Norman Carr was passionate in his attempts to bring basic education within reach of as many children in the Mfuwe area as possible. As a result, he established the Kapani School Project in 1986 as a non-profit organisation focused on expanding educational opportunities for students from Mfuwe, Zambia. Education in Zambia is free of charge from grades 1-7, however the fees for senior primary school students, secondary, and boarding schools are often unaffordable for families with little to no formal income. Over and above the school fees, students must wear uniforms, organise their own food and supplies, and begin each term with sufficient stationary.
Zambia’s natural resources are precious, and Norman always believed that the future of Zambia’s wildlife lay in the hands of the next generation. Accordingly, the Kapani School Project assists Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust to bring conservation awareness to students living amongst the wildlife of Mfuwe. Norman Carr Safaris staff participate in Chipembele Nature Nights, exposing students to the wonders of the South Luangwa National Park, and they also provide training and support to Chipembele staff.
In 2015, the Kapani School Project funded the re-painting of all 13 Yosefe School classrooms. Past and current Kapani School Project sponsored pupils, teachers, and NCS staff came together over five days of intensive painting to transform the interior of Yosefe classrooms from chipped white and beige walls, to a vibrant and energizing learning environment. Additionally, the Project is expanding on the borehole project this year by building a tank stand with a 10,000 L water tank and installing an electric pump into the borehole. Phase two of this project will see the connection of this tank to the ablution blocks, so that the students have running water at school.
All of our sponsored pupils come from families that cannot afford school fees, however the children are absolutely determined to finish school, become independent and self-reliant and make something of their lives and communities. We place special emphasis on girls as traditionally they are less likely to be given the opportunity of an education and often lose out to their male siblings.
Would you like to make a donation to the Kapani School Project? We are always collecting supplies for our sponsored students and currently have a shortage of novels for secondary school literature courses as well scientific calculators and math kits, which are difficult and expensive to come by in Zambia (see box for a list of novels and other items you can bring from home). If you would like to make a monetary contribution, we guarantee that 100% of all donations go directly into the sponsorship programme, to support the school fees for promising but disadvantaged children.
Sponsorship Costs for One Student for One Year (USD)
- Tertiary Students: $2500
- Secondary School (Boarding Outside of Mfuwe): $550
- Secondary School (Boarding In Mfuwe): $380
- Secondary School (Day Scholar): $250
- Primary School: $100
Useful items to donate
- Animal Farm, by George Orwell
- Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
- The River Between, by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
- The Concubine, by Elechi Amadi
- The Chrysalids, by John Wyndham
- An Enemy of the People, by Henrik Ibsen
- Kongi’s Harvest, by Wole Soyinka
- Julius Ceasar, by Shakespeare
- Uneasy Yoke, by Kachinga Sichizya
- Standard Scientific Calculators – anything similar to the calculators here
- Math kit contents: rulers, protractors, retractable tape measurers, compasses
Account Name: Kapani School Project
Account Number: 5235663500271
Account Currency: USD
Bank Name: Zambia National Commercial Bank
Bank Branch: Mfuwe
Swift Code: ZNCOZMLU
Or – UK taxpayers can donate through the U FOUNDATION who are registered for Gift Aid – be sure to mark your donation clearly for Kapani School Project.
Contact: Sarah Elton - firstname.lastname@example.org
The U Foundation
Tel: 01455 623804 or 07977 826285
If you are able to make a donation then please do send us an email and let us know that it is on its way so that we can acknowledge receipt.
We are also proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make an impact in the communities that surround your safari destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the Kapani School Project and or the Yosefe Girls Club, you’ll be able to make a wonderful contribution to our charitable outreach in the South Luangwa. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our projects.