HOPE Volunteer Corps – 2018

The 2018 HOPE Volunteer Corps (HVC) will open for registrations from 1 Dec 2017.

There will be two HVCs in Zambia next year:

HVC 1: 15-29 July 2018, Early Childhood Development program

HVC 2: 4-18 Aug 2018, Aquaponics farm program

More details will be available from 1 Dec on the HVC website at:

Best wishes,
Steve and Sharon

Zambia Update march 2017

As 2017 rapidly marches on, a news update is long overdue. The last time I wrote was over the Christmas period, when  our family was heading towards Namibia, by road.  We all returned safely, 4,500 kms later, we enjoyed our roadside view of Africa so much that we’re already discussing a longer trip through Botswana and to the Cape next Christmas.

Work at HOPE in Zambia has been busy and sustained so far in 2017, but no new big initiative that I can break to you in this newsletter. There is still lots going on though :

As part of our DREAMS Innovation Challenge grant from the US Dept. of State we went through a 3 day exercise to asses our organisational capacity.  This looked at the policies we have in place; our financial checks and balances; how well we deliver and measure our programs; and how we plan for the future.  We’ve done a lot of work in these areas over the last 18 months – it’s vital in order to win  new funding.  Although HwwZ is one of the smallest charities to be awarded funding under DREAMS, I’m very very pleased to be able to share that the team reached an aggregated score of 90%. They’ve all worked hard to get to this level. We will over the next 12 months add further capacity in areas identified during the appraisal.

We are busy preparing for the HOPE volunteer Corps who will be joining us in Zambia in July.  We’re amazed that Zambia was such a popular destination, with 41 people joining the trip.  The volunteers will be helping to improve a government preschool in the Mtendere area of Lusaka.  HwwZ will take over the day to day running of the school later this year, bringing the same excellence in early childhood education that we’re currently delivering through over private The Learning Tree (TLT) preschool in Kabulonga. At the TLT we have filled places for 15 pupils so far, with free spaces for Orphans and Vulnerable children, alongside the fee paying children.

I’m currently making my way back to Zambia from Zurich, Switzerland.  The SwissRe Foundation run a Resource Award each year, where they invite social entrepreneurs to pitch for funds to expand their ventures.  We applied on behalf of Clearwater Farms, to expand use of our aquaponic farming methods among a cohort of smallholders around Zambia.  Sharon co-opted the children to pray for Dad’s trip, and I’m  sure for that reason alone Clearwater went on to win the award this year.  It brings coaching over 3 years, prestige and exposure, and some funds to support the expansion of Clearwater  along social entrepreneurial lines.  Very exciting.  Further details at : www.resourceaward.org

Thank you all for your support for the work of HOPE in Zambia.  We look forward to meeting up with many of you face-to-face when we visit the UK again, in June

God bless



HOPE Youth Corp 2017

jeremy_building_house_003Hello Church!

As promised please find the details about the upcoming HOPE Youth Corps project in Zambia. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will try to help. Please note this is open to families, singles, campus, teens and couples as long as those who are not travelling with their families are over 15 years old. Registration begins this Thursday, 1st December via the link below!

advice can be given on how to fund raise to pay for your place 🙂 I hope that Thames Valley Church will be able to represent with as many volunteers as possible!

DATES: last 2 weeks of July 2017
REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.hopeww.org/hyc
ORGANIZER: NADINE TEMPLER (nadine.templer@hopeww.org)
2017 Lusaka HYC Description

Zambia is known as the REAL Africa, it boasts some of the continents best wildlife and breath-taking natural attractions but it has some very impoverished and vulnerable communities as well. In July 2017 Lusaka, will host a HYC group for 2 weeks of volunteering, fun activities and service in the lord. The volunteer work will take place in Mtendere which is a high-density housing compound in a very poor area in the Eastern part of Lusaka which is the capital city of Zambia.

HOPE worldwide ZAMBIA (HwwZ) will be renovating Mtendere Preschool and transforming it into an ECD (Early Childhood Development) Centre. The preschool is currently in a rundown state with a broken toilet system, understaffed teaching workforce and without a library or toys for the kids. Many of the children who currently attend Mtendere Pre-school are from vulnerable households.

The ECD Centre will boost early year’s education for children aged 6 months to 6 years old in Mtendere and the surrounding areas. Our plan also includes setting up the pre-school with good programs, development plans for the teachers, a review of processes, curriculum and lesson plans, building a new toilet block at the site, and setting up a book and toy library.
During their 2-weeks stay in the country, HYC volunteers work will include: decorative work e.g painting; putting up posters; setting up classrooms; gardening; developing programmes and lessons for children; developing a teacher training plan and setting up a book and toy library. Specialized skill sets are encouraged but all are welcome to lend a hand in helping set up a great preschool that we believe will change the lives of many kids by giving them the tools that they need to survive this world.

The 2017 Lusaka HYC will teach you to connect to God in completely new ways such as worship through service, gratitude and spiritual growth that comes from empathy. Expect to have your faith in God and love for your fellow man stretched like you never have before.

Lastly, expect lots of fun activities and exploration. With themed evenings such as Game Night, Karaoke Night, Folk Tale Night and a Wacky talent show; there’ll be no dull moments during your stay. The visit to Lilayi Lodge will give HYC volunteers a chance to get close up and personal with earth’s largest mammal at the Elephant Orphanage. Also on offer are game drives, guided walks and horseback safaris for volunteers who want to view a variety of Antelope, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe and the myriad bird-life.

So, if you are looking to grow your faith, love and walk with God through service and are up for a fun time and exploration then join us in Lusaka for HOPE Youth Corps 2017.

Best Regards,
Michelle Cheema
Independent Thermomix Advisor/Team Leader
079475 99329

Zambia Update October 2016

rose_photoThree of our staff members traveled to Johannesburg last week for orientation meetings around the DREAMS* Innovation Challenge program that we’ve been awarded. The HOPE ww Zambia Team did an amazing job in securing the grant; it’s a high-profile program funded directly from the US Department of State and only 56 out of 800 applications were selected. Our program will open 10 After-School Clubs in some of the most challenging areas of Lusaka. The objective is to identify girls who have dropped out, or are at risk of dropping out, of secondary school. Girls’ education is often called the social vaccine against HIV because of the significant reduction in HIV incidence among better-educated girls and young women. Increasing girls’ access to and retention in education reduces their risk of contracting HIV.

As well as the opportunity to help 1,200 girls stay in school, the grant offers technical assistance to the awardees, helping them to build their capacity, processes and tools, to deliver their programs successfully. Our experience of working on larger programs started for myself and two colleagues on the way to the orientation – this was their first ever flight on a plane and there was some nervousness. I’ve flown many times before, so fortunately I was able to give advice about what sort of parachute to take and what to do in case of turbulence (put your head between your knees and start praying loudly). They found a way to pay me back though for my insensitivity, with a few hours of window shopping one evening in a Johannesburg shopping mall – not my cup of tea!

Our other HIV education program, with Safe Motherhood Groups and Youth Friendly groups is also gathering pace. We’ve been able to reach out to 840 Women and Youths so far, with another 18 months of meetings, peer support and training still to come.

Among all the numbers though it’s easy to lose track of the individuals. Rose, aged 10, circled in the attached photo, attends a Community School from 12 noon until 4pm. The Community School has one classroom, where a volunteer (without qualifications) teaches about 40 or more children. After school, Rose walks home again with her friends and arrives back home at about 5.30pm. There is no electricity in the house, so the family use candles for lighting after 6pm when it’s dark. Her mother has little idea from week to week, and sometime day to day, how she’s going to pay the rent, or feed the family. Rose doesn’t care though, you’ll see in the photo that she’s beaming……Note-to-self: smile more and moan less!!

God Bless


* DREAMS = Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored, and Safe women.

Zambia Progress Update

A semi regular news update for our staff, volunteers and partners, about our work to serve the poor in Zambia

The seasons have changed now in Zambia, that’s for sure.  The days where we would contemplate a jumper (pullover / sweater / jersey, depending on your origins) are far behind us, and the heat we remember on arriving in Zambia around this time last year is upon us….35°C in the shade today.  This means that we have now tested our Aquaponic fish farm social enterprise in all conditions, from the challenges of keeping the fish warm through the ‘winter’ – not really a proper winter in the UK sense of the word, but cooler weather nevertheless – and now back in the summer where we rely on the shade netting to protect the salads from the sun. Everything is well with both fish and vegetables, our plan is that this project will provide skilled work, generate income, and grow produce for the local high value markets in Zambia.

Work is well underway on the larger farm, out of Lusaka, with space for more Aquaponics…… and living quarters for 5,000 chickens, which has now been completed (see photo attached). We’re also planning a place for visitors to stay on the farm, we’re a little off the beaten track but please do think of joining us for a holiday.  Many friends already have visited us in Lusaka, and have ended up loving the country as we now do.

Since our last update, when we tentatively mentioned a PEPFAR grant application, we’re pleased to say that this has now been awarded to HOPE worldwide Zambia. Overall funding levels are modest, but it’s significant as it’s our first Early Childhood Development project, with many more to follow we hope.  The program will improve the care and education of those who are Vulnerable or Orphaned, often as a result of HIV.  Three of us attended the launch day at the US Embassy here in Lusaka last week; it’s an imposing modern building, high up on a hill. We were treated to a talk from the US Ambassador, who reminded us that the US has spent $1.7b in Zambia since 2004 on fighting HIV/AIDS, an astonishing amount.

If you have any news that you’d like to share in the next update, please do let me know, or send photos

God Bless!



Zambia Hope Youth Corp

We are very pleased that Zambia has been selected as a site for a HOPE Youth Corps (HYC) trip next year in July
HYC is open to volunteers from around the world, to work on a particular HOPE project, and the Zambian project will be to renovate a preschool in Mtendere. It will last 2 weeks and there is an option to travel to Livingstone to see Victoria Falls afterwards. Anyone is welcome to join, including singles, marrieds, and families.
The exact dates are still being finalized, and details will be put on the HYC website soon. Registration opens on 1 December.
Many thanks,jeremy_building_house_003

Sharon Clark

Development Manager

HOPE worldwide Zambia

HOPE worldwide Zambia – news August 2016

HwwZ Intersite Tournament 2016A semi regular news update for our staff, volunteers and partners, about our work to serve the poor in Zambia

So the elections are over now, my first one in Zambia. After much noise but thankfully only minimal unrest on the streets of Lusaka, things are returning to normal. Our staff working in the compounds lost some days on site, but all are safe.  Thank you for your prayers.

We have had an amazing week, with 7 volunteers from the UK who have helped us with our programs here in Zambia.  Zone, Diana and Rose have helped us at our Learning Tree preschool; Athena has run first aid training sessions for our preschool staff as well as those form the surrounding communities;  Julie and Dennis have helped to mentor and support the team through training and mentorship; John Partington has been busy constructing a wall fence around the site of our building at Chibolya.  Athena’s feedback from the first aid training was enlightening – some students thought that the best way to treat a burn on a child was to rub in an egg, or butter.  Others thought that choking could be cured with a large piece of Nshima (a maize flour dish). She was happy to suggest some safer alternatives 🙂

We met this last week with PEPFAR, a US funder.  We have proposed to them a small Early Childhood Development (ECD) program within Mtendere Compound.  We’re excited because this would be our first proper ECD program in Zambia.  HOPE worldwide SA have developed some excellent Early Childhood Parent Support groups.  The program for PEPFAR would see this delivered to 300 Families in Mtendere over 12 months.  We should hear if we’re successful in October, faithfully this will be first of many ECD that we can deliver into Zambia

Our intersite tournament this year has also just finished, with 30 children from each of our 4 sites in Lusaka competing using poetry, song and debating. Some great talents, inspiring each other to succeed, to live healthy and safe lives, and raise awareness of HIV and the challenges that they have in common. We even had coverage from mobiTV this year !

Finally, we are continuing to promote our preschool in Kabulonga, Lusaka, The Learning Tree preschool, run by HOPE worldwide will generate an income for our core programs in Zambia for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.  Perselyne and her team were promoting the school at Manda Hill today, we’re hoping to enroll more pupils at the start if next term.  You can see that they’re all bonded nicely, in the attached photo.

If you have any news that you’d like to share in the next update, please do let me know, or send photos.

God Bless!

Steve & SharonThe Learning Tree Preschool Promotion - Lusaka

HOPE worldwide Zambia news No. 3

Here is some news from Steve Clark in Zambia. Steve writes…

“A semi-regular news update for our staff, volunteers and partners, about our work to serve the poor in Zambia.

It’s excitiCertificate Presentationng to announce that The HOPE worldwide Learning Tree preschool is now open. We have 6 classrooms, a dining room, 2 outdoor play areas and a kitchen that are all now ready to use. From the 11th July we have been able to advertise the school, both in the local community and further afield in Lusaka, for Children from 6 months to 6 years. A big thank you to all of you who have been involved in helping to make this idea become a reality. Please find us here: facebook


We’re looking forward to our next group of visitors to our projects here in Zambia. On August 19th 5 volunteers will join us for 10 days, from churches in London. They’ll be joined by the more familiar faces, our (not so!) old friends, John and Rose Partington. Three of the group have direct experience of working in schools or with young children. They’ll spend time strengthening our programs, and the organisation. Perfect timing for the opening of the school.

Dreams - 3Our ViiV Healthcare funded HIV education program is gathering momentum. Over the last 2 months we have trained, alongside the Ministry of Health, 40 youths in HIV prevention and advocacy. A further 24 women have been trained in Safe Motherhood best practices. These 5-day courses give the youths and women the information and techniques they need to spread accurate information about HIV prevention into the heart of the townships and compounds in which HwwZ works. Over the next 2 years we will reach about 8000 women and youths with these messages.

Finally, we’re excited to be able to announce that the Dreams Innovation Challenge initiative, funded by PEPFAR, the Gates Foundation, Gilead Sciences and others, have provisionally award us funding for our program: “After-School Program to Inspire girls to Resume or complete their Education (ASPIRE)”. This program will be delivered in collaboration with the Zambia Open Community School, and will use recent innovations in technology and teaching methods to help to keep girls in secondary school. Girls’ education is often called the social vaccine against HIV because of the significant reduction in HIV incidence among better-educated girls and young women. Increasing girls access to and retention in education reduces their risk of contracting HIV. Better educated adolescent girls and young women tend to have more knowledge about how HIV is contracted and are better prepared to prevent transmission. This 2 year program will help to support 1,200 girls to either return to, or to continue to participate, in secondary school. Visit by clicking the link here.

Youth Advocacy TrainingPlease keep all our staff and volunteers in your prayers, as they continue to work in the communities and compounds. This is especially so during the upcoming elections on the 11 August – please keep safe.

If you have any news that you’d like to share in the next update, please do let me know. Photos welcome too.

God bless, Steve”

Dreams - 7

A Note from Rose Partington: HOPE Zambia Toys Needed

Dear brothers and sisters,

As many of you are aware Steve and Sharon Clark and HOPEworldwide Zambia are in the process of setting up and very soon opening a pre-school and nursery in Lusaka, called THE LEARNING TREE. They have a Facebook page if you haven’t seen it already go to ‘The Learning Tree’. It is a very exciting adventure.

How can you help????

The school is in need of some toys and equipment and we are asking if any of you with children might have educational items of GOOD QUALITY that you can donate to the school. This would be an opportunity for your children to give too! (Sharon specifically said for you not to go out and buy them, but if you had any the children were no longer using?)

They have a donor for books and have an abundance of soft toys so these are not needed. I have attached a list of what they do need. If you are able to donate anything, please will you let us know by E-MAIL and bring the items if possible on FRIDAY 24th when we will have a Zambia evening when The Clarks will be doing a report on the work in Zambia.

Thank you all so much for your continued interest and support.


Items needed for THE LEARNING TREE

5 abacus (counters)
2 sets of plastic building blocks
2 sets of wooden building blocks
5 Plastic Cooking sets
10 Dinosaurs
5 Dolls preferably black
10 sets of dressing up clothes
5 Fisher Price rings
2 Goal nets
Any Melissa and Doug educational toys: e.g. sandwich set, pattern blocks, fruit set, basic skills board, food groups set, geometric sorting board.
5 Mini laptops
Plastic domestic animals
Plastic toy insects
Plastic wild animals
20 Small black boards
Small cars