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Dear All

In response to Steelie Jim's request that I post something about our forthoming project with local schools - please see below - thanks Jim for giving me the opportunity as I did not know if this was the correct place to advertise something like this but given an invitation I wont miss the opportunity.

Actually the credit for this project lies not with LRL but with Erinn McGurn and Guy Baron - Erinn and Guy come from NYC - Erinn is an architect and Guy is in the banking/finance arena
Erinn and Guy were visitors to LRL over New Year of 2005/6 and decided that they wanted to get involved in some way to help local children. Together we identified Chuitika School as a local school that needed serious help. Chuitika is a school for approx 1000 kids but has no roof on its 4 room school block, poor teacher housing, no electricity, no water, no school consumables (pens, paper, pencils etc) a couple of blackboards and one large whiteboard donated by Guy and Erinn and LRL. Erinn and Guy managed to secure the services of Cliford Chance law firm in NY (Free of charge)to assist in setting up a proper charity/Trust so that we could start this project properly. The Trust is called Scale Africa -They have been working on that as well as putting together a website for the project in their spare time. They have also secured some corporate funding in the US and LRL are in process of securing some corporate funding from the UK. Once the project starts LRL will handle the day to day building and logistics side of things in order to get the new roof put on initially and then to proceed as funding allows onto other projects at the school.

Erinn has also made some approached to a couple of universities in the US that offer architecture as one of their courses in order to see if we can get some students over to assist - one university in particular ofers courses on environmentally sustainable architecture and a possible tie up with them would be fantastic - nothing confirmed as yet.

I have attached the project mission statement for you all to take a look at.
Erinn and Guy were back in Mfuwe again in August of this year to meet with the headmaster as well as local and provisional education oficials - they have done much hard work and we hope that the project will be successful in the near future but as yet it is still in process of being set up.

If anyone having read the mission statemement feels that they can help in any way within this project or can contribute in any way or has any ideas thoughts at all they would be greatly appreciated.
Erinns e-mail address is also attached at the bottom of the mission statement

You can view some photos of Chuitika at

regards to all

ScaleAfrica is a non-profit dedicated to the improvement of rural schools in the developing countries through the use of sustainable building techniques and active community participation. In partnership with the Luangwa River Lodge, our primary goal is to begin re-building Chuitika Basic School, where the heavy rains and winds have destroyed the only four-room classroom block for the over 1000 students. Despite the limited resources, the students are enthusiastic learners, and the teachers and headmaster, Mr. I.M. Lungu, are incredibly dedicated to providing the best education possible for the largest student body in the district.

The needs of the school are pressing. There are few books, desks or educational materials. The state of the Teacher's housing is dire, barely providing protection from the elements. With too few houses to accommodate the teachers, many live in the villages and walk long distances to the school. There is no running water or electricity. Students and their families are asked to pay for school uniforms, lesson books, and supplies.

Our Goals:

Construct a new 1 x 4 new classroom block that will provide much needed educational and community space
Construct a new Life Skills Workshop where students will learn valuable trades
Construct new Teacher's housing
Provide Student Sponsorship
Provide desks, chalkboards, and educational materials
Incorporate effective solutions for clean drinking water, sanitation, ventilation and power
Improve building standards and educate the community on building techniques to create long-lasting and sustainable structures

How you can help:

These projects are entirely funded through private donations. We hope to reach our fundraising goal by April 2007 in order to begin construction when the heavy rains have stopped. To help us achieve this goal, donations can be made in the following ways:

Donate by cash, check or fund transfer directly to Luangwa River Lodge - Chuitika Basic School Appeal
Donate by check or transfer to Email Erinn McGurn at for more info

You may also support the school by bringing supplies with you on your visit to the lodge. Items needed by the school:

Early childhood reading books
Educational puzzles
Posters and Maps
Crayons, pens, pencils, etc.
Solar calculators
Deflated footballs

All donations will be directly administrated through Without your generous efforts, none of this work would be possible. Thank for your support of Chuitika Basic School and it's students and teachers.

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