Salesian College Sixth Form students help vulnerable young women in Zambia
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A group of 17 Sixth Form students and four staff from Salesian College in Farnborough recently travelled to Zambia as part of the College’s Share the Light Project.
The students and staff worked with vulnerable young women in the City of Joy in Mazabuka and the City of Hope in Lusaka, both run by Salesian Sisters.
The students also worked in a nutritional feeding programme in the parish alongside the Salesian Sisters and Mrs Mweete, a long- time friend of the College who runs a Porridge Club.
After a treacherous 24hour travelling period, the students arrived in Mazabuka, where they received such a warm welcome.
They passed through the entrance to the ‘ City of Joy’ – the residence of around 30 young, vulnerable girls, where they are fed and able to play, sheltered from the shocking reality of what lies outside of the City of Joy’s walls.
The students received an incredibly warm welcome: so warm, in fact, that at one point they feared their minibus might tip over!
Over the course of the trip, the students taught in local schools and assisted at the Porridge Club in Luyobolola School.
The students commented that, in spite of the material poverty almost omnipresent in Mazabuka, the joy and kind nature of the locals far exceeded that which is present in the West.
Many people they visited were in a desperate state, without food or shelter, but despite this they were welcomed wherever they roamed, with offers of hospitality flying in from everywhere.
However, the resonating image of the trip was not one of hippos basking in the sun or over- energetic baby elephants nagging at their mothers, nor one of despair at the poverty that exists in Zambia; rather, it was one of admiration for those who overcome unthinkable challenges on a daily basis without even thinking to complain or to give up.
These are the people who amazed the students consistently over the two weeks, and with whom the College continues to support through the Share the Light project.
The above extra- curricular experience is just one of the many activities offered by the College, from the Duke of Edinburgh scheme to Performing Arts, the College’s extra- curricular offering enriches the academic studies.
Salesian College is an independent grammar school for boys aged 11 to 18 with a thriving Co- Educational Sixth Form. Since its foundation in 1901, the College continues to offer a traditional education based on the Gospel values of hard work, ambition, courtesy and respect for others.
It is not surprising that Salesian has a reputation for developing each individual student academically, culturally, physically and spiritually, of which it is very proud.
Salesian College is a very successful and highly regarded school which warmly welcomes young people of other faiths. Visits to the College for entry into Year 7 and the Co- educational Sixth Form are available at any time by appointment – 01252 893000. Please visit our website at www. salesiancollege. com for updated information.