Misisi Compound School Block & Food Programme

 

Misisi Compound School Block

 

Background to the Project

Misisi Compound is a shanty town, which is located in Lusaka, Zambia. Misisi has been identified as one of the five worst slums in Sub Saharan Africa. Due to a lack of resources there has been poor record keeping, but according to best estimates, there are between 80,000 and 90,000 people living in the area.

There is also a prevalence of many diseases in the area. Cholera remains a huge problem, due to a lack of clean water. The area is also prone to floods during the rainy season. Malaria is also a major issue during the warmer seasons of the year. Health problems related to poverty, such as malnutrition create huge problems in the day-to-day lives of the people.

During our trip we visited this Compound in the heart of Lusaka to see one of ‘The Cherise Foundation’ projects with George who is their project Manager. This project is a school in the middle of a compound that is badly in need of upgrading and could do with an extra new school block. We met with some of the Community members and Teachers.

This community struggles in a very dignified manner to raise their children in an extremely poor environment.

As a result of our visit TOUCH Ireland as agreed to build a new School Block in Misisi starting in 2018.

 

Misisi Food Programme

With funds some supporters gave us going to Zambia we set up a Food programme for Ten (10) of the poorest families designated by Cherise Foundation. We also set up a group of young professionals (Zambians) mostly trained by TOUCH Ireland. This Group will be coordinated by George from the Cherise Foundation (CMF Group – TOUCH Ireland). It is hoped that they will try to raise the funds to sustain this Food Programme.

Indeed a Challenge for these young people but how great it would be if they can succeed!

Young Zambian professionals helping the poor of their own society!

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