St. Vincent de Paul Community School

Our special relationship with St. Vincent de Paul Community School in Monze and head teacher Sr. Lontia continues to flourish.

At the start of the year, there were significant concerns about food security. We sent over extra funding this year to ensure that Sr Lontia could continue to offer her students one meal a day.

Our scholarship program continues to support many current and former students of St. Vincent de Paul in elementary, secondary, and post secondary programs. This year the grade 7’s had an exceptional year with a 97% pass rate! It’s a tribute to Sr Lontia, her wonderful faculty, and the grade 7 class! We also had 4 scholarship students write their grade 12 exams, another significant milestone!

The chicken business had some challenges this year. With so many rolling power outages, the school was having a hard time keeping the chickens and eggs healthy. This income-generation project is very important in helping sustain the school so Sr. Lontia requested help to purchase solar panels. The panels were installed in April and the chickens and eggs have been doing wonderfully since.

In exciting news, this year the school was identified by the Ministry of Education as doing well in gardening. In the spring, they received sponsorship for a green house, which was completed in early June.

With their passion for gardening, St. Vincent de Paul excitedly embraced our tree planting initiative! The school was one of Rabson’s first stops with donations of 35 tree saplings, 500 Moringa plants, and 100 lemon seed-beds!

And lastly, there is some wonderful news to share about Sr Lontia as well. She has been accepted to do her masters in management at the Catholic University in Zambia via distance learning. Sr Lontia is such a remarkable woman and we wish her every success in this new endeavour.

If you would like to help the Vincent de Paul Community School and their amazing projects, please donate via Malambo Grassroots. You can type the name of the School in the comments on the donate page.