Construction of our Skills Training Center
The largest project completed in Kaoma has been the building of a Skills Training Center. The center, for youth and adults, includes a modern computer technology area where computer skills are taught internet access available to individuals. This Center has been especially beneficial for school students, those wanting to attend university, teachers, police officers, ministers, business people, and those hoping to obtain a government job. There is also a classroom for teaching adult literacy. Many adults in Zambia have never had the opportunity to attend school, but because of you, we are providing them this opportunity! Students learn how to read and write along with other basic things most of us take for granted. One student recently said that he wants to be able to go into a bank and know what to do! There is also a conference room to hold meetings and various kinds of educational workshops.
With your assistance, over 500 students from preschool through university have been able to attend school. Education is supposed to be free, but the schools can’t function without charging some fees. If the students don’t pay, they get chased from school until the fees can be found. Education is really the only way out of poverty, so many of the Kalomo efforts have revolved around education, which has always been one of the main mission directions of Presentation Sisters throughout history, beginning with our foundress Nano Nagle.
Child Headed Homes Building Project
Together, we have joined together and built several homes for young people living alone without any adult to guide them. This project began because of the story of Kenny, Danny and Nipo, the young boys who were living in a small one room mud hut that collapsed in the heavy rains. They were sleeping on the dirt floor at night with one blanket to keep them warm during the cold season. We approached you, our friends, donors and partners with the hope of building homes for children such as these. Your responses were abundant and generous!
Kids Against Hunger Food Relief
Your generosity has allowed us to receive at least four containers of Kids Against Hunger food relief for the malnourished, vulnerable and sick. The food that arrived from both South Dakota and Illinois was enough to feed several hundreds of thousands of people. Visitors come to our door everyday looking for rice.
Housing and Clean Water
We have built a house for very poor farm workers on the Home Based Care Farm and drilled a well for clean drinking water for all the neighbors around. We have also provided many other necessities for all of our workers, including food and education for their children.