The Further Education Project "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch a fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Over the past few years our primary and secondary sponsorship programme has increased from 100 pupils to over 350.
It is exciting to have reached a time when many of our sponsored pupils have successfully passed their final school exams and are ready to venture out into the adult world. However, this comes with its own new set of challenges, particularly in getting these young adults to college or trade school so that they can become formally qualified and employable.
Our "Charity Begins at Home" has recognised that, in spite of their many personal difficulties, hard working pupils should be given the chance to fulfill their educational dreams. We have been focusing our efforts on raising the funds to support them through some form of higher education. The benefits of providing 'further education' to trade schools, college and university's are numerous!
It greatly increases chances of employment. It improves essential 'Life Skills'. It gives increased hope and pride. It helps to provide financial security for the family.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of all is that it provides an investment in the future of the region. Many of the sponsored students are training in careers that will bring them back to the region as teachers, health care workers, or in other skilled positions. Zambia has a severe shortage of skilled workers, so by helping these students prepare for careers, we are also improving the overall situation of the region.
When 'Charity Begins at Home' commits to support a student through college, we first ensure that there is personal determination and dedication to succeed and that financially, we have the funds to support the student throughout the whole course. This generally includes course fees, accommodation, food allowance, and transport.
We have now introduced a "Further Education Fund" where supporters can donate, and therefore make a difference to a student's life, even if they cannot fund 100% of the college costs themselves. When we have sufficient accumulated funds for a student to attend their course for the whole duration, we will take on the sponsorship, and ensure that students have sufficient funds to complete the whole course.
- Donate ANY AMOUNT to the Further Education Fund to support a future graduate!
- $2 500 sponsors a college student for a year
- Approximately $7,500 sponsors a college student for the duration of their course.
- $600 pays for a Laptop Computer (Medical and Teaching Courses)
The words of one sponsored student say it all.... "College qualifications give hope and pride to us students and our families that we can achieve success, even if we are lacking in some skills. Hope is the necessity in life, since it helps us become more determined and confident, and helps us achieve success. It also gives pride to the country at large for there are few people who acquire college education in Zambia."