Christmas appeal: the gift of toilets for 750 children at Samaritan School


A huge thank you to E3 supporters who helped raise £2,710 to provide decent dignified toilet facilities for 750 orphaned and vulnerable children at Samaritan School in Kitwe, Zambia.

The children moved from dilapidated wooden huts to brand new brick classrooms in 2019 … but something was missing … toilets! There was just one stinky long drop and nearby bushes! 

The community worked hard in February and March 2020 and the toilet block with separate girls’ and boys’ toilets is almost finished. An expert local builder worked with a team of local volunteers.

Thank you to everyone who helped show these precious children that they are valued and loved.

Samaritan School’s vision is to rescue children from poverty and encourage and empower them to complete their education.

What life is like for the children

The children come from various slum communities affected by poverty, HIV and AIDS, teenage pregnancy, crime and drug abuse. The school was founded to provide free education to children who otherwise would not be able to go to school. The Head Teacher and teaching staff are all volunteers. E3 has been funding a monthly stipend for the 10 staff members since 2015 to help financially, as well as buying uniform for some children.

At Samaritan School:

  • 34% of pupils are double orphans
  • 23% have one parent living
  • The rest are vulnerable because they live in such extreme poverty
  • These children are less likely to complete school
  • Many girls are forced into early marriages.

Samaritan School gives them the opportunity to feel valued, encouraged and to succeed in their learning. 

Project costs in detail

Building materials (cement and blocks): £1,150
Skilled builder (reduced rate for charity): £900
Toilet fittings and wiring for electricity: £660
Fundraising target: £2,710

Plus the community are contributing volunteer labour and roofing of the block which is worth £700. A significant gift from the community!

Thank you for your support.