Skills for Work in Zambia

This project aims to establish vocational training in Mnukwa village, not far from Chipata in the eastern part of the country. It started in 2011 with the building of 3 classrooms, followed by a bore hole and solar panels. We are now helping to build teachers’ houses and supplying the centre with sewing machines, carpentry tools and bike repair kits. The community is rather isolated and this project is opening up new opportunities for them and engaging the young people in exciting new projects. The solar panels and lights will also allow adults access to the rooms in the evenings.

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What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The challenges include organising making the villagers aware of the possibilities open to them. The project is providing new openings and is especially aimed at the teenagers and young adults who need to have the chance of embracing new skills. The lack of electricity and basic sanitation pose challenges.

How will this project solve this problem?

Having a bicycle repair centre will mean the trip to town becomes under an hour (at present a 4 hour walk), the sewing centre and carpentry room will mean opportunities to become more self sufficient. Having the solar lights enables evening classes.

Potential Long Term Impact

We hope the project will lead young people to have an income and provide them with encouragement, a gain in confidence and an awareness of what they can achieve.

Mnukwa sewing training 1014