RCFI News

From May-July 2013, Julia Gummo travelled to Zambia as an agent for the Fundraising Initiative and had the opportunity to get to know many of the teachers and students who are currently part of the Racecourse School Community. She was able to create this film while she was there.  We hope it will provide a greater context for those who are interested in this fantastic school.

Julia Gummo’s Beautiful Photos

In May 2013, Julia Gummo visited Racecourse school for two months. While she was there she took some beautiful photos. Check them out below.

Click on a photo to view as a slideshow.

Julia Gummo’s Report

In May 2013, Julia Gummo visited the school. The
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abroad. Download the report here.

Abel’s music video

Check out this neat music video Julia made for one of the Racecourse School students named Abel(stage name Kaffir): It is a song about the Zambian football team.

10th Annual Dinner!!

Our 10th annual fundraising dinner was a huge success! (Yes 10th annual, hard to believe isn’t it?) Thanks to everyone who came out, volunteered, donated items to the silent auction and made pledges! We raised more than $9000 this year and it was a lot of fun too! You know we are excited because I used an exclamation mark on every sentence in this paragraph!!

If you want to make a pledge to donate monthly you can help make our funding more sustainable and our funding levels more predictable. The donations go to teacher salaries, professional financial management, teaching/learning supplies, teacher training and school maintenance. A small amount of money makes a big difference in the lives of the students and teachers at the Racecourse School. Download the pledge form with this link.

Donate Online!

You can donate online now through St. Paul’s United Church PayPal donation page. For instructions click here.

The connection with our partner, the Racecourse Community School in Zambia continues to deepen. The School Board and the St. Paul’s United Church Board have now signed a Letter of Understanding which formally lays out the responsibilities of both parties in this partnership. We are excited to have formalized our relationship in such a manner and if you are interested in having a look at the letter please send me an e-mail and I will forward it along ([email protected]).

Here is a brief update on our partnership this year:

· The Livia Stoyke Foundation has once again renewed their commitment to the school by contributing $5000 through us for 2011 to Grade 9-12 sponsorship! (www.livia.ca)
· The wonderful finance volunteers at St. Paul’s United Church are to be thanked for taking the initiative of sending out thank you cards to all of our donors who are not members of St. Paul’s.
· This fall, my cousin Noah Wishart requested donations to the Racecourse School for his Bar Mitzvah and raised over $700. Also, this summer, St. Paul’s Lorene Turner hosted a tea in support of the Racecourse School and this event raised approximately $900! Many thanks to Lorene and Noah for showing such leadership.
· We now have two families who have made multi-year donation commitments. This type of commitment allows us to plan for the future and ensure that we can meet the commitments we make to the school. If you are interested in making a pledge for 2012 or for multiple years please let me know ([email protected]).
· Our 8th annual Fundraising Dinner/Silent Auction was a great success. We once again had approximately 100 people and raised well over $4000. Thanks to all who attended, who donated items for the auction, who bid on items at the auction, and who helped out with the event!
· We have now made our second transfer of funds in 2011 for a total of $23,000 contributed to the operating expenses at the school. The funds which we transferred went towards teacher’s allowances, school user fees for graduates of the school, school requisites for current students, staff development and compassionate assistance for staff.
· We have approximately $18,500 fundraised for next year. We have a ways to go to meet our goal of $23,000 for 2012.

We have now transferred over $50,000 CAD for the new school block (separate from our commitment to operational expenses). The block is housing grade 8 students who are being educated at the school for the first time now that the space allows for them. Once we have confirmation that the work has been completed to standard, we will transfer the remaining 10% to the contractor. The funds for the classroom construction were primarily donated by a family in Calgary and the desks for the classrooms were purchased with money from the operational funds that we transferred. We plan to transfer additional funds for the painting of the new school building, once we have received a quote for the cost of the work.

Rick and Debbie Boyd recently paid a visit to our friends in Zambia and they sent us some lovely photos of the school and the new section.

Some new photos

Just posted a few new photos sent to us by our friend emma in the uk!, Check them out:

Welcome

Welcome to the Racecourse Community School Web-site.

The Racecourse Community School is a volunteer run primary school for orphans and vulnerable children in the Racecourse Community of Kitwe, Zambia. The community school movement in Zambia began in the late 90’s as a local reaction to the overwhelming number of orphans and vulnerable children who could not afford to attend government schools. The Racecourse Community School is the largest community school in the Copperbelt Province, educating over 1700 pupils with only 20 local volunteer teachers.

The school faces many challenges due to the effects of HIV/AIDS and the impoverished state of the community. Despite these challenges, the school has maintained an outstanding success rate on the government exams and continues to demonstrate an extraordinary drive to achieve success in community development.