The Tongabezi Trust School opened on 1 May 1996 and has grown from strength to strength, thanks to the dedication of Vanessa Parker. Vanessa is the wife of Ben Parker, who in 1990, along with the late Will Ruck-Keene, established Tongabezi - a luxury safari lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River in Livingstone, Zambia. The school provides education to the Tongabezi staff children, as well as children from the local community, in an area where educational funding and materials are scarce.
Tujatane has grown from a pre-school class of 15 children, to a primary school with over 240 students. Apart from the first classroom, which Tongabezi built, the development of the school has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of donors all over the world. These donations range from individual child sponsorship, teacher sponsorship, the help with food programme, medical programme, right through to building projects. The school currently has ten classrooms including a computer room with ten donated laptops, a fully equipped science laboratory, a library and a reading room, kitchen and canteen and a fantastic music room with guitars and keyboards as well as local instruments such as the marimba.
You can of course donate at any time but if you are staying at Tongabezi we truly recommend spending a morning at the school.