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 exciting 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.
Our 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.
Please 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”