If you're someone who wants to make a real and lasting difference you will want to be part of Growing Futures, a PEPAIDS' initiative that's changing lives, families, communities and impacting a nation for the better.
What is it?
Being a child in Southern Zambia is, more often than not, a harsh reality far removed from our first-world existence. Imagine being able to give the most vulnerable of those children a break from their difficult circumstances and, at the same time, help them return to everyday life much better equipped to succeed? That's exactly what Growing Futures does. It's a commitment to the orphans and vulnerable children of Southern Zambia, providing respite and specialised education through camps. Alongside the camps, Growing Futures works with the children's families and communities to kick-start income generating schemes so they have all the tools they need to help themselves. It's practical, it's sustainable and it works.
Be inspired by Emelly and Jack's story:
A Mother Has a 'New' Son
Emelly is a mother of four children. She's been sick for much of their lives and struggles to care for her family. Emelly sent three of her children to one of the camps.
"My kids learnt to unite themselves and work together as a family at home."
She says her son, Jack, was a problem before the camp but he returned home with a new attitude, ready to contribute to the family; "I'm proud to say that you re-trained my son!"
A Son Has a New Future
At the camp, Jack engaged in an exercise called 'crossing over the electric wire'. It' part of the specialised programme that helped him realise he cold cross over from problems to the other side and become part of the solution.
After the camp, Jack took this revelation and put it to good use; he has started going out and hunting quail, and bringing them home for his family to eat.
His mother Emelly says, "If he kills a bird, he'll sell it. He then takes the money to the grinding mill and buys maize to make mealie meal".
He has also saved some money and bought a pair of shoes. "He's proud of having shoes he bought himself," Emelly says.
What difference can you make?
Our current aim is to run camps every month for seven months for the next three years. It costs £50 for each child to attend a week long camp. Please donate whatever you can to help the children of Southern Zambia change their futures.