ACCESS: A Path to Success for Future Generations
Hundreds of young boys and girls are eager to attend ZACTS school and strive for a brighter future at the only school they have ever seen. With your help every student can have ACCESS— a place in a classroom with dedicated teachers, books, effective learning tools, health care, and balanced nutrition. No child should ever be turned away…
Just outside the city of Solwezi, in the North Western Province of Zambia, subsistence farmers lead lives of quiet desperation huddled in squalid clusters of makeshift huts—“villages” it seems that time forgot. Solwezi is no paradise, but 65,000 Zambians manage to eke a marginal standard of living from the hustle and bustle around its copper mining industry. The farmers in the villages of Kambeu, Muzabala and points in between are not so fortunate. They plant whatever will grow around their huts to feed themselves. Their children—many of whom are HIV/AIDS orphans being raised by aunts, uncles and grandparents—are especially vulnerable. Most of them struggle with malaria. They have no prospects for even basic education: there are no schools for miles around.
Building Education, Building Community, Building Hope
Over the last four years, International Needs Canada has collaborated with local leaders to create a path to progress. Together, embracing the transformative power of education, ZACTS was formed—a school for orphans and vulnerable children. On a centrally located piece of land buildings were renovated to create classrooms, a kitchen, washrooms, and a playground for the children. Teachers were hired. The school became vital to the health of the community. Today 350 children, from kindergarten to Grade 5 attend the school. For many, parents and children, ZACTS is the only school they have ever seen.
Some students walk up to 7 kilometers each day to school to learn. And then they walk home again, all for the chance for a brighter, more hopeful future. Many of the students are supported by the generosity of donors through our Child Sponsorship Program. But ZACTS also welcomes many poor but eager students who have no child sponsorship support. And therein lies a challenge. We need your support to provide ACCESS (Advocating for Children’s Community-based Education by
to a child in need.
The Challenge: Giving a Child ACCESS to a Seat in School
Children you support through the ACCESS program—either via a one-time gift or recurring monthly donation—receive the vital supplies (books, pens, pencils, shoes, uniforms etc.) needed to attend school regularly. They also receive medical care as necessary as well as one balanced meal each day at school. This way we ensure that no student is too tired, too sick or too hungry to learn. You can keep track of their progress and other developments through quarterly reports.
Prospects for Sustainability
ZACTS has tremendous potential for economic success and financial sustainability. The land on which the school is built is large enough to support commercial enterprises that can subsidize many of the school’s operating costs and will, in time, support the addition of more child seats each year.
Part of the land is being used to grow cabbages and tomatoes. The land is fertile and produces vegetables that are highly marketable in Solwezi.
A poultry farm is being built and the money earned from selling chickens in Solwezi will be used to help add new child seats to ZACTS.
Water wells (bore holes) and water pumps are being installed at ZACTS to ensure an ample supply of safe, potable water is available to support the students learning activities and sustainable farming projects.
How You Can Help
The critical need today at ZACTS is to create new opportunities—allow more students to attend the school and provide the classroom with much-needed resources. Your monthly gift or one-time gift ensures that more children will have ACCESS to education and:
Receive uniforms, school supplies and a nutritious meal each day
Receive one balanced, nutritious meal each day at school
Provide desks and chairs
Professional Development for teaching staff