Seattle to Zambia: Our Journey to Chilileka Basic School Library

Posted on | May 18, 2012 | No Comments

One of Passports with Purpose’s goals each fundraiser is to visit the completed project – whether it is the village in India or the school in Cambodia – and to witness the impact the project has to the local community. This May, Debbie Dubrow, Beth Whitman and Michelle Duffy returned from a whirlwind trip to Zambia to visit the Room to Read library at the Chilileka Basic School, which was one of the two libraries over two thousand people (bloggers, donors, corporate sponsors and YOU) helped fund in 2011.

Located 90 minutes outside Lusaka, the Chilileka Basic School library is used by over 300 children in the area. In addition to the funds from Passports with Purpose, community members contributed 25% of the building cost in the form of labor and locally sourced materials.

Debbie, Beth and Michelle attended a welcome and ribbon cutting ceremony at the library. Community leaders, including the village headman, had come out for this event, greeting the PwP team with drums and the traditional “War Welcome Dance.” Inside the library, the children burst into a welcome song, accompanied by “Grandmother.” They had a chance to interact with the children, stood by as they demonstrated some of the skills they practiced in the library and listened to them read from the books in the library.

At the end of their time with them, Debbie presented the headmaster of the school with a book of postcards that donors and participating bloggers sent us, connecting our world with theirs even further.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has followed along our journey. Our thanks also goes to the Room to Read teams in San Francisco and in Zambia for arranging the visit and helping with the logistics; and to Expedia our travel sponsor for the trip.

Stay tuned as we announce the 2012 charity in mid-June!

 

Related Links:

Ribbon Cutting at Chilileka Basic School’s New Library

We Bought a Library! (in Zambia)

A Tour Through the Slums in Lusaka, Zambia

Photo Friday: You Did This!

A School Playground Sign in Zambia

Welcome to Zambia

Komboni Tour in Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka Experience Township Tour

Seattle to Lusaka: Zambia Family Ties

Seattle to Lusaka: First Impressions of Zambia

Seattle to Lusaka: Cognative Dissonance

Lusaka Bus Station

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