Without sponsorship many children in rural areas will not gain the benefits of secondary or tertiary education. Help us by sponsoring a child today
Project Luangwa has been sponsoring children to attend school since 2010. For the vast majority of that time, school ceased to be free after Grade 7, meaning that children from disadvantaged backgrounds could not attend school after primary. This issue also disproportionately effected girls, as limited income households would usually choose to send the eldest boy to school, if they could afford to send any.
From 2022 the new Zambian government ceased the charging of school fees for all grades. Whilst this has made school more accessible for low income families, children from vulnerable communities still struggle to attend. Despite school fees being free, they still cannot afford boarding fees, meaning that many need to walk vast distances, and often have to complete chores or remain at home to support parents in labouring in the field. They also cannot afford the basics such as school uniforms, pens, pencils or shoes.
As such, we continue to sponsor around 130 children to secondary school every year, and provide them and their families with the financial support they sorely need. Education is shown to be the best way to improve not only the student's economic prospects, but also their wider community.
We choose our sponsored students in January. They are the best and the brightest of their grade with the highest test scores and the most possibility to succeed. We send some of our students to local day schools and others are sent to boarding schools when their home life is not conductive to learning. The children are vulnerable, most having lost one or both of their parents. Your sponsorship gives them a chance at a better life.
As well as improving the overall standard of education through our Edulution program, and send as many children as possible to secondary school, we also feel that it is important to recognise the achievements of those who show great potential, and help to sponsor them through University.
With our sponsorship program we seek to send around 20 young adults to University every year, supporting them to become the leaders in Zambia.
While university is not as expensive in Zambia as in many western countries, it is still out of reach for most. Your commitment to sponsoring a young person to university is one of the most effective ways to help raise the standard of living for the people living in the South Luangwa valley.
In many of the schools we work with, it is difficult to provide support and encouragement to children with additional needs.
We try to offer as much assistance as we can, to ensure that every child has a fair chance at a good education, regardless of their capabilities.
We sponsor children to a Zambian school for the deaf, usually as boarding students. We also send visually impaired students to a specialized school for blind students school to help them reach their potential.