ProjectEDUCATE’s ConservationNATION works with school going children to help raise awareness about the importance of the environment and the role individuals and communities have to play in protecting it. To date the initiative has planted trees and picked litter in the Mongu community. Beyond tree planting and litter picking, ConservationNation has embarked on the establishment of tree nurseries at school which include indigenous tree nurseries. Imwiko basic school in currently raising 1000 Poinciana seedlings and 5000 rosewood seedlings. The Poinciana seedlings will be planted around the school perimeter. The Rosewood seedling will be planted in the community and neighboring villages to help reduce the rapid loss of the species It is envisioned that more schools in the school district will come on board that each school is going to adopt a specific tree species to help curb the loss of indigenous tree species. Through these efforts we hope to educate students at our partnering schools the role trees have to play in protecting our environment and encourage them to take care of it.
While the project continues to achieve many of its goals, challenges remain in terms of raising the funds needed for effective project implementation. To this effect we encourage our previous donors to consider supporting the project with a monthly donation regardless of size. We also encourage past donors to reach into their networks and share the project and encourage them to donate as well.
We believe together, we can make the changes that are needed to protect some of the world’s resources.
We thank our past donors for their generous support.
Feb 3, 2016
By Mbanga Mbikusita - Project Assistant
OperationREAD continues to run its reading campaign while facing considerable funding challenges.
In addition to ongoing programs OperationREAD is adding two reading initiatives to help increase the number of program beneficiaries
We are grateful to have been recipients of a collection of children’s books from American author Karen Lyn Williams who has generously donated five titles from her children’s books. The beautifully illustrated titles are a wonderful addition to our reading initiatives for children and will go a long way in helping children learn to read.
A remedial reading initiative in also started at Mulambwa Basic School working with students to help improve their reading level to that of their grade level. 50 students are currently being enrolled for the initiative whose goal is to bring the students up to their reading level by the end of the year.
Even with considerable challenges, the initiative continues to achieve significant results. It is envisioned that recent changes to the fundraising strategy will help increase donations to support effective implementation.
Given the initiative is completely reliant on individual donations, we continue to encourage supporters to support the initiative by making a donation as well as share the project with their networks.
We thank past donors for their kind and generous support and continue to urge them to consider making a retainer gift to help meet project objectives.
Nov 6, 2015
By Maya Moore - Project Assistant
The OperationREAD Global Giving Campaign was started to help teach children in Zambia to read. Since inception, the initiative had made considerable progress in meeting its objectives improving access to reading materials and helping students to read along the way.
This November, the initiative has launched an Information Resource Center at the Mongu Library and will soon be launching a reading class for adults focusing on women. The first of its kind in Mongu designed to help improve reading skills among adults. The current focus o n women is deliberate as they are the main caretakers and caregivers. If a mother learns to read, chances are they will teach their children to read as well and help their children with such things as homework; bridging a gap that has for long made it impossible for mothers to play an active role in the education of their children.
OperationREAD continue to make strides even as we continue to face fundraising challenges and we continue to seek better and more ways of raising the funds needed to successfully implement the proposed initiative.
We thank the donors that continue to provide support and encourage them to share our work with their networks and encourage them to support it as well.