Where are they now?

High-quality education + good character = catalysts for change

Back in 2006, the school’s founders wanted to give the children in Chilanga district a future shaped by high-quality education, and for them to become catalysts for change in Zambia.

We are now sufficiently ‘down the line’ to be able to see this happening.

Here are some of the learners who’ve attended Mukwashi during the last fifteen years.

None of them began with any of the stuff people in high income countries think matters, but they all have tons of the stuff which really matters.

Imakando Sikamikami

Imakando Sikamikami

Mukwashi: 2006-2013

Best memory: “I will never forget being part of the Mukwashi Mambonitos (the school’s salsa club) and performing at the annual fundraiser in Lusaka city centre. In my year, we were raising money to build the secondary classroom. It was a great opportunity to contribute to my amazing school.”

Now what? “I’m at Kazan National Research Technological University in Russia, studying software engineering. My dream is to become one of the best IT specialists in Zambia.”

Namoonga Hamweemba

Namoonga Hamweemba

Mukwashi: 2008 – 2010

Best memory: “I loved the monthly special Fridays! They gave us a chance to spend time with learners in other grades while participating in all kinds of activities — sports, arts, debate.” 

Now what? “I’m studying Radiology and hope to build a career which allows me to be independent and successful so that I can help my family. There are a lot of challenges in life, but I take them as a way of learning.” 

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Salifyanji Nakaona

Mukwashi: 2007

Best memory: “Being selected to contest for head girl — and the fun moments in the play park with my school mates.“

Now what? “After secondary school, I gained a diploma in food science at the Natural Resources Development College. I’m now a nutrition technologist working with World Vision International.”

Nicholas Mwashibulukwa

Nicholas Mwashibulukwa

Mukwashi: 2006 – 2008

Best memory: “The thing I value most about Mukwashi, apart from the thinking skills and knowledge I gained, are the friendships I made. Those friends became family to me, and are still part of my life. I also loved the morning cup of porridge which stopped the grumbling stomach. I looked forward to it every day.“

Now what? “I’m a husband and a father to a little girl. I live in Lusaka, and have a workshop where my brother and I design, make and sell decorative home & garden furniture. It’s not been easy, but I am hopeful things will improve. My goal is to have a thriving business and to take care of my family.”

Teddy Muchimba

Teddy Muchimba

Mukwashi: 2007 – 2015

Best memory: “When we went to Parays Game Park across the road and got to swim in the pool – and cooking in the bush on a special Friday: that was awesome.”

Now what? ”I’m studying veterinary medicine at the Institute of Veterinary and Agronomy in Rabat, Morocco. It was the old head teacher who told me about this opportunity.”

Zelipah Mbewe

Zelipah Mbewe

Mukwashi: 2007 – 2016

Best memory: “The first time I visited  Lusaka National Museum — in Grade 7 with my classmates.”

Now what? “I’m a police officer with Lusaka Central Police. I’m also studying physiotherapy at Evelyn Hone College.”

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