Lukungu community has a population of approximately 4 000 people, spread over 654 households. Fishing is the major economic activity in the area, alongside subsistence farming. They primarily grow cotton, and maize as the staple food, and keep livestock. Lukungu is comprised of a primary school, a secondary school currently under construction, and a small medical dispensary. The missionary hospital is 20km (12mi) from Lukungu in Mkula.
Lukungu Primary School was established in 1960 and has expanded over time to meet the changing needs and demands of the community. Africa Foundation has supported the primary school since 2003.
Assistance has included:
- One kitchen and dining hall construction
- 12 ablutions
- Two new classrooms
- 20 classrooms refurbishments
- 200 desks
- Administration block construction
- Water tank and guttering
- Refurbishment of two teachers’ accommodation
- New teacher’s accommodation construction
In 2013 Africa Foundation responded to the identified need of additional support for vulnerable children within the community, and for pre-school education. The Lukungu Pre-school and OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) centre was built, with four classrooms, four ablutions, a kitchen and dining room, borehole, admin block, playground equipment and provision of training for preschool teachers. Sumayi James was also supported by Africa Foundation to obtain her Diploma and then Degree in Early Childhood Development. Today, Lukungu School educates 1 235 students from preschool to Grade 7 with the aid of 22 teachers.
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