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Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia

by HANDS AROUND THE WORLD
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia
February Farewells!
February Farewells!

As we made our farewells in late February there were a number of issues needing attention, as highlighted in the last report.

Refurbishing the 2 staff houses is now almost completed. This was the top priority and is also a great psychological boost! The leaking roof and damp walls have been sorted out and Persis the manager now has a bright, newly decorated kitchen (below)

Having originally been disappointed by one prospective donor, we are delighted to have just received confirmation that another will provide the bulk of the funds to build the workshop. When this workshop is built, the idea is to bring in more new students. Plans are well underway to get this work started soon, and we are continuing to seek funds to complete the task this year, as well as building another classroom and purchasing a new and larger incubator.

A part-container of items needed by the children, young people (and the centre itself) which we sent to Zambia has just arrived. Persis writes: "We were really glad to receive clothing for the children, knitting and sewing items from the container this week. The children will be very happy to receive these gifts. Thank you all so much."

Beekeeping training in partnership with the government forestry department is ongoing and funds raised in a recent Global Giving appeal have enabled the purchase of materials for making 10 beehives and bee suits for some of the beekeeping students, as well a honey press for Kaliyangile. This will make a huge difference to their ability to translate theory into practice and will hopefully lead to much-enhanced honey production, as well as better marketing and enhances revenues in future.

We have been able to purchase a printer / photocopier both for direct use with students and admin, but also as a chargeable community resource. This should be installed in the next couple of weeks.

I believe the Kaliyangile project has a bright future under Persis' leadership. It is great to be able to support and encourage her in this way, and we hope to continue doing so, as well as sending out short-term volunteers.

Thank you for your help and please get in touch if you (or a friend) would like details of exciting short-term volunteering opportunities. This would be a wonderful experience for someone with market gardening, beekeeping, computer or tailoring skills and interests, or maybe a couple keen to volunteer together.

The refurbished kitchen
The refurbished kitchen
Items from the container just received
Items from the container just received
Beehive materials just purchased for students
Beehive materials just purchased for students
Beekeepers
Beekeepers

It was a great pleasure for me to visit Kaliyangile (Kali) in February and meet again with Persis Musonda the manager and her board members, as well as student beneficiaries and others. My last visit was in 2017.

With much encouragement, Kali is now emerging from a difficult period, and there is a palpable elevation of mood and an air of optimism. Persis is enthusiastic and keen to make a difference. Last year, movements were restricted for a lengthy period due first to a cholera outbreak in Lusaka, and then by Foot and Mouth Disease locally. Fortunately these are no longer problematic.

Kali’s stated goals for the year to April 2019 were:

1. Enhance student enrolment in computing, tailoring and knitting

There has been limited success in this area, rather restricted at present by the single classroom and small tailoring workshop. There are in total about 20 students attending at various times in the week, (plus 40 beekeeping students enrolled).

2. Refurbish Staff Houses

This is the top priority. Persis’ home is a duplex bungalow and both are in a very poor state with cracked and damp walls, seriously leaking roof, and needing decoration.

3. Fence front part to improve security

Under discussion currently, Patrick the landowner hopes to help soon when undertaking other fencing work.

4. Workshop and classroom construction

Much needed, this is dependent on HATW securing funding. Sadly we were turned down by one potential funds donor, but other applications are in.

5. Boost the layer-chicken project

This is doing well, with almost 600 hens laying, minimal losses and a good market for the eggs. There are plans to make this a rolling programme (as funds allow) to ensure continuity. Their small egg incubator is now repaired and currently under test. It is helpful but funding for a larger one has been requested, including batteries to cope in power outages.

6. Construct and develop fish ponds

This has been on the back burner for a time. With funds and HATW volunteer help, it could soon be brought to reality.

Other items which I noted and discussed:

Beekeeping training in partnership with the Forestry department is going well but is entirely theoretical at present. Funds we send just cover paying the trainers. In discussion with Persis and the students, I believe it would be helpful if we could fund materials for the Kali tailoring students to make each beekeeper a bee suit.

Persis would like a printer / photocopier (cost approx. £350) both for direct use with students and admin, but also as a chargeable community resource, (similar to their hammer mill which generates income by preparing maize meal for humans, feed also for pigs, chicken and cattle).

In conclusion, I am confident that the Kali project has a bright future under the leadership of Persis. I believe it is important that we support and encourage her as much as possible to continue the work she is trying hard to do. Sending short-term volunteers out would be very helpful, both practically and in providing encouragement.

Please get in touch if you would like details of short-term volunteering opportunities or to help in another way.

Tailoring students
Tailoring students
Main building
Main building
Little knitters!
Little knitters!

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Elizabeth enjoys the computer training
Elizabeth enjoys the computer training

 

The past three months have been very busy and a lot more interesting as students participated in several activities which included community work, and World Literacy Day where they showcased their skills in literacy, knitting, tailoring and computing. This was followed by Independence celebrations in which our students gladly took part.


What is most impressive is that there has been a notable difference in community response the past few months as community members are getting to appreciate the contribitions Kaliyangile is making in improving the lives of our vulnerable youths and women in the community in a positive way.


Our beekeeping students participated in a two day training workshop in entrepreneurship skills which was supported by the German government. Some of our students participated in the Dairy Farming training workshops which are facilitated by the Dairy Association of Zambia through contributions from our local farmers.


It wouldn't be right to forget the training in computing. The students are much happier now that we finally have our own computers. The programme has impressed a lot of youths, though we have restricted the enrolment number for easy monitoring.


Our heartfelt thanks go to Hands around the World and other co-operating partners for enabling a clean learning environment. We have a new roof that is no longer leaking and a beautiful computer room.

Hats off to the HATW team and may God richly bless your kind gesture!

Busy beekeeping students
Busy beekeeping students
The baby chicks have grown to be layers
The baby chicks have grown to be layers
Students enjoy helping on the Dairy Training day
Students enjoy helping on the Dairy Training day
600 new chicks!
600 new chicks!

A lot has changed since the last visit from HATW in 2017.
We are grateful that the project has once more become vibrant and full of life. The new hammer mill is helping us with livestock feed and it has cheered the community who are able to have their mealie meal at a cheaper price.
Training is well underway in Tailoring / Knitting as well as Computing now that we have five new computers. We have managed to renovate the classroom which was in poor condition thanks to HATW. We have five students in Tailoring and 7 in Computing - our one classroom can not accommodate too many. Adult Literacy is another joy to witness, as women and youths are being enabled to read and write as well as do mathematical calculations.
The Beekeepers are happy with the help they are receiving from HATW to enable training together with the team at the Forestry department. This year we are helping 22 farmers, among whom 7 are youths in Beekeeping.
All thanks to the HATW team for their support.
In order to sustain worker's wages, we have 600 new pullets that will start laying in December. Also, the piggery has steadily grown from one to 22 now. Although this project is long term, we managed to sell 8 pigs to raise funds for feed concentrates for both layers and pigs.
We look forward to the new academic term which begins on 10th September, and thank you for your support.

Computer students take a music lesson break
Computer students take a music lesson break
Beekeeping training session
Beekeeping training session

Last time I reported on the Christmas party delayed by a Cholera outbreak and computer classes delayed by the classroom roof leaking in the heavy seasonal rains.

We have been busy getting the roof repaired and the classroom redecorated so that the computers can be installed. Not quite there yet, but nearly!

No sooner had the travel ban been lifted than a new ban was announced due to a Foot and Mouth disease outbreak nearby. So, even though the centre is not directly affected, piglets and chickens can't be taken to market. Life is not easy!

Persis is enthusiastically with her team drawing up plans for refurbishing the other buildings including staff houses and also for getting fish ponds ready and stocked. We hope too to be able to get another training workshop built soon.

I spite of all the setbacks, good work is happening at Kaliyangile, especially with tailoring, knitting and basic literacy and numeracy classes. There are many needy and deserving young people nearby keen to enroll, and with some more funding in place, we hope in the next year to move the project along well.

Please help us with a donation if you can. Thank you.

Classroom redecorating well under way
Classroom redecorating well under way
Mapalo learns to knit
Mapalo learns to knit
 

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Location: MONMOUTH, MONMOUTHSHIRE - United Kingdom
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David Steiner
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Monmouth, Monmouthshire United Kingdom

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