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Donata

Why the school is needed
About the area

How the school started

Donata Kalunga (left) founded the Donata School for Disabled Children. Having lived in the area for most of her life, Donata could see the devastating effects that disabilities have on children’s lives. With support from local farmer, Simon Hunt, the school was up and running by the end of 2004 with 20 children attending.

donta school drying bricksIn 2010, Donata approached Build It International, a UK-based not-for-profit assisting Zambian communities to provide low-cost community buildings.

Build It took the project on in April 2011 and hired architect Nichola Phiri to design the three-room school with help from Donata and some of the children. The new building incorporates design features such as wider doors, ramps, hand-rails, quiet space and good acoustics.

donata infront school

Building began late 2011 and the new school was completed in July 2012. For more details on the project, see Donata School.

Watch a video: Donata will give you a tour of the school.

Critically, a permanent facility will trigger Government support, including trained specialist teachers, from the Ministry of Education.

The school's vision

girls huggingThe vision of the Donata School is to provide a better standard of education to disabled, orphans and vulnerable children and to train more teachers in special education.

The school aims to ensure equal opportunities for disabled children and to encourage self-expression, self-reliance and self-confidence.

It provides:

1. Access to education for children with disabilities. It provides the only education in the area for these children.
2. Gives education in a caring and supportive way
3. All the books and stationary for free
4. Gives the children a free meal every day