The Chama Project
We are working in partnership with the Community of Chama, the Seven (7) Traditional Chiefs, the District Administration, the District Council, the Zambian Ministry of Education, The Livingstone Initiative, Canadian High Commission and other organisations to build the first secondary school for girls. Chama is a remote, rural and very poor district of north-eastern Zambia, where there are over 53,000 women and girls, the majority of whom have little or no access to secondary education.
The ACP Is carrying out sensitisation campaigns against child marriages and building a boarding secondary school for girls. This is aimed at raising awareness of the danger of child marriages and help to withdraw and prevent Girls from Child Marriages.
Please take 5 minutes to watch this video to find out more.
The video has been produced by The Livingstone Initiative
This is a project which will bring benefits to the whole community, families, young mothers and children.
The men and women of the villages surrounding the school site at Tembwe are making hundreds of thousands of bricks; the Zambian government is helping with teaching staff, books, staff wages and staff living accommodation; Zambian businesses and organisations, too, are working with us, as well as volunteers.
By working together in partnership like this we are going to be able to create a brighter future by making a real and sustainable difference to the lives of these children and their families.
From the UK alone as a result of The Livingstone Initiative's partnership, we have so far received support to the value of over £55,000, comprising generous donations, in-kind or on-the-ground sponsorship, visits by UK groups, and partnerships.
Here in Zambia, we are matching overseas donations and sponsorships to ensure that the project is strongly supported within Zambia and that it remains sustainable in the longer-term.
As with all our projects, we welcome support from a wide variety of sources, through public-private partnerships, donations, in-kind on-the-ground sponsorship, and volunteers working in the field with us.
So far, we have welcomed two overseas volunteer groups from the UK - St Mary's Calne Girls in 2014 and the Grassmarket Community Project in 2019. These groups came out to Zambia to work on The Chama Project, helping with construction of the new school and working alongside members of the Chama community. These visits have proved to be hugely worthwhile, not just with respect to construction work achieved, but also as cultural exchanges, with both communities working together to make a real difference and learning new and very different skills along the way.
A significant start to The Chama Project came from the UK in 2013-2014, as a result of The Livingstone Initiative's David Livingstone Bicentenary and Livingstone 2013 Initiative, with notable contributions from The Diocese of Edinburgh through their 2013 Lent Appeal and St Mary's School Calne, who brought a team of 14 girls and 2 staff out to Chama to start building the school.
We have received incredibly generous donations from overseas – so far over £55,000 from the UK alone, comprising donations, in-kind and on-the-ground sponsorship and personal contributions.
We have also created some great partnerships already with organisations such as The Institute of Aquaculture at Stirling University, which has given us invaluable advice and guidance, including sending an expert to Chama to undertake a feasibility study for us.
Would you like to help us? If so, please visit our volunteering page.
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