Often, I hear that people don't want to donate to charities because they don't know where the money is going. This time it's different - I will be spending some time throughout June in Livingstone, Zambia volunteering with a community developed kindergarten. Due to Zambia’s rapidly growing population and shortage of government funding and teachers, local communities have informally developed ‘community schools’ to serve the need for education. Most of these schools don't have running water or basic school supplies.
I will be providing extra assistance within pre-schools, nursery schools or day care centres with children aged from 2-10 years old. There is a significant portion of children living under the poverty line in Zambia, many of these children suffer from poor hygiene, inadequate education, insufficient food and little healthcare. Individualised attention and a focus on early development and education are crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty in Zambia.
To ensure there continues to be positive impacts on the children in the school I am specifically volunteering at, I would love to leave either resources (such as pencils, books or even a soccer ball) or a donation that can be invested into much needed areas of the school.
A couple of dollars may not be a lot to us but for those who rely on volunteers and donations, it may change a Childs life.
Upon the completion of my time in Livingstone, I will be donating any funds that have been raised. These funds will go directly to the school itself rather than any third party.
Every little bit counts!