Baby Milk Project
The people of Lukulu in Zambia suffer great deprivations in comparison to the rest of the country. This remote region can only be accessed by one very poorly maintained dirt road spanning 200kms to the nearest tarred surface. The population is currently around 96,000 and the poverty level stands at 98%.
The Baby Milk project was initiated in 2006 when a Zambian medical superintendent at the local hospital requested assistance from the Loreto Sisters to help save the lives of four orphaned babies. Since then, referral from hospital staff, community health workers and community leaders has determined the ongoing need for the project managed by Loreto Sister Patricia Hanvey.
The project has literally helped to save the lives of hundreds of babies who would have had no access to milk formula needed to survive. With 15% of the Zambian population HIV Positive, many babies are unable to be breast-fed by their mothers after the age of 6-months.
- Provide basic nutrition for orphaned, vulnerable or undernourished babies at risk, in the impoverished Lukulu District.
- Enhance the well-being of children in their initial growth, offering a better chance for them to grow stronger and lead healthier lives.
- Support impoverished guardians who do not have the means to provide this support for the babies.
- On average up to 170 babies are assisted by the project each year.
- MWIA donors who have provided ongoing support to this project can see the positive results, as children who first entered the program years ago are now leading happy and healthy lives.
Lukulu Teacher Training
The population of the Lukulu District in the western part of Zambia is approximately 96,000 and is highly dispersed over a wide area with no roads. The district is served by two high schools, 75 primary schools and 25 community schools. The latter are started by communities without access to any other primary education. They are initially staffed by untrained volunteers.
The Lukulu Teacher Training project provides an opportunity for these volunteer teachers to study a three year diploma in Primary Education. They return to the Lukulu/Mitete Districts as trained teachers to support the ongoing development of these community schools.
The Loreto Sisters have been working with these rural community schools since 2006, and along with the Ministry of Education, have constructed classroom blocks and teacher housing, provided in-service and formal teacher training and financial support to untrained teachers to complete Grade 12.
- Children in community schools will be better educated in literacy and numeracy.
- The community schools will prepare primary school children with the academic background to enter secondary schools and ultimately be equipped to contribute to the development of Zambia.
- Previous projects saw all six qualified graduates return to community schools in the Lukulu/Mitete Districts.
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MWIA currently supports two Educational Scholarships and the Children’s Rural Library Program in Vietnam. Ensuring students have the resources and support to complete tertiary education is an important step to creating brighter futures. MWIA is proud of its commitment to the Scholarships which helps young female students attend university.