Sale­sian Col­lege Sixth Form stu­dents help vul­ner­a­ble young women in Zam­bia

28 Septem­ber 1.15 T: 01252 893000 cre­at­ing - 3.30pm be­gin­nings WWW. SALESIANCOLLEGE. COM

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS -

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.

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