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Southern Province

This is one of Zambia’s nine provinces, and home to Zambia’s premier tourist attraction, Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls), shared with Zimbabwe. The centre of the province, the Southern Plateau, has the largest area of commercial farmland of any Zambian province, and produces most of the maize crop.
The provincial capital is Livingstone. The Batonga are the largest ethnic group in the Province

Mazabuka – Ndeke Compound

This is a compound on the outskirts of Mazabuka.
Mazabouka is approx 160km. from Lusaka in the Southern province of Zambia. Mazabuka is a main growing area for sugar cane and is the base for Zamsugar, the government sugar company. The compound around Mazabouka are very poor and with a high population. Again here, there is a high number of children orphaned as a result of the HIV/Aids virus.

BACKGROUND TO THE PROJECT
Ndeke Community School was not in the original plan for Ndeke Compound. The children came on their own looking for education and thus the Community School was born. The beginnings were hard as the community lacked the basics such as books; chalk etc. and the children were sitting on the floor. However as time went on the school developed and the children seemed to benefit greatly. From 1998 to 2005 the Tullamore Missions support group assisted with the Teacher Training Program. The teachers upgraded their subjects and were prepared for training College. Happily now there are 12 trained teachers and two skills instructors plus a social worker/counselor as a result of this support. The number on roll is now 550 and children are taught from Pre School to Grade 9 with Skills included for Grade 8 and 9, such as Carpentry, Metalwork, Electronics, Home Economics and Computer Skills. The Project is administrated by Sr. Angela Daly. Mercy Sister.

Ndeke Community School extension – Skills Training Block.

This centre is to help the vulnerable children in the compound to achieve education and skills. To empower all children especially the girl child and give them hope for a better future. To provide basic needs for orphans and vulnerable children and to promote children’s rights. TOUCH Ireland was approached to fund this Skills Training Block and it opened in 2008
The beneficiaries of this project are Children, boys and girls that have been orphaned as a result of HIV/Aids and Children out of school due to poverty

Pemba – Choma

Pemba is a small town (population about 4,000) located in Choma District of the Southern Province of Zambia. It is situated on the ‘Great North Road’ that runs between Lusaka and Livingstone. It is a very poor area and people depend on growing their own food to survive

TOUCH Agricultural Community Cooperative Farm Project

AIM of THE PROJECT is a Self Generating Income Farm
It provides an environment where families have shelter, food and a means to sustain their lives and plan for the future. It has set up a community project (Self-sustaining Project) whereby these families would be in a position to sell some of their crops and also repay to the boarder community with any excess crops and/or livestock through the project administrator. The Project is coordinated by Sr. Mary Lucy, Presentation Sisters.

The Project consists of
  • Borehole and community pump for running.
  • Eight houses are constructed.
  • Eight operational farms with Maize crop and Market gardening
  • All families have animal projects

 

With profit from surplus crops and sale of produce the families are now able to pay for their children to attend school. They are also looking to the future for themselves for education or to extend their farm activities.

One of the Eight Farm Houses

 

Livingstone

This is a historic colonial city and present capital of the Southern Province of Zambia, a tourism centre for the Victoria Falls lying 10 km north of the Zambezi River, and a border town with road and rail connections to Zimbabwe on the other side of the Falls. It is named after David Livingstone, the British explorer who was the first white man to explore the area.

BACKGROUND TO THE PROJECT
Ma Ma Bakita Livingstone Day Cheshire Home is being managed by the Little Sisters of St. Francis in Livingstone Diocese, The Ma Ma Bakita Cheshire Home opened in 1996 when 15 children with disabilities were identified and registered. At present it has 102 registered children with disabilities. The catchment area is vast; it provides services to the areas of Livingstone and Kazungula

Aim of Ma Ma Bakita Cheshire Home
The main aim of the Home is to offer Holistic Functional Rehabilitation to children with physical and learning disabilities.
The services include:

  • Provision of physiotherapy exercises and provision of mobility Aids and Appliances e.g. callipers, wheelchairs, crutches, artificial limbs etc.
  • Provision of Education to children with special needs.

The Home had no structure where they could do learning programmes with the children i.e. teaching them basic care skills, survival skills and basic education to prepare them for primary education in mainstream and special education unit schools. Education is one of the several areas of need and rights of these disabled children, therefore it is the responsibility of the Cheshire Home to create an opportunity to answer this important need. The Home consisted of a single room Day Centre and needed to be extended to include a Learning Disability School and Physiotherapy Centre.

Ma Ma Bakita Learning Disability School & Physiotherapy Centre

Ma Ma Bakita Learning Disability School

Ma Ma Bakita Learning Disability School
This was to be a completely new project undertaken by the home through funding from TOUCH Ireland.  They constructed a classroom block with 2 adapted toilets attached, an office, a counselling room and a playground.

Ma Ma Bakita Physiotherapy Centre

The Centre is located within the Cheshire Home premises. This enables all the children from different homes be brought to the centre for learning. It is a community project that is fully supported by community for its running and sustainability.

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