The Simon Poultney Foundation

The Simon Poultney Foundation

New CSPP Web Site


We are pleased to introduce the new web site specifically designated to our Coordinated Suicide Prevention Program project.

We hope that many people will benefit from the information and resources provided through the site in our ongoing battle against suicide.

Click on the CSPP logo to visit the web site

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Soccer Uniforms Delight Zambian Community League

This afternoon at the end of a an all-day tournament marking the start of the soccer/football season we handed out 12 sets of adult soccer uniforms and 8 sets of youth soccer uniforms (including a ball and a pump) to the local community soccer league teams. 

It is hard to describe in words the sheer exuberance of 20 soccer teams and all their supporters as they received these – dancing and shouting with joy – and then proudly posing for the photos. (Unfortunately I was too busy taking photos to video the scene !)

Our very sincere thanks to the Westaskiwin (Alberta, Canada) Soccer Association for their generous donation of these uniforms and to the team – Vinj, Arnold and Dan – from the Wetaskiwin Community Pentecostal Church for bringing all the uniforms over to Zambia.

This has made a huge impact in the community !

An adult team and its junior team receive a set each

New Volunteer Interns for 2013

In Zambia we are very proud of our new group of volunteer interns – Majory, Prudence, Goodson and Cynthia – who are seen here as they completed one month of intense training in Pre-School Education, Life Skills and Adventures Unlimited.

It was a great pleasure to travel to Mpika to see where they had been and to spend time with all involved.

Our sincere thanks to the facilitators – Pastor Siame and his wife, Belinda Chitusa – and all the staff of their Latterrains School in Mpika for all their time and hard work in providing this training. They have made a huge impact in the lives of these young people and set them on a course to being game-changers in our community.

Look out for further updates on what they will achieve.

2013 Volunteer Interns

Pastoral Outreach 23 March

This past week-end we were honoured to have Pastor Bob Millman from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Pastor Kalengule Kaoma from Lusaka, Zambia visit our community for three days. Both from Grace Communion International with a long time connection with SPF but this being their first visit.

They are seen here with a group of local pastors and church leaders – 25 in all from 12 different churches – who gathered for a day of fellowship and teaching.

It was a very powerful time and if there had been electricity would have continued long into the night – no one wanted to stop !

Pastoral Outreach Photo

Fundraiser for Africa – Sunday 3 March

Volunteer Interns are Mobile

 

Interns with bicycles

Presentation of four bicycles to the new volunteer youth interns. They are delighted to have a means of covering the great distances in the community as they carry out their work on behalf of SPF.  The bicycles were purchased with funds donated by the Parkland Celebration Choir from Alberta, Canada. With grateful thanks to all choir members and those who donated at the recent concerts – your contributions will have a huge impact in our Zambian community.

Volunteer Welcomed

This week we were delighted to welcome Blair Mobley to Chibwelelo – seen here at the meeting to introduce her to community leaders. Blair is a third-year extension Peace Corps volunteer who has been assigned to work with SPF for the next 12 months. We will highlight Blair’s work in the coming months.

We are honoured to be partnering with Peace Corps in this way to further benefit our community development work.

Fundraiser for SPF

Zambian Orphans

We had a great time today meeting with the orphans in our orphan support program – seen here in the photo with our monitors Costain, Justin and Praise.

As always it was humbling to hear how their lives have been impacted by what we do for them with such small amounts of money and how heartfelt they express their appreciation for the donors.

It is sad to know that there are so many more orphans needing help and we constantly pray for more people to partner with us in making a small monthly donation to this program.

High School Scholarships

It was very exciting to drive our new crop of students that have been sponsored to go to high school to Mkushi Coppermine High School today to start in Grade 10.  It is a boarding school in a rural setting so it takes a couple of hours to drive each way.

In the photo can be seen Anna, Pearson, Silvester and Joshua (Pastor Justin’s son) together with their tin trunks and other goods ready to load up for the trip. They were overwhelmed with excitement – and appreciation – for this incredible opportunity.

Thanks to this year’s sponsors – Emily Ainsley, Allan and Karen Effa and Susan Ulan.