Copperbelt

 

Copperbelt Province

This covers the mineral-rich Copperbelt, and farming and bush areas to the south. It was the backbone of the Northern Rhodesian economy during British colonial rule and fuelled the hopes of the immediate post-independence period, but its economic importance was severely damaged by a crash in global copper prices in 1973 and the nationalization of the copper mines by the government of Kenneth Kaunda. The province adjoins Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is similarly mineral-rich.
The main cities of the Copperbelt are Kitwe, Ndola, Mufulira, Luanshya, Chingola and Chililabombwe.

TOUCH Ireland has the following completed projects in Lusaka

BACKGROUND TO THE PROJECT

The Dayspring OVC (Orphaned Vulnerable Children) & Community Care Projects are borne out of a strong moral and spiritual commitment to help support orphans and vulnerable children whose parents are either disabled or too disadvantaged to provide any care. Dayspring Ministries International support the socio-economic advancement of the under privileged in the society. They are dedicated to provide care to orphaned children living around the urban areas and compounds of Zambia. These community initiatives are established to help mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on resources, finances and facilities that would otherwise help support orphans and vulnerable children.

FAITH RESIDENTIAL CENTRE – LUANGWA KITWE

The aim of the Faith Drop-In Centre in Luangwa is to provide in-house care and support to over 30 vulnerable children. The Centre provides an outreach care and support to other OVC’s right in their own neighbourhood; the Centre also provides a training resource in Life skills for older children who have dropped out of school The rebuilding and extension works to current property in Luangwa Compound was carried out with the support of TOUCH IRELAND


Installation of Amenities and initial renovation,
Install electricity and running water to the property; undertake major renovations as well as put up a boundary fencing to secure the property

Daysprings Drop in Centre & Food Programme

TOUCH Ireland purchased the adjacent plot to build a Drop in Centre and a centre for the Food programme. Both the Drop in Centre and the food programme project share the same building which was funded by TOUCH Ireland.

The Drop in Centre caters for emergency cases where vulnerable children need immediate care and a safe place to stay while their situation is being assessed. Without this centre children would end up straight away on the streets. It can cater for four to six emergency cases at any one time. The centre is also a means of first contact for children that are being abused physically or sexually. The children from the nearby compounds can also have showers and learn better hygiene skills.

The Food Programme consists of a Kitchen, large Dining Room, Toilets and showers. On the day we were there for the opening over two hundred and eighty children turned up for food. Now that the building is there it is hoped to provide a meal each day for the children.

TOUCH Training Centre

Touch Ireland purchased a site across the road from the Drop in Centre and Residential Home to build a dedicated Training Centre.
This consisted of Workshops for training in carpentry, metal work and tailoring for the vulnerable children of the compound. It also consists of a computer room, an office and toilets to cater for the whole centre.

TOUCH Ireland also has a Child Sponsorship Scheme in Kitwe with Daysprings

Renovations Kitwe Girls Home handover May 2013

 

Renovations Kitwe Drop in Centre handover May 2013

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