About the school

Simoonga Thandizani Trust School is located in Simoonga Village, a small and traditional zambian village, just 15 kilometers west of Livingstone City, the tourist capital of Zambia. It is about 24 kilometers from the mighty Victoria Falls, which is a world heritage site.

The school is a community based initiative project with the purpose of capacitating the orphaned and underprivileged children, who cannot afford to pay for government school, by giving them the knowledge and skills needed for their future.

This project is entirely community and sponsor driven. We recieve no funding from the Government and this is why we rely heavily on donations to survive as an institution. 

History

Due to the fact that some children in the village are orphaned and others are too poor to afford the fees in regular government schools, the number of students without access to school in the community was constantly increasing, as well as the need to create an affordable local school.

Finally in 2015 the school was established and it consisted initially of only one teacher and few children studying in an improvised building with improvised materials. 

2017 we were lucky to receive a big donation from Tammy Tanner, which allowed us to build 3 class blocks and receive more children.

Since then the number of students has been increasing very rapidly every day.  

Now the school has more than 380 pupils (June 2019) in the age between 3 and 15 years, devided in 9 classes: baby class, reception and grade 1 to 7. There is an average of 40 to 50 pupils per class. The school fee is kept to the minimum and the parents, who are not able to afford it, help the school with their work, time and dedication.

Luckily the community spirit in Simoonga village is very strong and this helps us continue our existance, but we depend mainly on donations and are happy to receive any help we can get.