Mercy meets the Scouts

Catriona Wilson
Tuesday 10 January 2017

After our successful trip in the Summer, fundraising for Kazemba continued. Our school of Psychology and Neuroscience raised almost £500 through their Psychle4Zambia event which will go towards sponsoring a child from Kazemba Primary to attend High School.

Staff members from the University returned to Kazemba in December, 2016. The purpose of the visit was to introduce the new team of Staff Leaders (Gary, Caroline and Penny) to colleagues in Sport in Action and Kazemba Primary, and establish the fundraising priorities for them to be working on between now and their next visit in July. We had the privilege of travelling back to Scotland with Mercy Sakala, the Deputy Headteacher of Kazemba Primary.

The 8th Fife Explorer Scouts wanted to support the Volunteer Zambia project and did a phenomenal job in raising over £1400 to pay for Mercy’s flights to Scotland and support the 2017 fundraising priorities. Not only that, they also hosted a special Scottish night for Mercy to experience haggis, ceilidhing and hospitality Scout-style. Mercy used her visit to learn about teaching practice in Scottish schools, and was kindly hosted by Lawhead Primary, Bell Baxter High and St Leonards.

STV news also dropped in to catch up with Mercy. She felt like a celebrity and had some great memories to take back to Kazemba to share with the children there.

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