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MAKE(ing) a Difference with the BBC!

16-Wilson-007_webFor the last year or so, SAPEP have been partnering with the BBC and the Zambia Council for Social Development to run the MAKE Project. The aim of the MAKE  (Media for Accountability & Empowerment)  Project is to use media to give communities a voice and equip them with the information they need to address problems in their local area.

This March, PEPAIDS Founder and CEO, Helen Allen, went along to see the project in action:

Every Saturday at 12:00 midday, a group of villagers from St Mary’s in Monze District gather under a tree. A group of citizens, carefully selected to ensure that there is a balance of men, women and youth of various viewpoints, that are representative of the wider community. Their mission:  to come, to question and to conquer! They have no radio, so the SAPEP vehicle, doors wide open and radio on, full blast, is their media platform and Wilson Nyirenda, SAPEP CEO, armed with a dictaphone to record their feedback, is their citizen journalist!

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Schools of Good Hope: Stepping in the Right Direction

For almost three years now, PEPAIDS has been delivering the Schools of Good Hope Project in Zambia. With help from SAPEP, we have made a fantastic difference to the education of over 1300 children in eight community schools. The time has come for us to take the next step on our development journey and start to hand over the project to SAPEP to run the Zambian side of things. 

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Sasha and Vincent hand over a donation of resources and money to Kafefwe Community School
“Your donation will bring commitment and hard work for this community” Headman, Kafefwe

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New Pastures for Sasha and Vincent

CIMG6408_webAfter an amazing, almost four years, involvement with PEPAIDS, Sasha Kasthuriarachchi, our Engage Project Manager, and Vincent Heselwood, our Schools of Good Hope Co-ordinator are moving on to Malaysia! We are delighted to report that Sasha Will be working for the British Council and Vincent has been offered a teaching post at an international school in Kuala Lumpur.

Sasha and Vincent’s commitment to and achievements for PEPAIDS have been nothing short of outstanding! Sasha won the Vodafone World of Difference International Competition in 2010, enabling her to work for us full-time in Zambia. Vincent, her partner and qualified teacher, went with her and pioneered our incredible Schools of Good Hope Project. Sasha established the Engage Volunteering Programme, and together they have been a significant driving force behind many of our greatest accomplishments including, the building of the SAPEP Headquarters in 2010; the re-branding of our website in 2011; the sinking of a borehole for one of our communities in 2012. Our latest project, Staging Change, was Sasha’s initiative and used drama to empower women in relationships. It produced some great results that we will be reporting in the next newsletter.  

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Don't take our word for it

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I wonder... 
what the people in Zambia think about the Schools of Good Hope Project?

So don't take our word for it.

"I have seen a huge improvement in my teachers and the pupils they teach. In recent mock exams our Grade Seven achieved better results than the nearest government school."
Headteacher Kafwefwe Community School

The children of Zambia don't need your pity, they need a chance.

The Schools of Good Hope project is offering exactly that. In 2012 we gave more than 1000 children in Zambia a lifeline out of poverty. Will you help us continue our work?

Our Seven Wonders Challenge aims to raise at least £7,000 before Christmas to help reach seven additional schools in 2013. Join the challenge.

Donate now

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Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

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I wonder... 
how you'd have done if your teachers had no training, did use any lesson plans or follow any syllabus and had no idea how to manage behaviour in class?

We are lucky to live in a country where teachers are well trained and best practice is encouraged and monitored. It's something we take for granted. Through PEPAIDS' Schools of Good Hope project we are sharing our good fortune with the school children of Zambia through effective teacher training and community school support. We have the opportunity to reach more teachers and more children in more schools in Zambia. Will you help?

The children of Zambia don't need your pity, they need a chance.

The Schools of Good Hope project is offering exactly that. In 2012 we gave more than 1000 children in Zambia a lifeline out of poverty. Will you help us continue our work?

Our Seven Wonders Challenge aims to raise at least £7,000 before Christmas to help reach seven additional schools in 2013. Join the challenge.

Donate now

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George Malambo has been one of the most inspirational Zambian Peer Educators of our story. To this day, George has worked hard to do what he can to help the poorest and sickest in his community and further afield, as well as inspiring all of our UK volunteers. So as our parting gesture, PEPAIDS wanted to reward him for 16 years of amazing service.

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