God­frey Sim­fuk­we, the prin­ci­pal and founder of Chi­t­u­lik­wa Com­mu­ni­ty School

was born in a rur­al remote farm set­tle­ment of Kawamb­wa dis­trict in Zam­bia. He start­ed his 1st Grade at 7yrs old and like many chil­dren in his vil­lage he had to walk over 15kms for 3hours to get to school. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, this is the real­i­ty of many school going chil­dren in rur­al Zam­bia. God­frey recalls that he often had to car­ry farm pro­duce to the mar­ket before pro­ceed­ing to school on an emp­ty stom­ach and would often only have his one meal when he returned home from school. Evan as a boy he believed that he could have a bet­ter life through acquir­ing an edu­ca­tion and so he endured the long walks hop­ing for a brighter future. Upon grad­u­at­ing from High School, God­frey moved to the cap­i­tal city in Lusa­ka and acquired an arti­san cer­tifi­cate and man­aged to find work in con­struc­tion. Moved by a deep need to help oth­ers, God­frey noticed that in the poor com­mu­ni­ty of Kabanana where he set­tled in Lusa­ka there were many vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren from extreme­ly poor fam­i­lies who were unable to attend school.

Despite his lim­it­ed resources, God­frey worked hard to pro­vide for his fam­i­ly and not only build a home, but he also put aside some of his fam­i­ly sav­ings to set up a Com­mu­ni­ty School in his neigh­bour­hood. After 18 years of striv­ing to make his dream a real­i­ty, God­frey was able to estab­lish Chi­t­u­lik­wa Com­mu­ni­ty School that allows over 160 chil­dren from Ear­ly Years to 9th Grade to attend school. The school like most com­mu­ni­ty schools is severe­ly under­fund­ed with poor infra­struc­ture and relies on the school children’s par­ents’ con­tri­bu­tions which are hard­ly suf­fi­cient to run the school. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, most of the par­ents can hard­ly afford to put food on the table let alone afford the month­ly school con­tri­bu­tions which are sup­posed to be used for run­ning of the school.

Accord­ing to God­frey, ‘it doesn’t mat­ter how much or how lit­tle you have, what mat­ters is that we can each in our own way make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of those less for­tu­nate than our­selves.’’  ‘’We are grate­ful for Sim­pact Foundation’s Sup­port to Chi­t­u­lik­wa Com­mu­ni­ty School, it gives us hope that togeth­er we can real­ly make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of many vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in Kabanana.’’