2nd July 2010: CONTESA a UK registered charity that supports Aids orphans in Zambia has announced today that a group of CONTESA supporters, led by trustees Dr. Margaret McDermott and Mrs Rosemary Stanbury will arrive on an official visit in Zambia to visit CONTESA’s funded projects.
The group of 17 people who will arrive on 3rd July 2010 for a 3 week visit, includes leaders and members from the Bournemouth Boys Brigade and Basingstoke Girls Brigade and Rev Geoff Fletcher and his daughter Kathryn. The group will start their visit with a short trip to the Luangwa Game Park in the Eastern Province and from there will drive to Chipata to visit the newly completed CONTESA Chislehurst School Block at Muchule School, Chatama Village.
The group will travel onto Kabwe where the Group will visit CONTESA feeding, educational & outreach programs and where the Bournemouth Boys Brigade and Basingstoke Girls Brigade will work to help complete the building of a hairdressing salon/barbers shop that will be run by the Kabwe Boys & Girls Brigades to become an income generating and training project for them.
The CONTESA spokesman explained why this visit is so important to CONTESA, “this is the trip of a lifetime for the younger members of the group, as they will be involved in CONTESA programs & projects and in the completion of the Kabwe building project & will interact with the orphans & disadvantaged children”. The spokesman added “CONTESA provides hope to so many orphaned & disadvantaged children in Zambia whilst visits such as these not only enrich the life experiences of the people in the CONTESA Group but also give the opportunity for partner organisations & orphans to personally interact with CONTESA trustees & supporters.” He further added that “this is the very essence of why CONTESA was set up”.
CONTESA is a UK registered charity (1109311) set up in 2005 by Esnat Avon and her husband Roger. Esnat was born and raised in Zambia but now lives in the UK. She now devotes much of her time to raising funds for CONTESA and creating awareness of the plight of orphans and disadvantaged children in one of the sub-Saharan countries most devastated by the AIDS epidemic, Zambia. She manages the charity on a daily basis from her home in St. Leonards. One of CONTESA’s pledges is that every penny donated goes directly to the support of the children.
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