SERVE’s work with Assumption Parish Community in Zambia

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SERVE works in partnership with the Assumption Parish Community situated in Mazabuka, Zambia. In Zambia, around 70% of the young population are unemployed, and those employed are on very low wages. At SERVE we look at the root causes of this high unemployment in the youth of Zambia. We also support likeminded existing or new programmes that help empower the youth, and work in solidarity within a marginalised and vulnerable community, like those within the Assumption Parish Community, Mazabuka
Signing the funding contract in Luyobolola School

The Assumption Parish Community has worked
closely with our Development officer, Darren
Hennelly, over the past 15 months.


Darren works
closely with the Assumption Parish and partners with :

  • St. Bakhita’s (Good Samaritan) House Youth
    Centre
  • Luyobolola Primary school
  • Flamboyant Special school
  • St. Patrick’s Secondary school
  • Lukavilla Arts Centre
Youths working on the vegetable garden with Darren
Darren helps this community by running workshops and life skills training programmes, through seminars to help the youth population of Mazabuka to aspire to be self-sustainable through determination, education and skills training.
Youths tending to growing vegetables in the garden

Community Vegetable Garden Project

The garden at the youth centre is a small scale project that continues to do well and garner. The garden produces all year round and forms part of the plan for the sustainability of the centre into the future. The youth’s that help produce the vegetables can take away what they grow.
Chickens in their new home in Flamboyant School
Darren recieving the first tray of eggs produced.

SERVE’s work with the Flamboyant Special School –
Chicken Project

Flamboyant Special School in Mazabuka has currently 97 learners with hearing, physical and intellectual impairments, and learners with cerebral palsy
In March 2020, SERVE started funding a chicken project for the Flamboyant Special School and funded the project further in January 2021. As a result of this funding, the school now has 300 chickens that are currently laying 100 eggs per day for the school. The school can then sell 10 trays a day in an established market within the community. In its second year, when the project is fully fledged, and all chickens are laying eggs, it will go a long way for helping the school to become financially sustainable.
In addition to the financial impact of the project for the school, it has also directly benefitted the students themselves through the child feeding programme put in place within the school. The project in particular has helped two older students who have learned invaluable skills on how to look after the chickens. Cledwyn Hamoonga, the school’s principal, and staff decided to employ the two boys for the upkeep of the chickens. This has been an opportunity for the boys to gain skills in budgeting and will help them in their life outside of school.
Flamboyant Special School receives no support from the Zambian government and so is heavily dependent on donors and partners like SERVE.

SERVE’s work with Luyobolola National School

In 2020, SERVE helped Luyobolola Primary school to build 3 classrooms and a full ablution/toilet block. 900 pupils attend this school, who up until the ablution was built, were using behind the wall of the school for a toilet. Now with the brand-new ablution block, students can study and work in a conducive working environment.
Ablution Block (before)
Ablution Block (after)
Classroom Block (before)
Classroom Block (after)

Throughout 2020 and 2021, we have also helped the school with a farm project in the nearby parish farm. Three
hectares of sunflower seed and two hectares of maize were sown with the help of SERVE funding. It is hoped that the
harvest from this and future harvests will go towards the school’s feeding programme. The school offers a feeding
programme in the mornings for students that consists of a maize porridge with ground nuts. Sadly, for the students
there, this breakfast could be the only meal they could have all day for some of those children.

The Parish Farm
Visiting the Parish Farm to check on the crops.

Leadership and Life Skills Workshop in the Assumption Parish Youth Centre

Leadership & Life-Skills Workshop delivered by Auldridge Chibbwalu
Darren presenting a certificate to a participant
Day 2 workshop delivered by Darren & Auldridge Chibbwalu
In March 2021, SERVE funded a three-day leadership and life skills workshop. It had some fantastic speakers on different topics and the feedback from participants, all ranging from 18 to 30 years of age, was very positive. The participants felt rewarded by learning skills they never knew they could learn, for example self development skills.

Quotes from participants

"I'm here to interact with new people. To learn new things, to acquire knowledge and to become a better person. I want to be able to put into practice all I learn and share it with other people"
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Assumption Parish Youth Centre
Participant
"I'm here to gain skills and have a vision towards achieving my future goals. I expect to get motivated, acquire the knowledge which shall sustain my action plan. I want to be a productive youth and I want to be able to serve my community.
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Assumption Parish Youth Centre
Participant

An entrepreneurship training workshop will be taking place in May 2021. By the end of this session, the
youth participants will feel that they can run their own
small business, which they never thought possible
before!

SERVE plans to continue with these workshops in future and to do so more often and involve different types of workshops that focus on different types of skills. This the youths in Mazabuka are empowered to prosper in their lives, which unfortunately they would not have much opportunity without our workshops. In terms of the immediate future, next month, SERVE will be holding further entrepreneur training sessions after the successfully hosted workshops in April.

SERVES’s work with St. Patrick’s secondary school & the Lukavilla Art Centre

We have helped Saint Patrick’s secondary school by sponsoring learning materials and we are continuously supporting Luzyobolo arts and Cultural Centre, with hopeful exciting projects on the horizon.
School supplies funded by SERVE

Why should you support SERVE in Assumption Parish now and into the future?

SERVE’s work in Mazabuka is still in an early phase, so it’s hard to go forward without the guarantee of funding. There is lots of opportunities for us to help within the local area and our aim at SERVE is to help make our partners more self sustainable so they can help themselves. By working in solidarity with our partners over the coming years, we can help make these schools more sustainable. By supporting us you can help make sure this happens.
With your help we can have sustainable programmes that directly benefit the youth of Mazabuka. Skills such as: farming, tailoring, computer training or mechanical training are opportunities that could go forward in Mazabuka with a little more funding.
We will also be working on projects like the rejuvenation of Luyando Farm, a local farm in the area that has come on hard times and we can also train youth’s there and provide certificates so that they can be guaranteed employment or start up their own farming enterprise. At SERVE we can see many opportunities within the parish to help but unfortunately without adequate funding there’s little we can do. Without funding, we have no ability to maintain the progress we have already made and to maintain our momentum.

COVID 19 has had an undeniable impact on SERVE and the communities. Due to the constraints of the pandemic, we
are unable to go out into the public for our Flip Flop Appeal in order to raise funds.
Our solidarity with Mazabuka reminds us of our responsibility to support them in overcoming financial and social
constraints that they experience in addition to this health crisis.

Our Flip Flop Appeal to you is to join our vision with a one-off donation or pledge a monthly gift and become a
regular donor to support SERVE and continue the work of supporting and empowering the vulnerable members of
the Assumption Parish.

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