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PKF Zambia renovates school for the blind

12 Jan 2018

By Brian Hatyoka, Times of Zambia

"PKF Zambia Accountants and Business Advisors has refurbished the Linda Farm for the Blind Community School in Livingstone. The organisation, which operates in Southern as well as Lusaka and Copperbelt Provinces, also cleaned surrounding areas of the farm, painted the school and planted an orchard garden on the premises. PKF Zambia Accountants and Business Advisors Managing Partner Anthony Ranjan said his organisation, which had 120 staff in three provinces, had allocated more than K100,000 in 2017 to conduct Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects in selected communities that included Linda Farm for the Blind. “All the staff and management usually do community work annually as part of CSR to support community and our environment where we operate from,” he said. He said his company had already carried our CSR activities in Ndola and Lusaka office this year.

He said the aim of the company was to support projects which would directly benefit the communities. Mr Ranjan said his organisation was part of the community and it wanted to appreciate the communities. “We brought professional people to overhaul the whole building and repair the cracks including painting,” he said. Last year, the company picked on Maramba Old People’s Home, but this year, it decided to promote the educations of vulnerable pupils at the farm for the blind. Mr Ranjan said although the Government was doing its part to provide essential services to the public, it was also important for the private sector to supplement Government efforts in improving the lives of citizens. Zambia Agency for People Living with Disabilities (ZAPD) District Coordinator Kennedy Mwewa thanked PKF Zambia for the gesture.

Mr Mwewa, whose organisation owns the farm, said the school was donated by ZAPD partners from abroad. “Construction works for the school were not correctly done initially by the first contractors and this is why there are a lot of cracks,” he said.

He explained that owing to the problems pertaining to the poor work done by the initial contractor, ZAPD wrote to PKF Zambia last week and the company responded.

He thanked PKF for responding to help the institution at short notice. Although the school has 90 pupils, it only has three classrooms and therefore, needed more desks from cooperating partners. Linda Farm for the Blind Community School teacher Catherine Mutinta urged the business community to help expand the school. “The school is only from baby class to Grade One. We need more classrooms and teachers as well as teachers houses,” Ms Mutinta said."

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