Staff at the SOCH orphanage care for 24 Primary School children who live on the site during the school term. During holidays, these children return to their legal guardians. Another 15 or so older orphans who have left the orphanage continue to be supported in their secondary education at boarding schools and local high schools through our provision of their fees and school uniforms. Other older orphans who have dropped out of schooling are now being trained in carpentry skills. Some orphans have completed their final school year successfully and we are trying to help place them in universities and colleges. Here below are a few examples of how SOCH is helping kids.
The shy little girl (B) in red, at the centre of a photo taken at SOCH about 12 years (far left), has now become the accomplished young woman on the near left who is nearing the end of her studies in Nursing.
This poor little fellow (I) in rags was discovered on the streets some 8 years ago (far left). Here, on the near left, is a recent photo of (I). He did well at school and has now gained entrance to a Zambian boarding school for the remainder of his secondary studies.
On the far left is (L), about 6 years ago when she was at SOCH as a young child - happily displaying her dinner! Here is (L) now (near left), dressed in her school tracksuit. She is hoping to gain entry to a Zambian boarding school if her exam results are good enough.
The young boy (C) on the left, photographed some 9 years ago, joined the orphanage in 2005, and consistently excelled at school. (C) completed Grade 12 with distinctions in all his subjects. He gained a fees scholarship to study Computer Science at a Chinese University. The remainder of his costs (flights etc) are being met through the generosity of a ZOA family whose son had travelled on a school trip to the orphanage and met young (C).
This young man (I) returned to Serenje in 2019 after spending a year in Australia where the Children First Foundation enabled him to have a life-changing medical operation for his leg, injured severely in an accident with fire when he was a child. (I) has recently achieved the highest examination grade in the local Serenje District, and has been accepted into a Zambian boarding school.
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