A New School in Chilyaba

The old pole and thatch school with a dirt floor.
Village women haul huge amounts of sand and gravel to the construction site in wash pans carried on their heads,one pan at a time. With the old school in the background, the brick walls of the new school go UP!
Metal windows and doors are brought to the village for installation in the new school.
Now, having a waterproof school, the children can have books and a safe place to keep them. This was not possible with the old thatch building.
As construction progresses, Hammer is there to help
Hammer with students at the Chilyaba Primary School.
Classes begin at Chilyaba, and all are extremely proud of their fine new school. Now every child in the village has the opportunity at an education. Even some parents have asked for classes in reading and writing.

Parents provide the labor

Chilyaba Village is one such school. The parents provide the labor – collecting sand and gravel from stream beds and hauling them to the construction site, mixing clay and firing bricks, mixing concrete, pouring foundations and laying the brick. It is an impressive “PTA” (Parent Teacher Association Project) that would be unthinkable in the United States. But these parents are so eager for their children to receive an education that they put in long hours to make it happen. Hammer is there to help…

These children will have the opportunity to amass knowledge and understand the complex relationship between themselves, the land, the plants and the wildlife. These children will not be forced to poach to survive.

Hammer’s work runs from presentations in remote village classrooms on the importance of balance in nature to mankind’s impact on that balance to hands on projects for students – including the planting of trees. The children benefit from his Nature Walks and Lessons.

Other Conservation Education activities include Drama Contests, Art and Writing Contests.

Hammer is building a Junior Ranger Center for area students to visit during their off weeks from regular school. There they will study local flora and fauna and learn their role as stewards of the earth. He offers examples of local plants and animals for up close and personal – hands on education. Many of these children live near the National Park but have never seen an elephant, giraffe, puku or leopard.

The threshold for the parents of girls to send them to the local school is lowered

"Part of Hammer's activities is directed not to individual cooperatives but to the whole village. He helps to establish, build and run such amenities as basic schools in the villages, which are considered by the government to be too remote, too insignificant to get the government's support in this. The general benefit of having a basic school in the village is obvious, but there is another important aspec : the threshold for the parents of girls to send them to the local school is lowered."  Mischa Tryzna,  Save Our African Animal Heritage

Funding Needs

FIELD TRIPS: Funding is needed for continued education programs including field trips for students to see first hand the wildlife in Luangwa that they are working to protect.

BOOKS: We need funding to produce booklets on the Birds and Mammals of North Zambia which has been compiled by a volunteer with assistance from the Zambian Tourism Board.

CLEAN DRINKING WATER: We are working on providing safe, clean drinking water to area schools but funding is needed there as well.

Please help now.