Zambia has been an enormous part of my life for more than 50 years. My wife and I moved to Zambia, then known as Northern Rhodesia, in January 1964 and stayed for almost 23 years, until May 1986. While there I spent the majority of my time lecturing at the Primary Teachers Colleges in Chipata and Kitwe while my wife taught in a wide variety of schools in the country. Our children were born and schooled in Zambia.
My association with Zambia did not end with my return to the UK. Since 1995 I have travelled to Zambia once or twice a year to visit my daughter who lives there with her husband and son. In 1998 I joined the Zambia Society Trust as a trustee and committee member. I have special responsibility as coordinator for our Education Grants scheme (link), which provides grants for disadvantaged Zambian students for vocational, technical and other courses within Zambia on completion of secondary education.
The work of the Zambia Society Trust is absolutely crucial. As a small charity it does not attempt to initiate, control or direct its own projects but supports and monitors existing sustainable projects operating within different parts of the country reaching the most needy and vulnerable citizens. The Trust is operated by volunteers in the UK and Zambia so virtually all the funding reaches those most in need.