Children
 Zambia
Project #9882

Training Very Disadvantaged Teenagers in Zambia

by HANDS AROUND THE WORLD
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Some Cattle and a Banana Plant
Some Cattle and a Banana Plant

The bees have been busy – producing about 15 litres of honey in recent weeks. This is the start of a new income stream at the centre. Together with the piggery, the self sustainability of the project is looking positive.

 

The young people attending the centre have a wide variety of opportunities to get involved in the agricultural activities of the project. These include livestock – cattle, chickens and other wildfowl, pigs and bees; and crops – beans, tomatos, rape, okra, onions, carrots etc. Fruit trees are also being cultivated – bananas, mangoes and citrus fruit. Instruction in these areas help the students develop useful life skills to add to the more formal training they receive.

 

The last year has been particularly difficult because of poor rains with the resulting bad harvest – anything that can be grown on site is a significant bonus.

 

Your support is always appreciated,

 

Thank You.

Some Beehives among the grass
Some Beehives among the grass
A Former Student
A Former Student

A tailoring production unit is being set up to help students make the transition between training and setting up a business. Five former students will work at the centre making products for sale - the profits will be shared between the Centre and the students, providing an extra income for both.

 

Seven piglets have been born in the past three months – in the short term this presents a challenge with the extra mouths to feed. In the longer term they will help the income generation of the project.

 

Electricity shortages continue to create big challenges both within the centre and outside where suppliers are struggling.

 

Maintaining the financial viability of the project without regular external funding is difficult, but careful management of resources is keeping the centre moving forward.

 

Training in computing continues and is very popular, but additional computers are needed before this activity can be further developed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaliyangile Piglets
Kaliyangile Piglets

I am writing this update from Zambia. I visited the project a few weeks ago and will be making another trip to Chisamba this Thursday when I will meet with Global Giving's representative.

I arrived when the students were having a short break, but there was plenty of activity at the Centre. There were 150 chickens ready to be sold – the chicken production has been the major source of income recently. Tomatoes were also almost ready to be harvested. 

There are now a number of ventures which are coming on stream. Village chickens are multiplying and soon some will be sold. The cows are currently producing 8-9 litres of milk a day, the intention is to improve the grazing and thus the yield. There are 4 piglets, a boar and a sow which will soon enable regular pig production.

The students who have been doing a tailoring course have completed. They also followed a year long course in bee-keeping – the first crop of honey is due to be harvested any day now! It is hoped to start a small production unit for the tailors who have completed the course – enabling them to start earning a little money and generate extra income for the project. They will also be given charge of bee-hives where they will be able to get some honey.

There are still big challenges meeting the ongoing costs and work is needed to improve the infrastructure – some of the buildings are in need of repair and the electrics need some work to bring them up to scratch.

Donations are needed, especially until some of the income generating activities come fully on stream.

Thank you very much for your support.

 

Chickens provide good income
Chickens provide good income

Great strides have been made to make the project self sustaining, though further challenges have been faced in the past three months. Due to the effect of the prolonged drought on hydroelectricity generation, mains electricity in Zambia is now switched off for twelve hours each day and although some rain has fallen recently, it was too late to plant any maize this year.

However, despite the difficulties, the project is moving on. The production of chickens still provides the major income, 200 – 300 are raised at a time in an ongoing rolling programme. The sow has produced four healthy piglets – this is the start of what should be another profitable venture, as well as providing more training experience for the Kaliyangile students.

Another calf has been born and, with the new grass following the rains, additional milk production will result.

Two more bee-hives have been colonised after being baited by the students and the bee-keeping training is progressing well. (see pictures below)

The tailoring students are being prepared for their exams which should take place soon.

I will be visiting the project in May to see at first hand how the project is progressing and to discuss some of the challenges faced by our local partners.

There is still much to do to help the project to progress - for instance if £1,500 could be raised for a maize hammer mill, the extra income generated could provide funding to cover some training costs, or help with necessary improvements to the buildings. You can watch a hammer mill in operation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDD5tRndEms

Your help is much appreciated and is making a real difference to the community in Chisamba.

A wobbly new calf joins the Centre!
A wobbly new calf joins the Centre!
Beekeeping students in training
Beekeeping students in training
Learning about the Beehives
Learning about the Beehives
Students in Class
Students in Class
Tiny citrus tree and everywhere very dry!
Tiny citrus tree and everywhere very dry!

The past few months have been very demanding for the Project.

The rains due at the end of October / beginning of November have still not arrived. The few showers so far this year are insufficient to enable crops to be planted and haven't made any difference to the water and electricity shortages.

However the local team has risen to the challenge. Two new calves have been born, 200 chickens will be ready for sale within a few weeks and a new sow should produce piglets in the near future. These are important activities to provide the income needed to pay for the training of the teenagers at the Centre. It is good to see plenty of activity at the centre - the local community visit to buy products and children enjoy themselves.

The students are involved in all aspects of the centre's work from growing vegetables to looking after the livestock and developing and marketing products from the bees. This gives them additional opportunities to obtain a livelihood for themselves and their families.

Lack of rain has made it difficult to grow the vegetables and means that the cattle are not producing as much milk as would be hoped. Even the orchard has suffered – the citrus plants are much smaller than expected. The wind pump is now working well, but sometimes there is insufficient wind to fully fill the tanks. Costs have increased dramatically because of the depreciation of the local currency – the kwacha.

It will be a struggle, particularly over the next few months, to raise the necessary funds for the centre, any support you can give to help these young people achieve a better future will be much appreciated.

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Children at the Centre
Children at the Centre
 

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HANDS AROUND THE WORLD

Location: MONMOUTH, MONMOUTHSHIRE - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.hatw.org.uk
Project Leader:
David Steiner
Executive Officer
Monmouth, Monmouthshire United Kingdom
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