A NEW PROJECT FOR THE ST. PETER CLAVER SOCIETY
The Cardinal Mazombwe Agricultural and Life Skills Centre in Zambia allows 40 young adults, ranging in age from 10 to 21, to grow crops for their own consumption, and to raise funds to put themselves through school. It recently added poultry production and purchased 10 piglets in order to generate money all year round. Similar to Downton Abbey’s decision to save the estate by raising pigs, Mazombwe Farm wants to expand its pig farming and build a structure to house those pigs. The SPCS Committee agreed to pay for the construction of a 12 pen brick pigsty. The estimate for materials, transportation of materials, and one skilled bricklayer, came to $8,760. Two to three orphans, and the Mazombwe caretaker will be trained to help with the brick laying. Now SPCS needs your help to raise the money!
The Mazombwe Farm: In 2002, Chief Mpanshya donated nearly 200 acres to the Lusaka archdiocese in order for Archbishop Mazombwe, later Cardinal, to develop a farm project so that orphans of AIDS might learn to support themselves and provide funding for their education. He also wanted to encourage young people to avoid moving to urban areas where the unemployment rate continues to rise. The farm is about 75 miles from Lusaka, near the Katondwe Catholic Mission Hospital. In 2014, the Archdiocese of Lusaka agreed to provide overall management and monitoring of the farm and students. During the last 13 years, over 100 very poor orphans have benefited from working on the farm by learning basic farming skills and thereby paying for school to become nurses, teachers, electricians, secretaries, business administrators, and priests.
Photos by Anne Jansen, Music by Namvula
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Location: Katondwe, Zambia, Africa