Trust Community School was established in March 2005 to serve the growing number of orphaned and vulnerable children in the Racecourse community in Kitwe. Its vision and mission is “to give support to people living with HIV/Aids, as well as providing schooling to orphaned and vulnerable children, thus promoting self-reliance.” As a Community school, Trust does not qualify for government funding, so it fights a constant battle to find the resources needed to keep it running, supported by volunteers from the community.
In March 2012, visiting MAC members were introduced to Trust School and to one of its Trustees, Bruce Mubanga, a local youth worker. Since that time donations from our supporters have been used to fund training for three teachers and to pay for teachers’ allowances, rental costs, examination fees, teaching materials and school meals for the children. We have also funded the construction of new latrines.
The visiting team was also introduced to Hendricks Chilufa, one of the School Coordinators, who showed them the dilapidated classrooms and woefully limited teaching materials. At that time there were over 300 children attending the School. In March 2021 there were 216 pupils from pre-school to Grade 7. We hope that our support for the Food Programme will make it possible for more children to attend in the coming months and years.
Trust School currently has seven volunteer and student teachers and two support workers, none of whom receive a regular salary.