Trust Community School was established on March 15th 2005 to serve the growing number of orphaned and vulnerable children in the Racecourse community in Kitwe. The School receives no funding from the government so it fights a constant battle, supported by volunteers from the community, to find the resources needed to keep it running.
The School is registered with the Registrar of Societies in Zambia. 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.”
In 2012 Adrian Hendy, a supporter of MAC, introduced us to Trust School and to their Trustee Bruce Mubanga, a local youth worker. Since then we have used some of our donations to pay teachers’ allowances, rental costs, examination fees and teaching materials. Other international support funds the provision of school meals.
In March 2012 a team from MAC visited the School. They were introduced to Hendrick 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 January 2016 the school role comprised 153 boys and 178 girls, from pre-school to Grade 7.
Trust School currently has seven volunteer and student teachers and two support workers, none of whom receive a regular salary. MAC is currently funding the distance training of three teachers over a period of three years to enable them to become qualified. They are Sila Muhanga, George Nkumbula and Chellah Sichula, the Head Teacher.