MC – Zambia
MC-Zambia’s center in Chanyanya, Kafue district, is at the center of a fishing village nestled on a lagoon off the Kafue River, 22 miles from Kafue town.
Government education in Chanyanya ends at 9th grade and many youth find sustenance by fishing in the lagoon. MCZ’s primary goal in Chanyanya is to catch school-aged youth as they finish at the government schools and enrol them into vocational skills training programs.
MCZ offers programming in home economics, computers and information technology and handicraft production. Youth may also join a handicraft cooperative to manufacture products for sale in Lusaka, the capital, and the USA.
The center also offers a range of youth group and tutoring programs to supplement the education students receive at the government basic school. Programs include literacy education, a dance troupe, a debate society and athletic leagues.
The center sustains its activities with minimal outside support by producing pork meat at an on-site piggery. Profits from the pork business suplement course tuition fees, allowing MCZ to offer its programs for $2 per month, 6% of what equivalent courses would cost in the nearest town and at a level community members can afford.
Future plans include the development of a bricklaying/construction course and the construction of a guest house to further enhance the center’s sustainability.