Teaching at a primary school project
The primary school is private, non-profit, learning center geared towards providing an education, nourishment, love, emotional support, and individualized attention free of charge to 222 local vulnerable children in the Livingstone’s Highlands Community.
Volunteers in this project will work as Assistant Teachers and as such will be guided by the responsible Teachers on what duties to take. Volunteers would normally be involved in preparing for classes, supervising play for children, feeding, marking and assessing children’s performance in class. It is one of the most rewarding experiences any volunteer can ever ask for. You will be deeply immersed in a school were your help is greatly needed and appreciated. It is important to remember that with volunteering you get back as much as you invest in terms of your time and commitment. Your experiences are as good as you open your heart to a totally different culture, environment and people. Volunteers in this project will generally work between 8am and 1600hrs but this will depend on the schedule at school and as shall be guided by your supervisor.
Vulnerable children feeding program
In December 2015, the feeding program began with nearly 250 vulnerable children gathering at our Children’s Home on Monday evenings to receive dinner. The program grew through the support of good Samaritans who constantly extend their helping hand to see this program succeed. Beginning 2017, the feeding program upscaled from 250 children feeding every Mondays to 1800children feeding from Monday to Friday every week. Most of the children attending the feeding program are the same children that attend the primary school. Our programs are that integrated to ensure that we make maximum impact to needy communities.
As a volunteer attached in this program, you will be involved in a routine activities which will include preparing meals (at least two meals per day), serving meals to children, monitoring children feeding, monitoring hygiene issues, washing and drying dishes. You will obviously be also responsible for sourcing the food for children which means that you will be required to go out shopping for essentials for the children’s meals. You can never run short of work to do here imagining that you will have two meals to cook for at least 222 children meaning 444 plates every day.
This home houses 21 children who from the age of 4 to 17 years of age. We work directly with Ministry of Social Welfare who are the custodians of children in these circumstances. We ensure that our children live in proper homes so that they appreciate an ideal home setting. We usually promote that siblings be brought to the home together to allow bonding and ensuring that there is no further family breakdown in the case of other family members dying.
Every end of month, our children receive a small amount of money about USD$5.00 so that they can go out to the city for shopping whatever they want. This idea is there to encourage independence and take it as an advantage to mentor the children on what to prioritise in their lives. They are even asked to bring receipts so that they learn accountability. We make it a point that our children are in touch with surviving family members so that we prepare them for the exit from the home when they are grown up. We also promote that those children who have left the home keep in contact with the home to support and mentor the others as it is much easier to help others if one has lived in the same conditions.
As a volunteer at this project, you will be involved in doing all home chores, monitoring children play, help prepare meals, feed children, clean, prepare for their school and help them with their homework. We normally encourage medium to long stayers at the home to allow enough time for
children to bond and understand you. When there is understanding they tend to open up to you and you will understand them better too.
Zambia, the thirty-ninth largest country in the world, is a landlocked country with a tropical climate. Eight countries surround Zambia, they are: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. Zambia is comprised of ten provinces namely Lusaka, Southern, Northern, Eastern, Western, North Western, Central, Copperbelt, Luapula, and Muchinga provinces
- Population – 4.5 million (15, 510, 711)
- Life Expectancy – Male: 50.8 – Female: 54.1 – Total: 52.5 – World Rank: 217
- Capital – Lusaka
- GDP – 5%
- Religion – Christianity
- Poverty – 60.5% of families live below the poverty line
- HIV/AIDS – 1,211,900 people living with HIV/AIDS 12.91% adult prevalence
- Tribes – 73 tribes and 73 languages
- Climate – Altitude 1,000 – 1,600 above sea level
- Language – English official language / Nyanja and Bemba are locally spoken in urban areas
- President – Edgar Chagwa Lungu since 11 August 2016
- Currency – ZMW Zambian Kwacha