Wisdom Christian School was established to educate the vulnerable and orphaned children in Mwenye Compound. All students are accepted into the school, without any fees or other costs, without discrimination.
The school is a charitable initiative, aimed at supplementing government efforts in the quest to achieve the goal of education for all. Wisdom Christian School, operates without any support from government and is operated as a private school in Zambia. WCS operates for the purpose of helping orphaned and vulnerable children to have an opportunity of going to school to get a decent education and to hear a Christian message.
|Wisdom Christian School|
The school is located in Mwenye Community, a slum outside of the city of Ndola, and adjacent to a bigger slum called Twapia (literal meaning is “we are very broke”). The community has no water/sewer system and only recently acquired limited access to electricity.
|Home in Mwenye Community|
Most of the residents of these slums are unemployed. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has impacted Zambian communities to such an extent that many children attending WCS are orphaned (losing one or both parents). They are living in a single-parent home or are being looked after by their old, poor, and unemployed grandparent or other relative. Some of these children, are coming from child-aided homes (looked after by the eldest orphaned child in the family) or are living with a neighbor because they have no relatives to take them in.
After ALARM Zambia closed at the end of 2011, Better World Inc. continued the operation of the school, with the support of LIVING WELL.
The school now has an average attendance of 400 vulnerable and orphaned children in grades 1-7. The school does not charge any fees, in order to give free education to the poor.
Charles Mwila Mutambala
President, Better World Inc
|Ed and Donna Edwards|
Ed and Donna Edwards have led mission teams to Africa since 2002 for the purpose of strengthening families.
In January 2012, their colleague, Rev. Charles Mutambala, introduced them to WCS and its plight. The school would close at the end of that month without the support of outside funding. At that time, 140 children attended the school in grade levels 1-4.
Ed and Donna returned to the U.S. and began raising funds to support and develop the school. They began leading teams in January and June each year to further develop the school.
- Mechanically drilled well was added in November 2013, supplying clean water year round to the children of WISDOM and the community. [funding in partnership with Lakeview Baptist Church, Guthrie, Oklahoma] An electric pump with a water tank and faucets were added in late 2015.
- The initial classroom building has been plastered, painted, and ceilings were installed.
- Latrines - two cement block buildings (with doors, ceilings, floors) added for the children and improved the teachers' latrine building.
- Second classroom building (with three classrooms) added
- Third classroom building (with two classrooms, one preschool room and a computer lab) is under construction now.
- Kitchen building with storage rooms and office
- Erecting a security, wall fence to protect the school and grounds from vandals.
- Flagpole and landscaping added
- Staff - seven teachers, a food service manager, one part-time school manager, caretaker, and three security guards
- Numerous textbooks, reading books, bookcases, and classroom supplies given
- Many desks for students and teachers supplied
- Lunch program - currently the children get one lunch/week. As funding increases, more lunches will be served.
- June mission trips include conducting Camp Wisdom for the children
|Wisdom Christian School|
The most pressing needs of the school are:
- More desks
- School supplies, including text books for each student
- A feeding program for the students
- Concrete steps and paths, enhanced grounds
|WISDOM Christian School|
Experience WISDOM Christian School, January 2016