn how to read and work hard in school.
That prepared me for what was to come in the future. I forgot to mention that I am the niece to (teachers) Ired and Chrispin Phiri of Kamtolo Alpha community school.

Eneli T Lungu

Thank you from Bob Carson

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