Ipalo Christian School (ICS)- A Zambia’s Child initiative
Kasompe, Chingola - Opened in January, 2013
Chingola is home to one of the biggest copper mines in the Southern Hemisphere. The community of Kasompe is about ten minutes’ drive from the centre of Chingola.
Ipalo Christian School (ICS) in Kasompe, was opened in January, 2013 with the first Grade 1 class, teacher and caretaker. Ipalo means “blessing” in the local Bemba language. There are currently 285 students from Grade 1 to Grade 9 attending school, consisting of orphans and vulnerable children. They are provided with a nutritious meal at lunch time each day, as well as a morning or afternoon snack.
Obtaining land in Chingola has been challenging, and it has taken many years to acquire the school site. We thank God for His amazing provision of land, through extremely supportive and generous sponsors, who have assisted with the purchase of land and fundraising efforts, as well as much of the first stage of building work. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for this amazing support. The total land area purchased is over 2.5 hectares, which allows provision for expansion as the school grows, as well as the ability to develop our own sports facilities as funds become available.
We have also commenced planting and growing fruit and vegetables, and some small scale farming, which will provide food for the children in our care, and give some element of sustainability for the school. Eventually we hope to see the school grow to meet the needs of over 800 children in the area (these are children who come from such disadvantaged families that they would not otherwise be attending school as they could not afford the associated fees). As the school develops it will enable us to provide employment for members of the local community, improving the lives of many people in the area. As well as teachers, we envisage employing gardeners, maintenance staff, tailors, cooks, cleaners, bus drivers, security staff, administration staff, social worker and others.
We ask for your continued prayers and support as we seek to fundraise for further building works to develop ICS in the future.
Our vision also includes adult empowerment, skills training and literacy classes – these began in 2013 and are ongoing.
Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring a student or a teacher, or contributing to building work or other local community needs.