Zambia lies in the heart of Africa. It boasts a sunny climate, plentiful wildlife, stunning scenery and is home to one of the world’s natural wonders, the mighty Victoria Falls. It is a peaceful country with a thriving tourism industry, and is one of Africa’s top safari destinations. Unfortunately, Zambia also has a high poverty rate, with over 40% of its people living in extreme poverty. Many families are affected by HIV/AIDS, and there are an estimated 697,800 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) in Zambia. Most OVCs are trapped in a cycle of poverty, having lost one or both of their parents to HIV/AIDS. Usually they are in the care of an elderly relative (Caregiver), who is ill-equipped to adequately provide for young children.
Zambia (HwwZ) works in 4 impoverished communities of Lusaka, where we run programs for OVCs and Caregivers. Our programs include: Kids Clubs that reach over 2000 OVCs annually; Parent Support Groups (PSGs) for Caregivers who cannot afford to send their young children to a pre-school, covering topics such as health, nutrition, positive parenting, play, and child safety; Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) activities for Caregivers, such as sewing and baking; and an After-School program (ASPIRE Clubs) to help girls complete their secondary school education. We also operate a private pre-school (The Learning Tree) that accepts fee-paying children alongside subsidized OVCs. In July 2017, HwwZ hosted a HOPEww Volunteer Corps (HVC) of 40 international volunteers who helped renovate Mtendere Pre-School, which vulnerable children attend. The pre-school had previously been in a very run-down state, and the volunteers helped renovate it to a high standard.
HwwZ is pleased to have been selected to host another HOPE Volunteer Corps at Mtendere from July 15-29, 2018. Extending the work that was done by HVC 2017 volunteers, the HVC 2018 volunteers will carry out the following activities:
• Parent Support Group (PSG) Workshops - delivering practical skills to Caregivers in child engagement and development.
• Teacher Training Workshops in Early Years Education - delivering and modelling effective classroom practices in a pre-school environment.
• Assisting staff at The Learning Tree (TLT) Pre-school with lessons, crafts, and other daily activities.
• Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Workshops – delivering vocational training to Caregivers, equipping them with practical skills needed to set up or improve their own small businesses.
• Mentoring and supporting teenage girls and young women at ASPIRE Clubs.
In addition, we would also like to include the following activities if we can:
• A medical outreach program at the Mtendere clinic. The aim is to provide a drop-in clinic service to offer basic health checks for the community, with an emphasis on childcare health. This activity will be dependent on at least one qualified Doctor and one qualified Nurse registering for HVC 2018.
• First Aid Training for pre-school staff, ECD facilitators, and school managers. This activity will be dependent on a qualified First Aid Trainer registering for HVC 2018.
• Decorating a new outside training room, which would also serve as a sheltered play space for the children in the PSG program. This activity is dependent on a recent grant application that we submitted, which - if awarded - would allow HwwZ to carry out the major renovations required prior to HVC 2018.
We are open to all volunteers; however, teachers (especially early years teachers) and medical professionals are particularly welcome. So, if you are looking to grow your faith and walk with God through service, and are up for a fun time in Zambia, join us for HVC 2018 at Mtendere.
After the program ends there will be an opportunity for volunteers to travel to Livingstone and visit the world-famous Victoria Falls. Here you can go on safari to see a full range of African animals, go white water rafting on the Zambezi, ride on the back of an elephant, go bungee-jumping, or relax by the pool at one of the many world-class lodges and hotels. Whilst HwwZ can advise on the best ways to travel and places to stay, the costs and arrangements of a visit to Livingstone are NOT included within the HVC program and must be covered by the individual.