Recruiting and retaining teaching staff is an ongoing problem for schools in Mbita, as the state of the road makes the area almost inaccessible. The few teachers who do stay show a real strength of character, and sense of concern and commitment to the local children. Their commitment is all the more remarkable when you realise the limited educational resources available to them.
The Rotary Club of Saughall raised £5,000 for the road project, and £5,000 was received from the Charity Swazaid (raised by the pupils at Abbey Gate College) towards the educational resources project. Our District Foundation matched this combined funding and applied for a Rotary International Global Grant to fund a project to the tune of $75,616 (approx £46,000).