News from the Ground

'A Great Change has been Noted in Both the Teachers and the Pupils'
(Teacher, Mujika West Community School)

Back in the summer we did a condensed pilot version of the Schools of Good Hope Project with three community schools, which we have continued to work with. Training the volunteer teachers in even the most simple of classroom techniques has had a big impact on the schools already and recent feedback from the parents, teachers and the wider community shows they have really noticed a difference!

'seating plans has changed behaviour as it makes pupils feel like they have their own place where they belong' (Teacher, Chisila Community School) 

'children are interested in coming to school because of the games we have introduced into lessons' (Teacher, Mujika West Community School) 

‘We have seen an improvement in the pupils and in the quality of the teaching’ (Parents, Chisila Community School) 

‘The teachers’ confidence, skills and knowledge has improved and classes are smiling, active and happy. Even the teacher is happy now!’ (Mazabuka Community member)



Top of the Pops!

helen1Woohoo! At the time of writing, we’re top of the leader board in the Global Giving fundraising challenge! Well done everybody and thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far to add their name to our Great Big Christmas Card! Your support has been AMAZING and we are so grateful! We are just under halfway through the challenge and thanks to your generosity, we are on track to win £1500 for raising the most money!! At the moment, we only need another eight people to donate online and we will be in the lead for the highest number of individual online donors as well! This would win us another £500! With a bit of a push, I know we can do it! Total prize money of £2000 would make a massive difference to the desperately poor schools in Zambia that we are supporting, so keep going everyone- this is an awesome team effort! If you haven’t donated yet, it’s not too late - you can donate now -  we have until 22nd December! We’re in it to win it and a small gesture from you will make a BIG difference to us and an even bigger difference to Zambia’s poorest schoolchildren! Thank you so much!


Be a Star! Sign our card!

So our Great Big Christmas Card has had a busy first week of it's campaign! Day two, I took it along to Red Magazine's Hot Women Awards, to see if I could rope in a few celebrities to help! As you can see they obliged, but we still need your help to turn excitement into cash! Over 1000 of Zambia's poorest children need our help to have hope and a future. Please donate today, add your name to our card, and give the gift of Education this Christmas!


Left to right: Radio 1 DJ, Lauren Laverne, Singer, Louise Redknapp and Radio 2 DJ, Jo Whiley


News from the Ground

Vincent Heselwood and Sasha Kasthuriarachchi

Volunteer-teacher-chalkWe visited Mabanze Community School in Mazabuka this week to run teacher training assessments of the untrained volunteers teaching there. One of the things that we discovered is that the school hasn't had chalk for three weeks, and so the teachers have had real difficulty teaching the classes as they have no other resources apart from the blackboard. In some cases, the teachers have sent the pupils home (they usually attend for only half a day anyway) because they don't know what else to do with them. A pack of chalk only costs 47p, and yet this school can't even afford that. It really helps to put things in perspective and also shows us how a little money can really go a long way in improving the education of the children who attend this school. 

So please, donate now!


Hot Competition

PEPAIDS has another exciting opportunity that we want YOU to be involved in and that will help us end 2011 on a high! We have been accepted by GlobalGiving UK to participate in its Gateway Challenge, a fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations in which we get the chance to compete for bonus funding prizes. 

PEPAIDS needs to raise £2,000 from 50 donors between the 22st November and the 22st December. If we do, we’ll get a permanent spot on GlobalGiving UK’s fundraising website, with opportunities to benefit from corporate relationships, exposure to a new donor network, and access to dozens of online fundraising, support and training tools. 

We're aiming to not only pass the challenge, but to raise a total of £10,000 in 30 days, through our Great Big Christmas Card Campaign! The money raised will go towards our Schools of Good Hope project in Zambia and help us to improve the education of over 1000 children. 

If we’re to reach this target we’re going to need your help spreading the word so please share this opportunity with your friends and family.

Visit our homepage for more information.


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