Unlike some older schools, Marymount has no form of endowment, meaning that we are entirely reliant on income from fees and philanthropy. Every building of campus has benefitted from some form of philanthropic support from the Marymount community. Each generation of Marymount families has “paid it forward” for the generations to come.
Marymount Hardship Recovery Fund
In the spirit of our mission as a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary school, the Board of Governors and the Senior Leadership have established the Marymount London Hardship Recovery Fund.
The Fund is intended to help students and the school itself recover from financial difficulties resulting from the coronavirus or the subsequent lockdown. By supporting this Fund, your gift will allow us to continue stewarding the mission of the Sisters of the RSHM into the future. Marymount girls are unique in their outlook, as they are “firm in faith, vibrant in hope, rooted in love and one in service”.
Over £80,000 has already been raised to support girls who wouldn’t otherwise be able to continue their Marymount education. We would be delighted to have your support, bringing the whole Marymount community together to support our budding global leaders.
Supporting the RSHM in the Zambezi region
Conscious of the problems of the needy and marginalized women and children in the world, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary act to address these problems. In 1998, the four RSHM international schools in Europe were linked to the RSHM missions in Africa. Marymount London – alongside our sister school in Rome – supports the missions in Zambia through the Abana Project.
Chivuna community work
Chivuna Health Clinic
Without even the most basic of medical supplies and equipment, this clinic strives to provide basic healthcare for families in Chivuna and its surrounding villages. The clinic also coordinates outreach programs for the mothers of infants of remote villages in the Chivuna region.
Chivuna Primary School
This school is run by the government, catering for almost 1,000 local children. The school is often short of teachers. There are now plans to start a pre-school for the many children who live around the mission.
St. Joseph’s Secondary School for Girls
St. Joseph’s Secondary School for Girls, which is fee-paying, provides secondary education for more than 600 girls from all over Zambia. These students, all girls, not only undertake responsibility for the maintenance of the school, they also subsidize the running of the school by cultivating their own crops.
A major project was completed in 2008 to provide an adequate supply of clean water to the whole mission. A second stage now needs to be addressed. The area needs a sewage system that will ensure hygienic conditions and will recycle waste.
Street Children Project
The aim of this project is to provide support and shelter for children living on the streets of Choma. The majority of these children have lost parents to AIDS. The organisation provides the orphans with food and blankets, and it built a shelter to house them.
In another area of Choma the local residents are starting a community school for their children who are not able to attend the government primary schools.
St. Mulumba’s School
This boarding school provides education for 160 children with specific, and sometimes very severe, physical and mental disabilities. Support from Marymount Rome enabled the school to build a new dormitory and purchase a state-of-the-art piano for the visually challenged and an industrial-sized cooking vat, which facilitates meals for the children. In 2019 Marymount Rome’s fundraising allowed for the stockage of necessary books and supplies.
Kalundu Ka Maria Open Community School
This school was founded with funds raised by Marymount Rome students. In fact, Kalundu Ka Maria means Marymount in Tonga (the most commonly spoken tribal language in the region). This is a free school for children who live in the townships. In 2018 Marymount Rome’s fundraising also allowed for the purchase of a new roof for Kalunda Ka Maria‘s Grade 8 classroom after a storm had completely destroyed it, allowing children to return to school.
Kara Counselling and Clinic for AIDS Patients
This clinic provides HIV testing and post-test counselling. This clinic also provides home-based care for AIDS patients, and it runs a small hospice.
Umoyo (Life) Centre for Orphans
The RSHM started this centre to cater for the needs of orphans who have not yet reached school age. Support from Marymount has provided fabric for the children’s clothing as well as classroom supplies for children and teachers.
Our Lady’s Hospice for Terminally Ill HIV Patients
This hospice is run by a group of religious orders, with one sister from the RSHM providing counselling services. Marymount has supported the monthly salary of one healthcare worker and provided funds for clothing, food, and blankets for infant orphans.