Kalunga (left) founded the Donata School for Disabled
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
In 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.
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
The 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.
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
3. All the books and stationary
4. Gives the children
a free meal every day