COINS Foundation has granted £52,000 to help expand four Zambian schools for orphans and vulnerable children. The schools were: Sikalele Community School in Kalomo, Pyutu Community School in Masaiti, Kalulanya Community School in Serenje and Makopa Community School.

In each of these schools we funded construction of a 2-class-room block; clean water and sanitation facilities and school furniture as well as all necessary day to day teaching and learning materials. In addition to these essential capital items, our grant will provide a range of training for staff and some important health and social care programmes. For example, we funded training for teachers to give psycho-social support (PSS) to pupils and health education programmes.

The schools were also funded to offer practical health projects such as infant monitoring programmes, which run monthly weight and health checks for under 5s and free immunisation vaccinations. Two of the schools also operate as distribution centres for water purification tablets, mosquito nets, de-worming treatments and insecticide.

These simple community-based programmes make a vital contribution to the health and life chances of extremely vulnerable children.