Lasting legacy from the Livingstone 2013 Bicentenary Initiative

Lasting legacy from Bicentenary Initiative...


The Anglican Street Children's Programme


St Mary's Girls checking-in for Zambia


Girls and staff from St Mary's Calne - a leading British girls school - have just arrived in Zambia to help build a school for our official charity The Anglican Street Children's Programme (ASCP). This will be a much-needed school for vulnerable girls and orphans in Chama, north-eastern Zambia - one of the remotest areas in Zambia and one which is terribly under developed. Father Katete, ASCP Director, welcomed the school to Zambia at press conference on their arrival in Chipata on Thursday, 24 October - "Chama, like many rural parts of our country, is plagued with a number of social ills such as early marriages, gender inequality and unequal access to education between girls and boys. This makes it very difficult for children ,especially girls to attain an education. Education unlocks many doors of opportunities of personal as well as community development. Well done St. Mary’s for your great support for the rural girls in Chama by coming here to help build their school." Read more...

This visit is the start of a lasting legacy for the area moving forward from this bicentennial year. Eve, a pupil at St Mary’s Calne is very excited about the project – “I am so looking forward to meeting the children and working on a project that will give them access to an education like we have here in the UK.” Read more...

An astonishingly generous donation for this new Chama School has just been received for our official charity from a private UK donor for the amount of £10,000. The David Livingstone Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 Initiative and The ASCP would like to extend our very grateful thanks to the donor for this incredibly generous gift for the school - it will form the basis of a wonderful dream come true for many of these children who are desperately keen to learn and will ensure a lasting legacy moving on from this bicentennial year. On hearing the news from Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 chairman, Belinda Hodge, Father Katete said:  "The vision is becoming a reality! What was invisible will now become visible with the help of this wonderful donation." 

Chama children showing their eagerness
to learn at a recent church service in Chama

The Bird Exchange and Storytelling connections with Scottish schools

With the help of Ewan McVicar in Scotland, The David Livingstone Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 Initiative have set up cultural and educational links between Zambian and Scottish schools through art and storytelling. The first exchanges of bird images arrived in Zambia earlier this year from eight schools in Scotland with another nine Scottish schools expected to join the exchange before the end of the year. From Zambia we have already had two schools send paintings of birds - real and imaginery - across to Scotland, with more schools in Zambia preparing images ready to go back to the UK in the next few weeks. We are trying to involve many different schools, including community schools, orphanages and schools for vulnerable children. For more information about this exchange, please visit: Connecting Scotland & Zambia

We are shortly starting storytelling exchanges via the new digital hub which The British Council has installed in Livingstone. Ewan McVicar has been doing a wonderful job encouraging Scottish school children and they have even composed a song about their town - Livingston in Central Scotland. We are now eagerly awaiting a song from Livingstone school children about their own community here in Zambia.

An exhibition is planned covering art and storytelling exchanges between the schools from both countries and this will one of the Livingstone-Stanley events scheduled for 2014.

The Livingstone Zambia-Scotland Medical Exchange

The new Livingstone Zambia - Scotland Medical Exchange project is developing well, with the help of a retired paediatric surgeon and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow (David Livingstone himself was a Fellow of this College). The candidate will be flown to the Scotland for a period of 3 months next year (April-June). He will be based in hospitals in the West of Scotland and will therefore have the opportunity of obtaining invaluable further experience through observership and study.


Livingstone-Stanley Events for March 2014

We are pleased to announce that the forthcoming visit of the Livingstone and Stanley descendants to Zambia is progressing well. This visit has been organised to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone and we believe it is the first time that descendants of Livingstone and Stanley have met on African soil since 1871. Due to a variety of circumstances the visit has been rescheduled to March next year. The planned events include:
  • Staying at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, courtesy of The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa and Safari Par Excellence
  • Visit to Livingstone Hospital in connection with the new Livingstone-Scotland Medical Exchange
  • Visit to some of the schools involved in new art, educational and cultural exchanges we have set up between schools in Zambia and the UK as part of the bicentenary initiative;
  • Exhibition by schools taking part in the new Livingstone Zambia-Scotland Schools Exchange Project.
  • Visit to Kasanka National Park and Chitambo Village where Livingstone died, courtesy of The Kasanka Trust
  • Whisky Tasting, courtesy Burn Stewart Whisky and Distell SA
  • Visit to Livingstone Island, courtesy of Tongabezi and Livingstone Island (subject to river levels).
We are delighted to welcome on board British Airways (Operated by Comair) as an additional sponsor to help make this trip possible.

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We would like to acknowledge the following for use of their images: The Anglican Street Children's Programme; Belinda Hodge.