Chimbota aims for the highest standard of teaching. This has to be funded from school fees and in a remote, rural economy this is no easy task. The early years of the school have been supported by donations and the generosity of friends inspired by the achievement and vision of these communities. This is simply not sustainable.

To be financially self-sustaining the school needs to attract 160 paying pupils each year and have the ability to generate income. The more income it can generate, the more bursaries it can provide to ensure everyone who wants an education can have one. To achieve this, Chimbota needs three key things:

  • Access to power: to provide light to study by, power to the classrooms, power for computers and the game-changing possibility of access to the internet.
  • On-site pupil accommodation: so children from remote areas can board at the school.
  • Enterprising projects: a locally based maize mill is the priority to provide a regular income and avoid 4 to 8 hour return trips on foot carrying heavy loads to Nkata Bay for the women of the villages. The school also wants to open a print shop in the village.

The school is owned and run by a Board of Trustees involving local community leaders including Phillip and Kevin. The constitution of the school explicitly states that the school is a not for profit organisation. All funds received or generated are invested directly back into the school.