Mission: Care for & educate orphaned & vulnerable children. Develop communities by assisting schools & partnering in water & sanitation projects. Strengthen families caring for orphans with skills & literacy training, food & financial aid. Distribute relief supplies.
Programs: Children's resource center- zambia: the crc is an orphan care center designed to serve as a transitional residence for children found living in child headed households or on the streets. Our purpose is to address their physical, social, emotional, and educational needs, and provide a loving environment for these children. In most cases they have undergone tremendous loss and are experiencing serious health problems as a result of malnutrition and neglect. During the 2016/2017 fiscal year, we cared for 41 children in residence; providing education, food, all health related needs including hiv treatment for 6 of the children, grief counseling, access to caring adults, skills training and recreation therapy. In addition, we operate a school for 230 children from the surrounding community. We sponsored 48 students in secondary school. In january of 2017, mwb opened our new primary school, allowing us to increase the number of students we teach from 128 to 230.
relief supplies: as part of our mission we collect and distribute relief supplies to zambia. In the 2016/2017 fiscal year we collected in excess of 7,600 pounds of relief supplies including but not limited to: eduction and skills training supplies, sewing machines, yarn, crochet hooks, fabric, clothing, bed sheets, diapers, tools for gardening and contruction, seeds, shoes, recreation equipment, school and reading books, computers, other office equipment, furniture, feminine hygiene kits, clean birthing kits and hygiene kits. These items are distributed to local agencies working with orphaned and vulnerable children, women's clubs and schools.
volunteer expeditions- we rely on volunteers to accomplish much of our work in zambia. For many of the children we serve, having a caring adult to guide and nurture them is a rarity. During the 2016/2017 fiscal year we hosted 79 volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life. Their time was spent teaching children in villages, communities, street kids centers and orphanages a variety of life skills including reading, preparing food, personal hygiene, hiv and aids awareness, caring for and repairing their clothing, gardening, crocheting, sewing, and carpentry. The presence and caring of the volunteers helps orphaned and vulnerable children better understand their value and learn the skills necessary to make valuable contributions to their communities when they graduate from our program. In 2016/2017 our volunteers helped with the construction and painting of a new farm shop that will serve as an income-generating project for the crc. They also helped with land maintenance by slashing grass, built part of the playground for the new school, harvested and shelled corn in preparation for grinding, and helped expand the crc gardens. In 3 separate villages they taught literacy, sewing, crocheting, and conducted feminine hygiene training workshops.