Christabel's Pestalozzi Journey
Christabel started her PestalozziWorld journey at the Zambian Village in 2004. After graduating Grade 12 in 2011, Christabel went on to study agriculture and is now an assistant farm manager, working on an agricultural project at the Zambian Village supported by our partners at The JAF Foundation.
Before Pestalozzi World
"I come from a rural Northern part of Zambia. My father left us when I was only 9 months and it was a struggle for my mother to put food on the table and to send us to school. At home I didn’t have a bed of my own. When I was chosen by Pestalozzi, I was very happy."
Memories of my time at the Village
"On my first day I remember I was very shy, and it took me a while to get used to the new environment. We had travelled a long distance, so we were tired when we arrived. To get there and have my own bed, my own space, my own shoes I was over the moon! I was really happy and excited! I started having 3 nice meals a day which was very different to back home. When I went back to my village for holidays everyone said I looked like a different person.
One of my best memories is that they used to keep a track of everyone’s grades and if you got good marks you were put in the newsletter and we used to take them to our parents. My mother doesn’t know how to read English so I would give it to my brother, and he would read it to her. I think I was in the newsletter twice and it made my mother so proud, it was the best moment of my life!"
"I acquired new knowledge and skills, but the experience also changed the way I think and gave me a different perspective on life. In my family a lot of my cousins were married by age of 13. If it were not for Pestalozzi, I am sure I would have been married and I would have children but it’s a different story now.
"It is my ambition to get a farm and have chickens and crops and a supermarket of my own where I can sell my own products.
In the future I would like to give back to the community, maybe identify 2 or 3 vulnerable children and help them like Pestalozzi helped me.
To the donors and supporters of PestalozziWorld I would first of all like to thank you and ask you to continue your support because if it had not been for you my life would have been very different. Your help has not only changed my life, but it has also changed my family's life. If just 10 people’s lives are changed in that way, we are helping a huge number of people in society."