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Raise a Smile News


14.11.2019: The Reading Continues!

reading continues

If you have been following our work, you know that we have a special part in our hearts for literacy. Few things are as gratifying as seeing a child go through the process from not knowing what the letters on a page mean, to understanding a whole story. The opportunities in this world are out there, but they will be very limited, if we can't read them...

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21.0.2019: The Ladies of the Baobab Craft Shop

Craft shop, Zambia

We are used to planning. There is always something that needs planning and in rural Zambia there is also always something unexpected that makes you sit down and plan again! Sometimes things happen that we didn't plan and turn out to be truly amazing...

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15.09.2018: Menstruation Management

menstruation management for school girls in Zambia

Menstruation is a normal part of being a woman. An average woman will be on her period for 2535 days in her lifetime, which is almost 7 years. It is puzzling how something that literally half the world experiences can still be connected to so much stigma and myth. How something that is vitally important for humans...

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25.04.2018: The Joy of Reading

School library, Chiutika school, Zambia

Reading is the foundation of every education. One of the greatest things to see is when children go through the process of learning to read; taking this big step that opens the world of books for them. Books full of knowledge, great stories and role models to look up to. We all probably remember being so excited by...

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18.09.2017: WASH at Mphata School

water and sanitation for Mphata school, Zambia

We have kicked off our WASH (WAter, Sanitation and Hygiene) project in Mambwe District with a major upgrade of facilities for Mphata School. We are currently in the process of constructing four new toilets, hand washing stations and a borehole in addition to also providing hygiene education to the school's 495 pupils...

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03.05.2017: Jenseits von Millionen 2017 Appetiser

Jenseits von Millionen music festival

On the 4th and 5th of August the Jenseits von Millionen Music Festival is happening again! The intimate festival for indie music lovers takes place every year at a castle 60km South of Berlin. 2017 will be the 6th year in a row that Jenseits von Millionen have chosen to support Raise a Smile...

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12.04.2017: WASH in Schools

WASH in Schools in Zambia - Raise a Smile news

Water borne diseases are one of the main causes of school absenteeism and are especially dangerous for young children. This is why Raise a Smile is starting a new WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) project for schools in rural Zambia...

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18.11.2016: Mambwe Goes Green!

Mambwe goes green - Raise a Smile news

Current levels of deforestation in Zambia are amongst the highest in the world, with a rate of 250,000 to 300,000 hectares a year. To put that into context, an area the size of 1,000 football pitches is cleared every day, in a country with only 13 million people...

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15.10.2016: Goldene Bild der Frau

Goldene Bild der Frau

We are delighted to announce that on 13th October 2016 Raise a Smile chairwoman, Esther Ridder, was honoured for her work with Raise a Smile by Germany's biggest women's magazine, Bild der Frau. Every year the magazine recognises 5 women for their outstanding commitment to charitable work...

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12.09.2016 Literacy Training Complete

literacy training for teachers in rural schools

After months of hard work our STAARS Literacy capacity building meetings are finally complete! Since the beginning of 2016 we have been working hand in hand with the Mambwe District Ministry of Education to train teachers in early literacy in the local language of Chinyanja...

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15.05.2016: Pupil Sponsorship Scheme Continues To Grow

Raise a Smile sponsored pupils

Raise a Smile has always supported bright pupils to achieve their potential through our school fee sponsorship scheme. We started with our first 2 pupils back in 2009, and the numbers have increased gradually over the years until today, when we currently support 30 pupils...

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28.12.2015 STAARS: Literacy Training for Teachers!

Raise a Smile STAARS: Literacy Teacher Training

Raise a Smile is working with the Mambwe District Ministry of Education to host a series of literacy training days for teachers in Mambwe District. By the end of 2016 every grade one and two teacher in Mambwe District will have recieved a copy of the resource manual and attended two days of teacher training...

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14.07.2015 STAARS: Chinyanja Literacy for Rural Schools!

Raise a Smile STAARS: Literacy in Chinyanja

Raise a Smile has launched STAARS, a series of manuals and guides to help improve teaching in rural schools. The first manual, which has been completed the with assistance of the Ministry of Education in Mambwe, is a resource manual for literacy in the local language of Chinyanja...

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