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Sunday, 2 April 2017

It's official!

It's official, Friends of Chitambo has won a second round of Scottish Government Small Grant funding for our project on 'Strengthening emergency care communications in Chitambo District, central Zambia': Click here to read more
It's going to be another very busy but productive year for us!

2017 Rwanda Zambia Funding Round: Scottish Government Information Day 23rd March


Scottish Government has launched its 2017 Rwanda Zambia Funding Round:
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An information day was held on Thursday 23rd March, at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
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Dr. Alistair Allan,  Minister for International Development, opened the meeting by outlining Scotland's  new International Development Strategy.  This was followed by presentations by members of the ID team as well as the High Commissioners of Rwanda and Zambia before Lloyds TSB Foundation explained the application criteria for the new funding round.

There were workshops and networking opportunities.  See some images from the day:

Minister for International Development addresses the conference


Members of the Scottish Zambian community were in attendance 


Under the flag of our land

Zambia and Rwanda flags flying together




Thank you to Penicuik Rotary Club

As well as the very generous donations at Janet's funeral, we were also blessed recently with a giant cheque from Penicuik Rotary Club.

We were invited to an evening presentation and photoshoot at the Navaar Hotel, Penicuik.  .Jo, Richard and Gillian attended and here are the photos to prove it.





WhatsApp thank you messages were received from Zambia.  We expect these funds to go towards purchase of a further Very High Frequency (VHF) radio for one of Chitambo District's  remotest, most isolated Rural Health Clinics.

A Fond Farewell to Janet



Our Honorary President, Janet, was laid to rest on Sunday 12th March, at Rosewell Church and cemetery, Rosewell village, Midlothian, Scotland.

Despite the unseasonable snowfall, there was a massive turnout....a measure of how much Janet was loved and will be missed.

Snow on the day!


Janet's grand nephew, Sam, enabled a live video link to the funeral so that family and friends as far afield as Australia, Norway, New Zealand and Zambia, as well as many local friends,  were able to attend virtually and hear the beautiful Eulogy prepared by Janet's family and read out by the Minister who conducted the service.

Sam has since created a YouTube video so that you  can still 'be there': Click here for the video

 Janet's last wish was for the retiring collection to go to Friends of Chitambo, a typically thoughtful and generous gesture.   Her family suggested that we put a leaflet about the charity and donations process on on the church pews before the service: Click here for the leaflet
However, the snowfall put paid to that as the Friends of Chitambo party only just arrived in time.  

Even so, it seemed that the donations box was already stuffed full!  And, at the post funeral tea, friends and family were queuing up to give donations and complete gift aid envelopes.  We were overwhelmed by the generosity on the day and later when Janet's sister, Lindsay, paid another  very generous online donation into our account.  This was partly from herself and also from the Australian side of the family.  We are very grateful indeed and can't thank them all enough,  All told, Janet's farewell gift to Friends of Chitambo has been truly magnificent  and we plan to ring fence it for further Student Nurse Training Scholarships in her name: The Janet Knox Nurse Training  Scholarships.

Natotela saana mukwai (thank you) Ba Janet, we are still feeling your love.


FoCh Trustees with Janet's youngest sister, Rhona (2nd from right)

Janet's flowers