Natemwa learning centre
Natemwa Learning Centre is a large rural community school, deep in the heart of Zambian bush. It is located within The New Jerusalem Kachele village, which was founded to support and improve the lives of those who suffer from leprosy and their families. It was set up in 2000 by the Zambian charity National Agenda for Social Advancement (NASAD) and the carefully developed community is built on 500 acres of land. Instrumental in Kachele’s creation, and the driving force of the village and school, is Mrs Kathleen Harding MBE. Kathy's dedication to the village is clear by her choice to live half of the week at the village in an old caravan.
Natemwa Learning Centre is a primary school for the wider community with 236 children from preschool grade and grades 1 - 7. The children walk from the surrounding 10 villages to study at the school. The only alternative is to walk to the nearest government school which is 15km away and has around 60 children per class. Natemwa school provides hot food every day for the children via the Rise Against Hunger programme which improves both nutrition levels and academic performance.