-Latest News Last month Dedama School was lucky enough to be supported by wonderful friends in Australia. A fund raising dinner was held at Bamiyan Afghani Restaurant in Five Dock, Sydney. Forty people enjoyed a large variety of tasty snacks and curries provided by the very friendly staff. Annie Cook kindly provided a raffle prize- a hand woven basket from Kenya filled with delicious treats from Tarana Farmer's markets. Dorothy, Sonia and Joan updated the group with current information. This included news that enough funds had been raised by donations to be able to cover the cost of another 6 interactive tablets for Dedama students. Teachers' salaries and meals for the children can also be paid for. The committee would like to thank all donors for their contributions both on the night and through donations received through deposits.
Part of 2016 annual report from the Founder Edna Choongo Results and Risks: Is it probable that the project/program will achieve its goals or is there a risk of major changes? The program will achieve its goals if our friends will continue with the generous support to help the children and the teachers. The founder, teachers and the board are trying to find ways of sustaining the school and this is evidenced from the efforts they have continued with the broiler chicken project. The Broiler Chicken Project has added to the staff allowances in that the profits are shared as shown in the table below although this is done after the 7th or 8th week when the birds are ready to be sold. In this term, the little profit will be given at the end of January next term as these birds are being sold now while the teachers and workers are on holiday. The biggest threat to the project is the very high cost of feeds and medication. This year we plan to plant a little field of maize.
* How has the financial assistance helped/impacted on the program/project especially on the beneficiaries? The principal beneficiaries are the children whose future is bleak without basic education. These children find themselves in this situation due to deaths of their parents because of the dreaded HIV/AIDS pandemic, poverty and harsh economic hardships. The teachers are highly motivated because they are assured of their monthly allowances. We are hopeful that this year’s Grade 7 results will be better than last year because all administrative work was taken off the shoulders of the Grade 7 teacher for him to concentrate of teaching. We are very grateful to our friends in Australia who have assisted us and continue assisting us. The major change and biggest threat will come when there will be no funding to sustain the teachers. The future of these children we have set out to help lies in the kindness of people like you all.