Historically, Zambia has known more peace than any of its eight African neighbours who have suffered from ethnic, religious and political conflict. It did, however, suffer greatly from the world copper market crash of 1975, having been the world's third largest copper producer when it became an independant republic in the 1960s.
Zambia is now on the list of the world's poorest countries- with 78% of rural Zambians living in poverty. Disease is one of Zambia's greatest challenges and a constant threat to development - particularly HIV/AIDS and malaria.
Established in 2008, the Swansea-Siavonga Partnership between students at the University of Swansea and the Siavonga Nutrition Group (based in Siavonga) has created a cultural exchange in order to improve the lives of people living in poverty from both Swansea and Siavonga. In 2013, the organisation launched a scholarship scheme to help fund the education of achieving children and this is where you come in....
Why do we need the money?
"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world" Nelson Mandela
Our scholarship scheme aims to use the power of education to improve income generation and better the lives of families living in poverty in Siavonga, Zambia. In particular, the education of girls is critical since educated women are more likely to educate their own children - ending the cycle of illiteracy in a generation.
- If all children in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills 171 million could be lifted out of poverty
- One extra year of a girls education can reduce infant mortality by 5-10%
- Of the 793 million illiterate people in the world, two thirds are female
- A child born to a literate woman is twice as likely to survive past five
As of 2014, six children have been successfully funded by the scheme from four schools in Siavonga, including one orphanage. Your money would go directly towards the funding of more children through education that they would otherwise be unable to afford.
Where would your money go?
- £6 = Primary school uniform for one child
- £7.50 = PTA fees for one term
- £10 = School bag/satchel
- £12 = School uniform for one older child
- £15 = Primary school fees per child for one term OR a games kit and equipment
- £16 = A goat
- £35 = Secondary school fees per child for one term
- £240 = Full funding for a child for one year of education (equipment, clothes, fees etc.)