On Sunday, Argyll & Bute MP Brendan O’Hara was in Lochgilphead to welcome and hear from Sr. Veronica Nyoni and Fr. Cleophas Lunga, from the Archdiocese of Lusaka.
Sr. Veronica and Fr. Cleophas were in town to meet with volunteers from ZamEdScot, a local Argyll-based charity which has helped fund the aptly named St Columba’s Community Secondary School, on the outskirts of the Zambian capital.
The charity ZamEdScot, founded by Lochgilphead resident Marion Pallister, was instrumental in getting the Community School project off the ground back in 2016
Today, St. Columba’s provides an education to around 400 children, who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to attend High School.
Sr. Veronica, who is the Head Teacher at St. Columba’s and Fr Cleophas from the Archdiocese of Lusaka told Mr. O’Hara how grateful they were for the vital contribution made by the people of Argyll in helping them educate so many children but also of the on-going challenges they face in keeping the school up and running.
Mr O’Hara said,
“It was an honour and a privilege to meet Sr. Veronica and Fr. Cleophas and to hear how our local community here in Argyll is helping them change the lives of so many young people in one of the poorest areas of Lusaka.
It was wonderful to hear that because of the fund-raising efforts of ZamScotEd, coupled with dedication and commitment of Sr. Veronica and Fr. Cleophas, that so many young Zambian lives are being transformed through education.
Thanks to the generosity of people here, children in Zambia can now go to school and have the chance to break out of the cycle of poverty that sadly too many people are trapped in.
ZamEdScot is a wonderful charity doing amazing work and I am hugely grateful that they gave me the opportunity to meet Sr. Veronica and Fr. Cleophas and see the huge difference they are making to so many young lives in Africa.”
How to make a donation and further information on ZamEdScot can be found on their website http://www.zamscoted.org.uk.