As at January 11, funds
raised were AUD 76,662.47
shown by the red area

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    HELP
     BUILD FOUR NEW CLASSROOMS 
     AT THE ALMS SCHOOL IN NDOLA, ZAMBIA 
     in memory of Graeme Blair 
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    HELP
     BUILD FOUR NEW CLASSROOMS 
     AT THE ALMS SCHOOL IN NDOLA, ZAMBIA 
     IN MEMORY OF GRAEME BLAIR 
  • bg
     HELP
     BUILD FOUR NEW CLASSROOMS 
     AT THE ALMS SCHOOL IN NDOLA, ZAMBIA 
     IN MEMORY OF GRAEME BLAIR 
  • bg
    HELP
     BUILD FOUR NEW CLASSROOMS 
     AT THE ALMS SCHOOL IN NDOLA, ZAMBIA 
     IN MEMORY OF GRAEME BLAIR 

FUNDRAISING STATUS   |   OUR FUNDRAISING TARGET IS AUD 100,000 (ABOUT USD 70,000)

Slab and Foundations

Cost: AUD 13,000

Stage 1 is fully funded.
Construction is now complete

Walls and Ring Beam

Cost: AUD 22,700

Stage 2 is fully funded.
Construction is now complete

Roofing

Cost: TBA

Stage 3 is partially funded.
Construction will start soon

Fitout and Finishing

Cost: TBA

Stage 4 to be funded.
Costruction TBA.

BACKGROUND TO THE PROJECT: ARISING LIFE MINISTRIES, ITS PEOPLE & CHILDREN, AND THE FUND


THE GRAEME BLAIR MEMORIAL FUND

This exciting life-changing project will fund the construction of a four classroom complex for the primary school, established eleven years ago by Arising Life Ministries (ALMS) in Ndola, Zambia. The project was initiated in honour of Graeme Blair who tragically died in 2019.
        Graeme and his wife Merryl have actively supported the school since first seeing the importance of its work while visiting Ndola in 2009. This short video provides further background to this project and outlines the funding required, as well as introducing the key people involved.
        Below are full versions of interviews with Joyce Chimbila and Merryl Blair, and also an inspirational speech given by one of the school's students, Mimerva, during the launch of the Graeme Blair Memorial Fund for ALMS in October, 2020. It will "blow you out of your socks," and give you a feeling for how Graeme and Merryl felt when they first encountered the people and work of ALMS.

JOYCE CHIMBILA

Joyce is the founder and director, the visionary and the driving force behind Arising Life Ministries (ALMS) in Ndola, Zambia.
In 2009 Joyce began a feeding project for disadvantaged children and orphans in Old Mushili. This soon became a preschool to prepare the children to enter government schools. When they were rejected because they were too old, Joyce started a Grade 1 school.
        Eleven years later, ALMS is a Kindergarten to Grade 7 Primary School, which supports its graduates as they progress through government High Schools with scholarships, uniforms and books, and food. The original school facilities in Mushili are complemented by a four-hectare block in Kaloko with food and income-generating activities: a piggery, cattle, concrete brick production and the sale of excess food production when the rains are kind.

MIMERVA: "We are because you are"

Mimerva had no education opportunities at all until she became a student of ALMS, aged 8. She is now 19 and is hoping to enter university. Her inspiring example highlights the importance of supporting the life-changing work of the school.
        She writes, "I am an orphan. I joined the ALMS school in Grade 1 with total free education in 2009. I am now in Grade 11 with full support from ALMS. I still enjoy the services of eating from there, counselling and spiritual fellowship.
        "My dream is to become an electrical engineer. I am a mentee at Northrise University and a mentor at Arising Life. I encourage the upcoming students to love school and enjoy studying.
        "Education is the only thing which will break our generational poverty. Thank you to all our sponsors. We are because you are. God bless you and ALMS."

MERRYL BLAIR

The Rev. Dr Merryl Blair has taught at Stirling College in Melbourne, Australia since the mid 1990s. During her sabbatical year, she and Graeme travelled to North Rise University in Ndola, Zambia. There they met Joyce Chimbila and her budding school.
Merryl enjoys introducing people to the wonderful complexities of the Hebrew Bible, in which the struggles and joys of everyday existence are brought into conversation with faith in a God who is totally involved in our existence. She is a Past President of the Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania, and currently minister at Hartwell Church of Christ.

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