Helping communities provide 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. To do this we are engaging with communities to achieve long-term change, empowering orphans, vulnerable children and youths through education to contribute to Zambia’s development.
Although we have sent £2 million in grants to Zambia since 2006, we cannot do this alone. Crucially we don’t wish to create donor-dependency, which is why we partner with grassroots, community-based organisations who also make a valuable contribution.
We work with local partners to develop their capacity and, when appropriate, encourage them to develop other income streams to help them move towards financial sustainability.
School based agriculture and brick-making
In 2013 the community group behind Chibolya Community School, CEHOZ, set up maize and poultry businesses in the school’s 16 hectares of grounds. They now grow enough maize to provide mealie meal porridge for all of the pupil’s school meals.
An 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 CEHOZ wish to set up a bakery, vegetable garden, fruit orchard and a youth skills training centre.
Tailoring in the community
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 over 70 needy children.
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.