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|Stanbic Bank Zambia’s Personal and Business Banking team has reached out to the Bauleni Special Needs Project with a donation of 60,000 Kwacha of much-needed items for its school.
Stanbic Head of Sales and Services Mwamba Musambo says the bank believes in giving back to the people and communities that support the Institution.
Musambo said And this is not just the bank giving back but the staff as well because they helped raise half the amount which the bank went ahead to match.
Among the donated material was a shower wheelchair and curtains. The wheelchair is a welcome development as it is a necessity for students with mobility challenges.
Project Director Sister Lynn Walker pointed to the fact that there were no showers accessible to children in wheelchairs in the hostels and despite having tried to make a wet room as best they could, staff still had to work extra hard to cater to the children.
She expressed her delight and gratitude on the donation of the chair and the rest of the items saying: “The fact as well that so much of this has come from the donations of Stanbic staff and not just from the business side but from the staff themselves, to me that just adds value, it adds huge value.
The team was educated on the challenges that special needs children face, particularly those who are deaf as well as blind. The Bauleni Special Needs Project seeks to create an enabling environment for the most marginalised and vulnerable young people through the provision of education and life-skill training.
The project also runs an integrated Special Needs School that caters to physically challenged children as well as able bodied children.