After the huge turmoil of losing parents, the children we support deserve stability
We want children to be secure in the knowledge that they will be supported through their entire schooling and on through tertiary education, if they have the ability.
Although we have sent over £1 million in grants to Zambia since 2006, we can’t do this alone. Crucially we don’t wish to create donor-dependency.
So we encourage local partners to develop their own fundraising capacity and seed fund income generating activities (IGAs) to help them move towards financial sustainability.
Chibolya Community Primary School – Maize, poultry and bricks
In 2013 CEHO set up maize and poultry businesses in the school’s 16 hectares of grounds. Thanks to a bumper first harvest, there was enough maize to provide mealie meal porridge for all 228 pupil’s school meals last year.
The surplus made around £1,200 for the school and chickens generated a healthy £540 profit each month.
A new on-site block-making business will produce tiles and bricks for the schools development and will also be sold commercially in Mazabuka town. These small businesses are also creating much needed local employment.
Pending funding CEHO wish to set up a bakery, vegetable garden, fruit orchard and a youth skills training centre based on the highly successful Libuyu model (please see below).
Maseele Widow’s Club – Tailoring
Seed-funding for the Maseele Widows Club’s tailoring business has enabled this group to extend their food and education support programme from 30 to 60 needy orphans.
MWC’s Treasurer, Pauline Chipako (right) is a skilled tailor who has trained other committee members to make school uniforms, scarves and blankets. There is huge good-will for the Widows in the Namwala area and local sales remain steady.
PREVIOUS ZOA-UK PROJECTS
John Laing Community Primary School – Sausage Business
We supplied funding to help the NGO which run the school to buy equipment and supplies to make beef and pork sausages, which are popular in Zambia.
Profits are funding school supplies, mosquito nets, clinic visits and nutritional food supplements for HIV+ pupils.
Chipata Dzithandizeni Nutrition Group (CDNG), Western Province – grinding mill
A grant from a UK Rotary Club helped refurbish and upgrade this well-established NGO’s grinding mill after it broke down.
The mill is a well-used local facility and commercial and subsistence farmers travel from far to use it. Usage fees help CDNG fund feeding programmes in 4 local schools which benefit approximately 940 children.
Libuyu Youth Community Training Centre
LYCTC is a training centre based in a very deprived district of Livingstone, near the Victoria Falls.
Back in 2007 we donated £3,200 to buy 100 chicks to start an income generating project. LYCTC now produce 400 chickens a month which they sell for £4 each, generating £19,000 each year!
The profit is invested into their work skills training courses for older orphans and vulnerable youths (15-25), which lead to externally validated certificates. It also funds their after school club where children, mainly orphans, come to play and receive counselling and HIV education.