ConservationNATION works with school going children to raise awareness about the importance of the environment and the role individuals and communities have to play in protecting and preserving it. So far the project has focused on working with schools to raise tress nurseries and plant trees at schools and the community in general. In our effort to make conservation a community effort, ConservationNATION just adopted the local library; one of our town’s oldest institutions and also one of the most neglected. Despite the fact that the library is a meeting place for everyone and nearly everyone in Mongu has been through its doors at some point, the Mongu library receives next to no support from the government and none from local businesses. This makes it difficult for the library to provide adequate services to its clientele; which in return has an effect on the levels on literacy in the town. A lone Mango tree in located in the front of the building, there is no grass and no flowers, forcing everyone that visits the library to crowd in doors. A certain challenge. We saw this as an opportunity not only to improve the aesthetics of the library grounds but also one for learning. We are currently working with children from local schools to flowers, grass and trees. We believe this is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate to the children how their efforts can transform bare land into a paradise. Along the way, the children are receiving lessons on the types of trees they are planting as well as their benefit to the local ecosystem. In this way, we hope the children will learn how the natural environment is connected and that they can do something to help improve it.
The work is progressing quite well but there are challenges in terms of attracting and increasing the number of donations. To address this, we are currently working on a fundraising campaign which is part of a larger organizational campaign to help raise the resources needed.
We thank those that have already donated to the project and encourage them to share ConservationNATION with their networks in the hope of attracting new donors.
May 7, 2015
By Maya Moore - Project Assistant
200 students from 10 schools in Mongu Western province are participating in our reading program.
The project’s initial success was funded by donations through Global Giving to the project. The funding made it possible to recruit schools to participate in the project, provide reading materials as well as cover teaching expenses for the staff.
Unfortunately the funding has run out and the project is yet to be fully funded this has meant, limiting the number of children admitted into the project and inevitably a reduction in teaching and reading materials.
To help address the challenge of funding we have designed a donor retention campaign aimed at attracting new donors to the project as well as encouraging previous donors to donate. It includes attracting the support of student groups to help raise the funds to implement the project to completion.
While the project has met with initial success, it is currently facing significant challenges as a result of funding constraints.
In moving forward, we are excited about the possibilities of the fundraising and donor retention campaign and encourage all of our donors to consider supporting our efforts to improve literacy among some of the world’s poorest by donating and encouraging their networks to support us as well.
Mar 16, 2015
By Mbanga Mbikusita - Project Assistant
OperationREAD is a ProjectEDUCATE initiative designed to help educate and teach children in Zambia to read. Last year, we embarked on a partnership with GlobalGiving Designed to help raise funds to support project implementation. While the initial phase was met with success, subsequent phases have been fraught with challenges, of which funding is not the least.
With the funds that were raised in phase one, we were able to make significant strides and were able to introduce the initiative into a total of 10 schools. Working with schools to identify struggling children and provide them with the one on one support they needed to improve their reading skills.
In phase one, we were also able to engage technology to help improve reading skills among primary school going children. This also was met with considerable success as both teachers and students were eager to try out new techniques and technology offered them a different way to learn, breaking down the pattern of monotony enshrined in current teaching methods.
Unfortunately the gains made in the first phase of the project are being undermined by the lack of resources. While implementation has continued at a slow pace relying mainly on the efforts and support of volunteer personnel, the project will have to fold if we cannot raise the remaining funds in the next few months.
We encourage previous donors to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help sustain the project. Further we also encourage donors and would be donors to help spread the word about their project by sharing the work with their networks. There is strength in numbers and we certain, with their continued support, we can help educate and teach children in Zambia to read.