Lusaka Province

 

Lusaka

is the capital and largest city of Zambia. It is located in the southern part of the central plateau, at an elevation of about 1,300 metres (4,265 feet). It has a population of about 1.7 million (2010 census). It is a commercial centre as well as the centre of government, and the four main highways of Zambia head north, south, east and west from it. The three main languages spoken in Lusaka are English, Nyanja, and Bemba (the latter two are Bantu languages). English is the official language. Lusaka is one of the fastest-developing cities in Southern Africa.

TOUCH Ireland has the following completed projects in Lusaka

 

TOUCH St. Michaels Community School Project

The St. Michael Catholic Church is an outstation to St. Joseph and St. Anthony Parish of Kanyama (popularly called Kanyama Parish). It is located about 18kms west of Lusaka on the Mumbwa Road.
The catchment area extends about 10kms eastwards on the Mumbwa Road, 25kms westwards on the Mumbwa Road, The catchment area is therefore very wide. Present population is about 5000 people living in the area of which most are children and women. The adult population consists mostly of poor workers who provide farm labour in the area. The wages of the community therefore is relatively low.

St. Michaels School Block 1

St Michaels School Block 2

TOUCH Ireland also has a Child Sponsorship Scheme at St. Michael’s Community School

Hilda Caminer Cheshire House

This house is for young physically disabled females orphaned as a result of AIDS.

The house was donated by an Italian lady to the Cheshire Homes in Zambia. However the home fell into financial difficulty as a result of the bad economic climate in the country. TOUCH Ireland was approached by Sr. Marie Brae Manager of Hilda Caminer looking for support as the Home was not going to survive.
As a result TOUCH Ireland gave a commitment of financial and material aid which involved renovating the Home.

Linda Compound Special Needs School

The Children with Physical and Learning Disabilities in Linda Compound had endured horrible conditions. As usual, the traditional beliefs of all sections of society are the source of good and bad things alike. For disabled Children traditional norms have wrecked havoc over them. There are all sorts of beliefs and myths about disabled Children.
There had been no initiative to provide these Children with solutions to alleviate their suffering. Nothing had been done to sensitize the Community either about the rights of disabled Children or their Care.

Fortunately, in 2003, a group of people are trying to address these issues- Thanks to the Hard Working Committee for the Benevolence Special Needs School and its supporters Mr. Joseph K. Weltin and Sister Catherine Bradley. They approached Touch Ireland for support to renovate an existing building and thereafter to build a new School Block for children with Learning Disabilities

Guardian Angels Community School, Chilanga

Entrance to School

 

Chilanga compounds are situated in the district of Chilanga, which is on the outskirts of Lusaka. These compounds are made up of grass and mud huts in which families live.
The huts generally have one room to sleep six to eight people depending on the size of the families. There is overcrowding as these huts are built very close together and the lack of sanitary facilities is a big problem. Food is very scarce and there is a lot of sickness. Some of the young children are caring for parents and siblings in the late stages of HIV/AIDS related illnesses.

School Block 1

 

The school would offer them a safe environment where they could receive attention, food and education. This project was started in 2001, supported by TOUCH.

This service is now up and running since 2002 and Was registered as the Guardian Angels Community School and catered for 150 children approx

 

School Block 2 and Food Programme

In 2006 TOUCH Ireland funded a second School Block, Kitchen/Dining Shelter and Toilets. This allowed the World Food programme to support the school.

TOUCH Ireland also has a Child Sponsorship Scheme at the school

St Francis Orphan Day Centre

St. Francis Day Centre

The centre is situated about 4.5 km North off Lusaka from the Great North Road roundabout off to Chipata compound at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Lusaka, Zambia.
Chipata compound is a shanty place. Chipata compound is youthful with 60% of its nearly 100,000 inhabitants aged between 3 and 24 Of these, 15% have finished school or are school going children while 35% cannot afford basic school requirements or are school dropouts.
80% of the population live on less that a dollar and have only one meal a day. Unemployment rate is around 90%. The situation was that, despite the huge number of adolescents who involve themselves in crime, alcoholism as well as sexual activities at an early age, orphans were often marginalized from the current service delivery with respect to pre-school education and reproductive health.
The idea to start a Day Centre was imitated by a group of Community Home Care givers after realizing that the number of orphan children was increasing due to HIV/AIDS and TB. The Centre, within its few resources, strives to help the children by making all the children experience a sense of belonging which reduces their sense of isolation including stigma of being brought up in poor homes. The behaviour of these children improves significantly after getting loving attention from the staff at the centre. Then health improves with medical care, counselling and with pre-school lessons. This is done to prepare the children for formal schooling

Food program – Nutrition Centre

The feeding program was operated in an ad-hock way by the centre. It operated from within the pre-school in different locations depending on availability of accommodation on any particular day. The centre has acquired funding from supporters in Ireland for the provision of food. To move this service forward and increase its capability and stability the project desperately needed a dedicated centre for this purpose.
TOUCH Ireland agreed to provide this centre through funding and to support construction by working with local people on site at St. Francis.

 

The Centre consists of the following:
Storeroom
Kitchen Area
Large Dining Room
Toilets

The centre was also kited out by TOUCH Ireland

 

Chipapa Women’s Skills Training Centre

BACHGROUND TO THE PROJECT

In December 2006, the Holy Rosary Sisters in Zambia made a decision to set up projects that would give the poor and marginalized a chance for a dignified livelihood in the society. Chipapa Village in Chilanga area of Lusaka Province was selected for the development of Projects that will enable families have sources of income for a better livelihood.
 They were beginning with the following projects
1. Skills training for the Youth/Women
2. Children’s Nursery
3. Small Scale Agricultural project
4. Income generating Projects(For the running of the Projects)

 TOUCH Ireland agreed to fund and coordinate the construction of the Skills Training Centre

AIM OF THE PROJECT
The aim of the Project is to help the beneficiaries acquire skills (tailoring and knitting, Soap, Candle making, Baking) that will enable them have sources of income to improve their living conditions and that of their children. Skills in Agriculture will help the people improve their method of farming.

Chipapa Today in Operation  Click Photo below

St. Patricks Community School Mapepe

Mapepe compound is situated on the Kafue Road close to Chilanga, which is on the outskirts of Lusaka. this compound is made up of grass and mud huts in which families live.
The huts generally have one room to sleep six to eight people depending on the size of the families. There is overcrowding as these huts are built very close together and the lack of sanitary facilities is a big problem. Food is very scarce and there is a lot of sickness. Some of the young children are caring for parents and siblings in the late stages of HIV/AIDS related illnesses.

The Chilanga school also catered for 50 of the children from Mapepe compound which is about 3 Km from Chilanga. This meant that during the rainy season (end of October to March) these very young, malnourished and possible sick children had to walk the 3 Km to Chilanga for school in the tropical down pours of rain.
It was decided to set up a committee in Mapepe Compound to try and source a sponsor to fund the building of a new school to be named St. Patricks Community School. In the mean time they would use the church building in Mapepe Compound as a temporary school.
( a mud construction with a galvanised roof )
There were 100 children attending this school.

School Block 2

 

Todate TOUCH Ireland has funded the construction of two School Blocks in Mapepe, consisting of six classrooms, six storerooms, four teacher offices and a computer room

Teacher Houses St. Patricks

 

 

TOUCH Ireland also added six Teacher Houses. Electricity and Running Water was installed to these houses and the school.

 

There is now over 250 children attending St. Patrick’s Community School in Mapepe.

TOUCH Ireland also has a Child Sponsorship Scheme at the school

 

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