When she was first introduced to 12 year old Carol Zulu, Kathy Headlee had no idea that her life had just been forever changed.  Carol was a bright, happy 12 year old, who, due to abuse, malnutrition, and disease, was seriously ill.  Despite her challenges, Carol was a light to all who met her.  Kathy took Carol back to the Mothers Without Borders facility in Lusaka, Zambia where she could be in a safe, loving environment.  Though she was only with MWB for 3 years before dying due to complications of HIV/AIDS, Carol left a legacy of love, forgiveness, and joy in the face of adversity.

Carol understood the importance of education.  Before she died, she repeatedly made Kathy promise that Mothers Without Borders would build a school where Carol’s cousins, siblings, and friends could all get an education.

Mothers Without Borders has named our new school the Carol Zulu Primary School in honor of the promise Kathy made to Carol. The new school currently has 234 students enrolled in grades 1-7 and serves a community where less than 1/3 of the children have an opportunity to go to school. The goal is to continue adding onto the new school until there are 500 students.

A sample lesson plan for school is shown below:

  • 08:00 – 09:00 Reading
  • 09:00 – 10:00 Language
  • 10:00 – 10:10 Break
  • 10:10 – 11:10 Math
  • 11:10 – 12:10 Science
  • 12:10 – 13:15 Lunch
  • 13:15 – 14:15 Social Development Studies (SDS)
  • 14:15 – 15:00 Creative Technology Studies (CTS)
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Study
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Gardening

Reading, Language and Math are taught by level. Science, SDS and CTS are taught by grade. CTS is considered an art class and can include sports, clay scuplting, knitting, sewing and other skills. Science is a blend of the Zambian and American curriculums.

Through the generous donations of many, our school is equipped with curriculum designed to assist in rapid advancement of the students. Utilizing a blend of curriculum found in schools around the world, we are able to provide both teachers and students with the tools they will need to compete for placement in secondary schools, and beyond.

Thanks to the effots of our international volunteers, the school has a wide selection of books for the children to enjoy, in class or on their own.

A whole new world is opened for these children, and they can often be found reading alone, or in groups …just for fun!