Mobile School Visit
Danny, Mark, Chris, Lukwesa and Chandre had a great opportunity to meet up with some real stars during their trip to Zambia.
The idea of the All Star Kids Mobile School is becoming a reality. The project is changing to fit the need of the children we are working with. This fits with our motto – See me, Listen to Me, Believe in me. We have seen the need for supporting children on and of the streets (and former children who were on the streets), we have listened to what they want us to do and as a result we are believing in them by changing our practice to fit their needs. As a result our project workers Charley and Japhet are now based out of Fountain of Hope Lusaka.
They are working with a small group of boys from the streets and developing a programme with them. This is initially working on building their trust and working closely with one of the workers from Fountain of hope.
Fountain of Hope is a drop and residential centre for children. Each day the centre works with over 400 boys and has 40 children who are resident. Over the years Fountain of Hope has built a fantastic reputation working with former children from the streets. However they need a lot of support to develop the facitlities of the centre. For example when Chris and Danny “tested” the toilets they were shocked at the complete disrepair they are in. Similarly when looking into the dormitories where the children sleep they were dark, dirty and most of the windows were broken.
Therefore the initial steps during the visit were to see how we could help the centre, this initially invovled in the team buying lots of paint, brushes and showing the young people how to repaint their own rooms! Take a look at the photos and see the difference this simple transformation made. Also the team purchased Mosquito nets for every child who is staying at the centre.
It may sound like simple cosmetic help, but over time we are planning to get more invovled in helping with many of the other infrastructure projects including helping the centre become self sustaining and more.
The mobile school is taking shape, the team now also have their own office based at Fountain of Hope they are working with children there, children on the streets and soon will be working with children born in prison.
Without your support though we cannot continue to do this, we need your support to help us fund our amazing workers who are making and every day improvement to the lives of some amazing young people. Please make a donation today.