The school is situated in New Ngombe compound in Lusaka the capitol city of Zambia. Ngombe is a shanty compound deprived of running water ans only has one government school which has over 2000 students. With a population of over 50,000 in Ngombe securing a place at the school is difficult and highly competitive with vulnerable children without means of sponsorship often miss out.
On the 1st of September 2003 the school was opened with only 2 children, by December this number had grown to 40. It went on to be registered with the Zambia Community Schools Association, Registrar of Societies and the Ministry of Education in 2004. It has continued to grow at a great rate and today the school has just under 700 children, 33% being orphans, 40% with single parents and 27% from both parent households.
The school goes from nursery to the recently introduced grade 10 class in 2012, staff at the school consists of 16 teachers, 5 auxiliary staff, 1 coordinator and 1 accountant.
English is the language that all classes are taught in right the way from nursery school to the secondary level. English is Zambia's business language, all textbooks are written in engish and all government examinations come in english.
2008 - in our first grade 7 examination we achieved a 89% pass rate with two students attaining 739 and 720 out of a possible 800 marks.
2009 - 100% pass rate for grade 7 with two students attaining 776 and 767 out of 800 marks. Grade 9 achieved a 95% pass rate.
2010 - 99% pass rate for grade 7. Grade 9 had a 55% pass rate which was higher than the national pass rate of 41%.
Socially, the school endeavors to get students engaged with their community and environment. At a school level the school interacts and networks with other community schools in debating, drama, sports, AIDS and Health clubs. They also learn leadership skills, community responsibility through activities like cleaning the clinic and streets.
Spiritually, the teachers meet to fellowship in the morning prior to classes. Each teacher will lead a devotion sharing from God's word and is a great time of personal sharing and testimonies. Class teaching is to be carried out with Godly principles encouraging the of the values of honesty, hard work, integrity, love, self respect and respect for others. Teachers are to be mentors of the students and must be on hand to call for help when a student has a spiritual or physical need. Scripture Union, Bible study and choir groups are there for students to express their faith.
Below are a few links to articles and sites of organisations who have been or are currently involved with Hope and Faith.
Smile International - http://www.smileinternational.org/Zambia.aspx
Zambian Orphans of Aids ZOA-UK - http://zoa.org.uk/projects/hope-and-faith-school/
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/smo/naidheachd/fiosan/sgoil-hope_b.html
Sleat & Strath Free Church - http://sleatandstrath.wordpress.com
Feeding the Nations - http://www.feedingthenations.org/zambia.html
Skye & Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations - http://www.slcvo.org.uk/Default.aspx.LocID-06901e.Lang-EN.emID-907.cal-yes.EventID-17419.htm