Daniel Frei, one of the founders and current board member of iChange, has been awarded the 2018 Schaffhauser Grant for Development Cooperation on behalf of the iChange team. The CHF 25,000 grant will assist iChange in the necessary continued support and infrastructure investments at the Mackenzie Community School (MCS) in Ndola, Zambia.
In August I was lucky enough to accompany a re Chari table team deep into the Copperbelt of Ndola/Zambia to work with one of their partners, iChange, at a community school project. It was my first-time visiting a developing country in Africa so I was excited and eager to see how the people there lived and to hopefully offer some help to them. My flight arrived at night and I remember the very rough car ride back to where we were staying. The main road was being worked on so the driver, Gideon, with his small 4-door, opted for a less direct road that had potholes people in the states would hesitate to drive a 4x4 jeep through.
I was so lucky to be able to retire at the age of 62 and to be healthy as well as fit. After many years of teaching, I wanted to make use of my time to do voluntary work. Therefore, I decided to go to Zambia for five weeks. Months before, I was thinking about how I could be best useful there.
Front and center in 2017 was the expansion of the Mackenzie Community School (MCS) building. For multiple months, members of iChange were on location to plan, coordinate and support the construction activities. Thanks to the tireless work and commitment of the local team this phase of construction will soon be finished. In addition, there was a change in leadership of the school.
Meanwhile, our project relationship with the Madalitso Wits Sports Academy continued to develop very positively as well.