Our Pestalozzi Zambian Village, children and staff put their heart and soul into a spectacular performance displaying our children’s talents in dancing, acting, film making, singing and art.
Over two nights our children performed an unforgettable show in honour of the late Sally Dean’s life and legacy.
Sally Dean, who sadly passed away earlier this year, played an integral part in developing our Zambian Village as Chair for several years. Once she left this position she stayed on to support the Village, particularly focusing on our Alumni. She appreciated the struggles some of our children can face once they leave our care, therefore she created her own fund to provide resources to our Alumni to support them on to the next stages of their lives, be it to college, university, or to begin a business.
The performances by all the children involved were outstanding, particularly in front on such large crowds. Our founders, Sir Richard and Lady Butler, both flew in especially to be apart of this special event. The audience was also filled with supporters, local businesses, families and parents from the school, as well as our board members and staff, many of whom donated to the Memorial Fund on the night.
Our Founder Sir Richard Butler, gave a speech thanking the incredible work that Sally Dean has done for Pestalozzi Zambia over 20 years, in expanding our work from 30 children to 300 children, to setting up the fund to support our children as Alumni in the next stages of their lives. He also thanked her family for continuing on her legacy by continuing their support.
The amount raised is still being tallied up, but we will keep you posted, along with the videos of the Show.
On the final night of the Show, the children had just finished performing when the dj started playing B’Flow’s song, Dear Mama (featuring Barack Obama.) Then to everyone’s complete amazement, he appeared on stage! And he took the roof off!!
The beaming smiles and joyful singing from our children and alumni reflect the true honour of his presence.
B’Flow, is the biggest name in music in Zambia. He uses music to advocate against gender-based violence and to educate youth on HIV and AIDs. He is the founder of “Music For Change,” an initiative dedicated to leveraging the power of music for social transformation. He also went to The White House, where he was praised for his work by Barack Obama.
B’Flow also very generously spoke to our children giving them this powerful messasge:
A heartfelt thank you to B-Flow, our dedicated staff, and our remarkable children for making this magical night possible. We are truly grateful to @bflowmusic Thank you, for taking the time to join us.
My call to action, to all of you, is that we must all identify our areas of strength, where we’re going to make a difference in our society. Okay? So I have always pledged that before I die, or even after I die, I want to be remembered as that artist who was very different. Not like everybody else. When everybody else is just singing about entertainment, I wanted to sing about things that I know will bring change in the mind of my fellow Zambians. Okay?
So even you guys, as you get into society and as you continue with your studies, I want you to identify your area of strength, know what you’re good at and pursue it, perfect it, until you make an impact in that area. And trust me, sometimes it feels like no one is watching, but people watch.
This song that we are singing here is a song that I recorded after I was invited to The White House. Now, here is just a boy who grew up in a small town called Kabwe, okay? Without ever dreaming or imagining that one day I’ll be invited by the President of the US and all these things. And I want you to look at my story and think about yourself to know that it’s very possible for you to achieve great things as long as you stay focused and you keep pushing.
Okay, guys, so let’s remember the legacy of Sally Dean and let’s take a leaf… So when I say we have to take a leaf, I’m simply trying to say we have to emulate the example of Sally Dean. And what that simply means is that we can all learn something from her life and we can also make an impact.
Can you imagine one day, 50 years from now, or 60 years from now, or let’s say 90 years from now? Right? Someone else will be seated in this building talking about you and your legacy and the great things that you did. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine that?
So you should be the next Sally Dean.
So let’s put our hands together for the next Sally Dean and all of us.”B’Flow to our children in Zambia 2023.