In conjunction with our charity partner Baraka Community Partnerships, Exodus has been involved in project work in Zambia for over 5 years. With the help of our volunteers - many of whom return every year - we have worked on a variety of initiatives including schools, bore holes, malaria nets, income generation schemes and healthcare. Our focus is to support villages and communities who are keen to help themselves and who have already set up their own community schools. We prefer not to dole out cash but to instigate schemes and projects that will allow the school and villages to be self-sufficient in the long term.
Kampasa School continues to thrive in a difficult environment and the parents, teachers and pupils are proud of their achievements in their first year of operating. As well as sending them a variety of books and educational materials we have recently paid for the school to be connected to the water grid. The school now for the first time has clean running water and the toilets are flushing! The big news is that we have just finished a new chicken coop which has been built specifically to ensure a sustainable future for the school allowing them to generate their own income. The first chicks should be arriving in May 2013.
Sangwani has experienced some problems of late with a dispute over the land rights for the school. What could have resulted in the school being disbanded has actually strengthened the school in the long term as a new plot of land has been donated by the village headman and the parents have rallied round to ensure the school moves on. Though numbers have dropped recently they had peaked at about 140 children earlier this year which we hope to get back to soon. We have helped the school set up a vegetable garden to ensure their long term survival and a local lodge has agreed to buy the produce.
Update posted: 09 May 2013
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WHAT DO WE WANT TO ACHIEVE THIS YEAR? Click here to see more ...
Working alongside our charity partners Baraka Community Partnerships our primary aim this year at all three schools is to build the foundations for a successful future. Whether it be a chicken coop or a vegetable garden we provide, it is essential these schools manage to stand on their own two feet. Training and funds have been provided to give the schools the best possible chance and we will continue to monitor and support to help build up pupil numbers and keep the community involved.
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WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
1) Firstly, if you are planning on visiting Zambia on one of our trips, please make everyone in your group aware of what Exodus are doing. Help us spread the word and maybe send us your unused Kwacha at the end of the trip!
2) If you would like to help even more then why not join our Get Involved volunteer trips - check with our groups department.
3) Any extra funds will make a huge difference to help us reach our goal and whatever you donate in 2013 will be match funded by our charity partner Baraka Community Partnerships. You can donate by clicking the "donate now" button.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?
Amanda works in the Exodus office and Andy is an Exodus Tour Leader who coordinates the project between Exodus and the small charity Baraka Community Partnerships, in which he works