Chalice has been serving children in Zambia since 1997 in two sites in very rural communities. Chalice has built schools and continues to run them in areas where there are no other educational opportunities.
Schools in Zambia are located in major cities, but there are very few in rural communities, forcing children to travel long distances to attend any kind of formal education. In the communities where Chalice works, there is very little access to any health care because most doctors are unwilling to work outside of urban centres. Chalice works with primarily female-headed households, because men travel for mining work. Domestic responsibilities keep women from pursuing education, creating a cycle of under-education with their children.
Through the support of sponsors and donors, Chalice and our local partners focus on:
- Education - Bringing quality educational facilities to under-served rural areas.
- Adult education - Empowering women with literacy, skills training, health, and their basic rights.
- Agriculture - Chalice is undertaking a three-year project to improve sustainable farming methods to increase yields which will provide food for school feeding programs, as well as provide income from the sale of produce. This program started in Kenya in 2012, and the current project (phase three), will focus on creating sustainable a sustainable community farming system in Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia . Read the report here: Planting a Seed - A definitive guide to the development of Chalice's sustainable farming projects in Africa.
*(1) - DHS - Zambia Demographic and Health Survey 2018 [FR361] (dhsprogram.com)
*(2) *(3) *(4) - UNICEF - Education | UNICEF Zambia
*(5) - WFP - COUNTRY PROGRAMMES (wfp.org)
*(6) *(7) - WFP - COUNTRY PROGRAMMES (wfp.org)