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Community Library Project
Uyoba, Zambia

Latest News from Uyoba - September 2021


Our giving continues, we were able to give a gift of 3,000 (Zambian) kwacha directly to Jenny to use for the good of her pupils at Uyoba School.  Andrew Shaw, a former member of St James’ congregation happened to be working in her remote area for a week and was able to hand her the cash. 


Jenny writes: 

Hi Priscilla

A huge thank you to you and your congregation and to Andrew for bringing the 3000zmk!

It is such a blessing and has arrived just as one of our nest students Ackson, was about to drop out of university due to loss of a sponsor. It will help him to register again. THANK YOU!


Thank you so much for thinking about us!

The libraries are going well, we now have 7!! Unfortunately, schools are closed due to Covid,

but we have used the time to construct a new library at Uyoba School. The librarians are doing the building from earth bags Uyoba Schools enrolment has gone from 328 to about 1200 and they need the classroom that we have been using back!


So lovely to hear from you and thank you so much!!



Lent Giving for Uyoba 2020

In the past few years, we have been delighted with the response from everyone at St James.

The generous gifts of new and used books, toys and craft items as well as all the knitting from Crafty Cuppa ladies have amounted to us being able to stack pallets and have them transported by container at no charge by the generosity of the National Police Aid Charity. Unfortunately, this is not able to happen this year without us having to find a lot of money for transport.  

Instead, our aim is to raise as much money as possible preferably to buy sets of books which a teacher can use with five children all at once and several one-off books for individual readers.  Jenny will then be able to purchase items from a bookshop in Lusaka, the capital, or any of us going to Zambia on a visit could pack some in with their luggage. Ways and means will be found!   ​

So, please continue to support us and find out more from

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------      News from Jenny and Mike  -  January 2019

​Raise a Smile is a not-for-profit charity organisation improving the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia, one of the poorest countries in the world. Our main focus is on education, as we believe that education is the most powerful tool that can be used to escape poverty. Since 2012 we have been teaching children to read in Mfuwe, alongside the government school system. We aim to create a culture of reading, and have created libraries where the children come to learn, and have fun in an otherwise stark world.

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