Sheffield care home supports South African school project

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A Sheffield care home is backing a project to build a school in South Africa - in the home town of one of its workers.

Zambia-born Francis Sukwa has spent years raising funds to open a primary school in Mufulira, the town where he grew up in the Copperbelt Province, where there is crippling poverty and unemployment.

Francis, a care worker at Broomgrove Nursing Home in Broomhall, has been fundraising and travelling to and from Zambia for years to head up the M-Shining Star Tutorial School project, where he wants to improve the way of life for local children.

It is hoped that the school will eventually open in January.

To help with the final push residents at the nursing home have offered to help raise cash.

Donna Pierpoint, Broomgrove’s manager, said: “I invited Francis Sukwa to talk about his project at a recent residents’ meeting and he totally silenced the room - everyone was in awe of what he was doing and what he’d already achieved.

“Residents have decided to start raising money for the project and I’m all for it.”

Francis said: “Nearly 50 per cent of Zambia’s population is aged under 14 and education in the country is deemed a privilege rather than a right.

“Raising my own children in Sheffield where education is a right has shown me the kind of standards I need to aim for.”

Sheffield’s Bankwood Primary School has donated furniture for the school and Broomgrove Nursing Home has donated computer equipment, chairs and musical instruments.

Donations can be made at the home.