September 10, 2019

On 4 July, eight Paulinas, eight Paulines and five teachers arrived in Ndola, Zambia. We partnered with “Beyond Ourselves”, who work with community schools enabling crucial and sustainable improvement in education and nutrition. Their diverse and immersive programme showed us the varying experiences of locals, from rural villagers to pastors to headteachers, and a variety of models for business and charity. The transformational impact of “Beyond Ourselves” was clear when we visited an unsupported school. Children of different ages were taught simultaneously in corners of one room, sharing books. Previously-conceived beliefs about aid were challenged when we saw the detrimental effect of simply giving. During the trip we met unforgettable people who exemplified the refreshing Zambian culture: people-focused rather than task-focused, rich in skills, faith, song, hope and community.

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