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Children from Kitwe in Zambia wearing the Blades strip taken over by charity workers from Sheffield

Children from Kitwe in Zambia wearing the Blades strip taken over by charity workers from Sheffield

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Four volunteers from Sheffield have returned to the city after helping with the development of a school that teaches more than 800 orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia.

Teacher Caroline Little, from Oughtibridge Primary School, Wisewood School support teacher Pam Smith, charity trustee and architect Matthew Jones, and retired consultant engineer Peter Shapland visited Sheffield’s twin city of Kitwe as part of the Ituna Community Project.

Children from Kitwe in Zambia wearing the Owls and Blades strips taken over by charity workers from Sheffield

Children from Kitwe in Zambia wearing the Owls and Blades strips taken over by charity workers from Sheffield

The project was set up by Sheffield doctors Andrew and Mary Grafton, to work in partnership with the Racecourse community in Kitwe, to develop a Community School, that would have a positive impact on the future lives of the children and wider community.

While Caroline and Pam helped to develop the curriculum and teaching at the school, Matthew - who designed the school in consultation with locals - and Peter looked at ways of setting up income generating activities which are intended to ensure the financial sustainability of the community.

The four volunteers took with them football strips donated by Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, which girls and boys from the school donned to stage a ‘Sheffield Derby Match.’

The quartet said they were met with “overwhelming enthusiasm and gratitude” from the children, staff and local community and added that there was “a tremendous response” for sports equipment donated by Wisewood and Oughtibridge Schools.

The Sheffield-based Ituna Community Project charity is looking at new ways of raising more money to fund the next stage of the project.

n For more information, visit www.ituna.net.