A School that is part of CCAP

Lundazi is a town that serves the rural area around it. Kabinda Day High School (otherwise known as Mphamba Day High School) is located on the edge of town, in a very remote setting. The people living around the school — known as the Tumbuka Tribe — have an agricultural background and exist on a variety of socio-economic levels from subsistence farmers to mid-income professionals.

The Facilities

Kabinda Day High School, which consists of 8 classrooms in 3 separate buildings, recently saw the addition of a new laboratory building with the assistance of HANDS Teams to improve their science department.  The government has begun to require that all high schools have laboratories, and giving Kabinda students this practical, hands-on learning will greatly improve their opportunities to further their education.

The new 31m x 7m building houses 2 science labs and storage rooms. When not in use for science experiments, these laboratories will double as additional classrooms. Such extra space was sorely needed at Kabinda, where the average number of students in each class is 65!  While CCAP's preference is no more than 45, they have allowed a larger student population because of the great shortage of high schools in the area.  Kabinda will require more classrooms in the near future to continue to accommodate an increasing number of students graduating from nearby elementary schools.

The Community

Kabinda now serves 650 students who travel from as far as 80 km away to study there. 167 of these students have lost one or both of their parents.

The Lundazi community has been incredibly involved in the development of this high school.  Named after a small stream that borders its property, Kabinda High is located right across the street from the local chief’s palace.  Chief Mphamba gave the land to the school and worked very hard to establish it.  He and his people built 2 classrooms with their own resources and continue to make all the bricks for any construction needs.  For the recent science lab addition, they made 350,000 bricks in 6 months.  The community also provided all the stone and sand and contributed to the work on the building from start to finish.

The Face of Christ

HANDS Teams have been fully blessed by their experiences at Kabinda - as they have been a blessing to this community.  A member of the community told a HANDS Team member, "When we see the team working alongside us on the school, what we see is the face of Christ.

Jun 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

It's amazing seeing them make their own bricks. I guess it's not as simple as buying them from Home Depot there.

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