Mpepo Secondary School

Mpepo Secondary School

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Mpepo Secondary School is one of our most isolated and hard to get to schools, located high in the mountains near the Mozambique border. Because of the unique geography in the area, the people from the 4 villages partnering together to build this school have to work a lot harder than people do in other regions of the country. And it has been quite a challenge to transport metal roofing and cement all the way to Mpepo as well. But in spite of all of these challenges, we now have more than a hundred students studying at this school, and this year our first graduating class will take their national examinations.

People in these villages will long remember that it was Sunday Sinkonde who inspired the huge effort that it took to complete the building of the school and to get it registered and accredited. He was a former student of Steve and Susan’s who studied in the same class with Godfrey, Emmanueli and Janerose at Makuzani Secondary School. After graduating from college, he returned and volunteered to serve at “the hardest school” in “the most difficult location” – and he rapidly gained not only the trust of his students, but the admiration and cooperation of their parents and the leaders of the village. Over an 18-month period, he and his students built four classrooms, three teacher houses and completed the administration building. Sunday died rather tragically in March 2013. His students continue on with the building of even more classrooms.