As Sandy (the NLC Missionary in Residence) worked for years with the tutoring program, she saw that many of these older students were struggling with their English skills and were playing catch-up. Since all the student’s exams are in English, if a student doesn’t have a good grasp of the English language, they will not succeed in any of their subjects.
Sandy saw that we really needed to catch these kids at an earlier age, much earlier, and help them with a strong English foundation. She shared this idea and vision with Cathy Hatcher, a retired teacher and school counselor, who has worked with NLC for many years. Cathy caught the vision and saw how she could lend her skills and experience to this. They also saw a need for the preschool teachers to be better trained. So Cathy started the ED Project click here for more info.
Since 2015 potential preschool teachers were identified and Cathy was able to train them with a week-long training program at NLC that gives them the skills needed to establish a successful preschool class. She also gives them a starter pack of school supplies – books, pencils, crayons, toys, and lots of ideas and new skills! As the relationship grows, we find other ways to help the preschools. This may include things like cabinets, tables, chairs, and additional training sessions.
Seeing the need for books that Zambian kids could relate to – where the characters look and live like they do, Cathy decided to author her own book series and recruited Emily (the NLC ministry coordinator) to become the illustrator. Thus the Mulenga series began! This children’s book series depicts a Zambian boy named Mulenga and his life adventures. The books are sold on Amazon for the education of children worldwide. Part of the proceeds of the sale of the books goes toward supporting the ED project and providing the books to Zambian teachers. All three Mulenga books can be found on Amazon by searching under “Mulenga” or “Cathy Hatcher.” The latest book can be found by clicking here.