The first students’ residence for high school students in Nawinda is now built, and it will house 50 high school students. This task has taken a lot of perseverance, effort, toil, energy, will, and love… Nawinda is a town and a Catholic mission in Zambia’s Western Province, the country’s poorest and least developed region. It takes roughly 11 hours to drive from Livingstone to Nawinda, mostly through deep sand.

Two years ago, the Heart for Zambia Foundation, working together with our missionary, father Boris Dabo, started to construct a students’ residence. The residence will house 100 high school students, 50 boys and 50 girls. Our wish is to provide education opportunities for poor children from remote and undeveloped villages. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (N. Mandela). These children could not attend high school without our help. Their villages are 10, 20, 30, or more kilometres away from the mission and the school, making regular daily walks impossible. In Zambia, high school education is not free, and parents are unable to meet the costs due to extreme poverty. This is why we are seeking sponsors who would each help fund one child’s education. With EUR 100.00 per year, we can cover nearly all of the expenses for one student, including tuition, food, and housing…

Building a sturdy, masonry structure in this isolated region is extremely difficult and demanding. It’s not easy to find good builders. Delivering materials to the construction site is a major issue (if not the most challenging one) because there are no roads, only deep sand. For example, our first attempt to deliver the window glass from Livingstone to Nawinda was a failure – all of the glass was shattered because of the rough terrain. We succeeded the second time around, but the trip took a really long time. The majority of the materials were delivered in our Land Cruiser, with tractors transporting the beds and mattresses. In this region, there is no stone material available, and without stone, there is no solid construction… Then there was the Covid outbreak… Because of all of this, as well as a slew of other issues and challenges we encountered throughout construction, I consider the completion of the house to be somewhat of a miracle! 

I really wish that all of you who aided the construction were able to visit Nawinda in person and feel the genuine joy and gratitude of these underprivileged people. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of 50 boys on the other side of the world, in Africa, by providing them with adequate housing. These children will be sleeping in beds for the first time! Just think about their happiness and appreciation! When you close your eyes at night, remember that you are part of the reason for their smiles and gratefulness. Thank you all for joining in building a better world! “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” /Mother Theresa/

We are planning for the boys to move in at the end of October.

The land for the girls’ house has been cleared, and some of the building material has been procured. Construction will commence as soon as we raise the much-needed funds. If you want to help with the construction of the girls’ house, you can make a donation to the Foundation’s bank account: Zaklada Srce za Zambiju, IBAN: HR7824080021100053032; SWIFT: PAZGHR2X; Partner banka d.d. Zagreb. You can also donate via PayPal account or the GoGetFunding platform.

Thank you to all of you who are helping us alleviate the suffering of these poor people.