Over the coming week we will be saying goodbye to our gap year girls (our gappettes), Beth and Cathy. They’ve been with us for the last three months. I can’t quite believe their time here is coming to an end already, the last three months have gone by so quickly.

To say Cathy and Beth have been helpful these three months would be an understatement. At the beginning of September I resumed my responsibilities with Beyond Ourselves after having Ben. They have enabled me to work both at home and at the schools. They have spent countless hours with our boys, loving them and playing with them. In addition to this, they’ve done many a reading assessment, helped us do a uniform assessment on all of the children across all three schools, and they were instrumental in the prep, hosting and follow up of the teams we recently had.

We will be sad to say goodbye to them. Jacob will no doubt be asking about them over the next while.  I think both Jacob and Ben really love these two.  But their legacy will live on in our home, just as our gap year boys do. Just the other day Jacob would only go to sleep for his nap if he had the photo book of Charlie and Alex in his bed with him. He propped it up in front of him so he went to sleep looking at it.  Very sweet.

We will sincerely miss these two!




Just a few more…

I’ve spent several of hours in the last week cropping, editing and generally prepping the pictures of the children at the schools we work with for the child sponsorship updates the sponsors will be receiving in the New Year.  I know I posted some of my favourite pictures already but I have a few more 🙂  Their faces are just so beautiful.

Now seems like a fitting time to remind you that if you’d like to sponsor a child it’s only £12.50 or $22.00CDN a month.  This includes a school meal each day, a contribution towards their teacher’s salary and the cooks salary, basic medical care, a school uniform and school resources.  Send me a message or email me at if you’re interested.

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Over the last two weeks we’ve had two back to back teams visiting the schools we work with here in Zambia. The first team was from Cranleigh School. They worked specifically at Kawama School as they have a partnership together with this community. The team of young people and staff spent time in the classes doing lessons, they helped with the feeding programme, ran a very successful clothing sale to raise funds for the bore hole and they sat down with the children and families of Kawama School and did the annual child sponsorship interviews with them.

The second team was a mix of different people from the UK, some from Stephen James, others were teachers from a few different primary schools in the UK and then a few other random folks as well. We had a great week together.   We did the child sponsorship interviews at Greater Joy School and Janna School, the teachers ran workshops for the teachers and other educational personnel from other local schools we have relationship with, and there was loads of priming and painting done as well.

Every year we sit down with each child and their family to check in to see how things are going with the family, how the child is doing medically, we weigh and measure them to be sure they are growing and take an updated photo of them. Every year I look forward to going through the photos of the children as their smiles are infectious and their skin is so beautiful. Here are a few of my favourite shots from this year. Gorgeously stunning children, I think you’ll agree…

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