In 2016 we finished our Growing Futures Project in which we ran 14 educational camps for orphans and the most vulnerable children in our communities. We estimate that this will have impacted over 2700 people in Zambia and dozens of UK volunteers who came out to help us on our camps!
16 year old Vernon is a single orphan, who went to live with his grandmother after his mother re-married and her new husband refused to take on her children. Before going on one of our camps, Vernon sold charcoal to try and make a living. At the camp he learnt about diversification and since has started rearing livestock and chickens. He hopes to generate enough income to see him through his education.
Two months after attending one of our camps, 14 year old Charity told us this: “I never knew about gender roles and I used to refuse to herd animals because I thought it was a boy’s responsibility. Now I help my parents with the herding of animals and give ideas about how we can generate more income as a family.”
Massive thanks to Ed Stacey, our UK volunteer Project Manager, who spearheaded the project and spent 10 months in Zambia getting it up and running! He did such a good job, he inspired some of the UK team to swap our creature comforts for roll-mats under the stars and a hole in the ground for a toilet!