Current Enrollment: 589
THE GEORGE LCA SCHOOL BUILDING USED TO ENCOMPASS EVERYTHING IT NOW DEFIES.
Reeking of alcohol abuse and corruption, the structure was a bar that various community “leaders” frequented daily. Men and women consumed copious amounts of alcohol and left stumbling through the narrow streets of muck back to their homes, where their children became the object of abuse.
Today, 465 students attend this private academy in that restored building, turning darkness to light. A 12-foot wall shields them from the turmoil and hardships of the outside world. Youthful voices echo through the classrooms as teachers flood starved minds with lessons in English, science and mathematics, just to name a few.
One of those minds is 12-year-old Sternly Mulenga, who spends his time in fifth grade soaking up not only the education, but life lessons as well.
“I used to go to another school. It was very bad because there were so many children and only one teacher. I could not read and did not learn how. When I did something wrong, the teacher hit me with a pipe. Then in 2012, I went to Camp LIFE. I learned about the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the Gospel of peace and the sword of the Spirit. I know I can trust God and I believe He will provide for my family and me.
“I forgive my bad teachers from the other school. For the Disciple ONE program, our Family Legacy mentor, Tutolan, teaches us about good men like Joseph and Abraham. When I tell my mom, she says it is good to tell her the Word of God and that I am a good son.”
His mother, who praises her son for being a good pupil, did not have the privilege of an education. Like many uneducated girls, Mary Tembo married young and began having children at an early age. Now she attempts to sell used clothes at the market – it is her only source of income. The George LCA is her only hope for an education for Sternly.
“Without this organization, he would not go to school. From the time my son started coming here, his behavior changed. He is doing very well in school and always gets very good grades. Even the community is happy with the school. They are able to help with the cooking for the children – voluntarily – they are very happy with the school and what it is doing. I help make lunch for the children with other caretakers because of what the organization is doing.”