AGABF Trust School
AGABF Trust School’s motto is “to produce graduates” and their mission statement is to make a good foundation for every child. The founder, Pastor Godfrey Funyina, developed this private school to offer quality education at a cheaper rate. He even gives free education to those who cannot afford it. The school is located in Livingstone (Marimba), Zambia and offers education from preschool to grade 7, for children 3 to 14 years of age.
AGABF opened in 2010 with a maximum number of 22 pupils (including 8 orphans who could not afford school fees) and by 2013, the passing rate of students had been between 85 to 95%. At the current time in 2014, there are 220 learners. 66 of these students are orphans who are incapable of paying school fees, yet are not denied the privilege to attend this school. This place of learning is operated in a residential house where all 5 rooms were turned into classrooms and an additional 4 classrooms were built using particle boards.
At AGABF there are 14 staff members, including 10 teachers, 2 cleaners, 1 cook, and 1 security guard. Due to expansion in the number of students, AGABF hopes to build more classrooms on their own land so that classes could be raised to 12th grade learning academia. If these goals are met, there will be enough space to offer courses in computer lessons, tailoring, carpentry, brick laying, and community skills.
Love Thy Neighbor International stepped in to help purchase/build 2 classrooms and finish a third. All the material was bought in town from local hardware stores. Athena worked everyday with these individuals, partaking in all the physical labor as well. After 2 weeks, the extra 3 rooms were completed, painted, and all floors cemented. Chalkboards were then added as well as a watering system, which collects rainwater from the gutters. We tunneled the gutters to catch the rainwater and emptied it into a tank where it can later be used for cooking or hand washing. Water has been and still is a problem here. It cuts off at 12 p.m., so it is very important for the staff to make sure all tanks are filled prior to this mandatory shut off in order to save water in the communities.