Meet Maureen Kumbuyo

Maureen outside Response Network offices

Maureen outside Response Network Offices

Maureen outside the student Resource Centre at Response Network

Maureen outside the student Resource Center at Response Network

In the Zambian curriculum at the end of each year, examinations are held for pupils in 7th grade for them to qualify to 8th grade which is a transition from primary education to secondary education. At the end of 2015 83 girls being supported by Academic Work sat for this exam.

96% of the girls performed very well but we have one that performed extremely well, Maureen Kumbuyo. Maureen scored 800 marks out of 1000. She has been accepted at the only female technical school in Southern Province, Nikko Technical Secondary School. Maureen is 14 years old, she lost her parents when she was 3 years old. She has been raised by her grandparents(mother’s parents). Life has not been easy for Maureen as her grandparents are very old and they do not work. The family of 8 depends on Maureen’s aunt who stays within Livingstone. Maureen has been receiving support for 3 years now and has really shown her appreciation for the support by working so hard and being the top of her class. She has also been an active member of the children’s council, meaning she has been representing her fellow pupils during important school meeting and has been a part of the decision making process for issues that concern the school. Her performance was always noted every year during awarding ceremonies at Response Network as she was always among the best students of the year.

She is so happy about her achievement and we will soon hear how she is settling in boarding school.

Meet Bakari

Some weeks ago we introduced you to one of our new Youth Sport Exchange Program (YSEP) volunteers named Henry Edvardsen from Norway and now, we introduce you to the second YSEP volunteer from the beautiful country of Tanzania. We asked him to give us a little introduction and tell us a little more about himself.


My name is Bakari Swalehe Bakari. I am 26 years old and i am the last born in a family of four children. I have two brothers and one sister.
I am from Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania and CHRISC is my home organization which deals with educating youth through sports. My hobbies are Swimming, Reading books, interacting with new people and have fun and sports activities. My interest is in science subjects and my aspiration in life is to be a Doctor.
My expectations in the YSEP Program is to learn new cultures, have new friends, more experience and new skills as well as sharing of ideas with new people I will meet.
Being under RESPONSE NETWORK  I am sure I will fulfill my expectations.