A LIVINGSTONE businessman says able Zambians must endeavour to make poor children in rural areas happy.
And Kamatanda Community School head teacher Ann Mukelabai says her school children rarely have three meals a day.
During his birthday party at Kamatanda Community School, west of Livingstone, where he donated shoes and had lunch with vulnerable children and some parents, Philip Kasongo, proprietor of Gauzen Mining and Construction Company, said although his son was in hospital, he felt duty bound to celebrate his 42nd birthday with the children of Kamatanda.
“I felt it was my duty to make someone happy although it was me who is supposed to be partying. I believe that all able Zambians must endeavour to make poor children, especially in rural areas, happy,” Kasongo said.
He said with the help of his business partners, he managed to raise funds to build pit latrines as the school was using unsafe grass thatched ones.
Kasongo said his friend, Bruce Chiboola of Ruchi Consultancy, donated money to help upgrade some school structures.
And Mukelabai said the school had 120 children with equal representation of boys and girls.
She said the school founded in 2012 had seven teachers.
Mukelabai added that some adults in nearby villages had started school, with many due to sit their grade seven examinations.
“We would like to appreciate your contribution of money, food and soft drinks. These children rarely have three meals a day and may only have a drink or eat chicken during Christmas. Your gift is awesome, may God richly bless you,” said Mukelabai.