Zambia 2013 Tour Page as it happens
Hurstmere School is celebrating its third tour to Zambia this July. 40 students and five staff left for Zambia on Friday 5th July to spend two weeks working with some of the most underprivileged children in the world.
The students will have a chance to meet students previous coached by Hurstmere School students and also to work in completely new areas. It is hoped that by the end of the first week of coaching, somewhere in the region of 2000+ students will be coached by our students.
This year will be the first time that we impact two different areas of Zambia. We will be working close to Chilanga where we have worked before, in an area called Linda Compound. Here students will not only be coaching students from various Community and Government schools such as House of Joseph Linda; Zoc's and Divine Community School, but Hurstmere students will also be carrying out a community project in the afternoons. This will involve the creation of a library for the schools in the area; painting the schools and also creating a vegetable patch.
Some of our other students will have the opportunity to work in a completely new area, some 40 Kms outside of Lusaka in Kafue. This is an exciting opportunity for the future of our Tag Rugby Tours to Zambia as our students will not only be coaching Primary School students, but they will be developing a new Young Leader Program to ensure the longevity of the coaching once our tour has left. This will take place in two Secondary Schools, Kafue Boys and Nboye Boys, whilst working with their Primary Schools.
This page will be updated as regularly as possible whilst the students are away, but please consider that it is often difficult to pass photographs back over the internet from Zambia. Please note that if you click on the slideshow on the right at the top of this page, the images will be enlarged. All photos below are in the slideshow.
One of the additional aims of the 2013 tour is to expand the community work which we do in Zambia. This has involved painting of schools as well as trying to establish a library from books donated by students and Hurstmere School. A new school has been involved in our program in July 2013, Divine Community. Hurstmere students can be seen in the photograph below painting the school along with some of the students from Divine Community.