WE DID IT!!!
BZT CHAIRMAN AWARDED MBE IN NEW YEARS HONOUR LIST
One of the eagerly awaited occasions at this time of year is the New Year’s Honours list and amongst the Surrey names for 2021 is Patricia Napier who has been awarded an MBE for her work with communities in Zambia. Patricia, who lives near Rudgwick at the southern border of the County with her husband Robert Napier, first worked in Zambia fifty years ago as a VSO volunteer and later established a charity whose aim has been to improve lives in remote areas, an aim that has certainly been accomplished having changed the lives of thousands of people and provided a better future for generations to come in 18 rural communities.
In order to help fund these support programmes Patricia set up the ‘Baynards Zambia Trust’ (BZT) in the UK which raises funds solely for ZRDF and along with support from other organizations they have funded ZRDF for the last 25 years.
The success has been largely due to the holistic approach of the Zambian Charity - Zambia Rainbow Development Foundation (ZRDF), an operational charity based in the Mkushi and Luano regions of Zambia which helps very isolated Zambian communities become self sufficient by way of improving access to education, including the building of schools and facilities, teaching farming practices to provide more nutritious food and generate income, creating village banks run by members of the Community, most especially women, and establishing HIV and AIDS programmes.
BZT has been part of the BIG GIVE initiative where the generosity of the British people funded a classroom block, hand washing facilities, toilets and teacher’s houses in two schools, Kamimbya and Chibombo. These are two very typical communities that were cut off from society and struggling with poverty, health and poor education – new schools change the lives of the entire community leading to a much brighter future for generations to come and whilst the support of ZRDF is ongoing, the long term result is that the people themselves become self-sufficient and have longer and healthier lives.
Patricia adds “I am of course delighted to receive this recognition, which is a reflection of the hard work by a great many people both in Zambia and the UK. ZRDF and BZT could not have achieved so much without the considerable expertise and hard work of ZRDF Director - Brandy Mungaila and his team in Zambia, the hard working Trustees of both organisations and the generosity of our supporters and friends. Our 2020/22 programme is well underway which involves expansion into yet more isolated communities and the ability to improve the live chances of many more people.”
NEW HAND WASHING FACILITIES IN ZAMBIAN SCHOOLS – A HELPING HAND FROM OUR GENEROUS DONORS
We are delighted some generous donors to the Baynards Zambia Trust are funding hand washing facilities across all of the 18 schools which BZT has been supporting in very isolated communities. Handwashing is so important to stop the spread of Covid 19 and also for general hygiene. The construction is now underway.
The facilities comprise a raised water tank and tap which is attached to a 3 metre horizontal perfected pipe so many children together can access the water on each side and wash their hands! This will not only benefit school pupils, but many others as the school site acts as a hub for community activities such as adult literacy classes, meetings of women involved in village banks, as well as farmers’ meetings.
A population of 90,000 will benefit from this initiative which will save lives and improve health.
Thank you to those who have made this possible.
Boole Youth Day Celebration draws a big crowd!
Social behavioural change was taught to the youths and some of the adults who attended the football event as it is a big crowd puller. Condom use and abstinence from sex were advocated by the HIV and AIDS Programmes Officer.
Boole, Lwanshya and Kaundula all gathered in Boole to have a football tournament. Attendance was 490 with a majority of youths. - Shatulo Chikumbe - Monitoring and Evaluation Programmes Officer - ZRDF.
BZT Awarded £50,000 Grant for Education Officer from UK Aid Direct.
The grant from the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF), the Department for International Development (DFID) fund supporting charities to achieve sustained poverty reduction, will make a big difference to the standard of Education in the area supported by BZT and its partner ZRDF.