Kondwa Day Centre & Kachele Primary School
Day Center and education in Zambia
Kondwa means “be happy”. The Kondwa
complex consists of three divisions:
1: Kondwa is a day-care centre for 100 orphans:
Founded in 2000 by Angela Malik, Kondwa is situated in the slums of Lusaka. Many of the children at the centre have taken care of their own sick parents during the last days of their lives. They are often young and even at this early age, are already familiar with the heavy burden of responsibility.
The 100 children at Kondwa receive psychological support to deal with the loss of their parents, medical help where necessary and two meals a day. The children also receive pre-school education so that they can move on to primary education without any difficulty. The children come from a very involved community and the orphans sleep at the homes of ‘guardians’. These guardians are volunteers who have been carefully selected by Angela Malik. The guardians see to it that the orphans are accommodated within their own community.
2: Seko Home for abused orphan girls aged 9 to 16:
Ten girls live in the Seko Home with a housemother who is responsible for their day-to-day care. The girls are also supported by a psychologist who helps them work through the traumatic experiences that have brought them to Seko Home. Special attention and health education is given to the girls who are HIV positive
3: Pa Kachele Primary School:
Pa Kachele primary school was officially opened on the 25th of March 2011. Pa Kachele is linked to the Kondwa Day Care Centre as the pre-school education offered at Kondwa acts as a feeder school to the Pa Kachele primary school. At present, the school accommodates children from the first grade up to, and including, the fifth grade. As the children grow, the sixth and seventh grade classes will be introduced enabling the children to complete their primary school education at Pa Kachele.
The school has recently added a computer room. Right next to the school is a beautiful big vegetable garden that is carefully maintained by volunteers from the community. In exchange for their labour they are allowed to take some vegetables home with them.
Thanks to the garden, the school and the day-care centre have a regular supply of fresh vegetables. The centre is in the process of establishing a chicken coop.