Yes, you read that correctly! We are launching our FOURTH location on August 2nd!!
As you may know, we launched a partnership with Alliance for Children Everywhere (ACE)/Christian Alliance for Children in Zambia (CACZ) as part of their Empower & Earn component of their Family Preservation programs. I first learned about their House of Moses infant home when I moved to Zambia in 2012. I loved their facility, enjoyed their friendly and attentive staff, and could only ever dream of partnering with them. One of our deep-rooted motivations at CiH is orphan prevention. So when I received the call from a staff member at House of Moses wanting to explore a partnership together in the name of family empowerment and orphan prevention, I was thrilled!
Fast forward a few years later. We will be graduating our 2nd class of students from ACE/CACZ this September! We've learned that families in these vulnerable situations are highly motivated and highly capable of providing for their families to keep their children in the home and out of the orphanage. We never thought we'd get to play such a direct role in orphan prevention, but we're here. And friends, IT IS THE BEST!! Graduation Day is always exciting getting to recognize the determination, courage, and skills of the women in our program, overcoming immense cultural obstacles and oppression to do so. But when you throw in these students who also get to celebrate keeping their children in their home because they can financially provide for them, it is a PARTY!!
This partnership is really just beginning, and we can't imagine better people to work alongside. The folks at ACE/CACZ have invited us to open a FOURTH location at the House of Moses in their Skills-Training Room. We will provide the training, curriculum, and materials needed to run this 2x weekly, 12-month program operating in the same format as Ng'ombe and Kaunda Square (but differently than our Village Program in Muchochoma Village).
And the even more amazing news, an INCREDIBLY GENEROUS businessman stepped up and pledged to sponsor this class for the NEXT 5 YEARS!!! He is moved by the need in Zambia and wants to see women empowered for the sake of their entire families. With 12 students averaging around 100 children impacted per class, that's around 500 children who will be benefitted through this incredible commitment. Children get to stay in families. Children get to eat. Children get to go to school. Children get to grow up walking a different road than their parents, all because their mothers (and some fathers!) took these brave, bold steps to make a change and break the cycle.
Rejoice with us, friends! There is so much beauty in this partnership and we are so grateful for it and the opportunity to play a role in orphan prevention and family preservation in Zambia! We are excited to share photos and videos of this class in the coming weeks and months as they settle into their new home in Chelstone, Lusaka, Zambia.
Welcome to the fam, Chelstone location! And the biggest THANK YOU to the company who made it happen!
(And if you know a business or run a business that would like to invest in changing lives in Zambia through class sponsorship, we have 2 other locations of folks who are ready and desperate to begin their training. All we're waiting on is the funding to make it happen! Contact me HERE to get the ball rolling with this high-impact opportunity with long-lasting benefits)