The Preschool Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) class established at the Community Centre has been very successful since its inception. There are another 70 orphans and vunerable children living in the Chainda community currently unable to accces the services as we are limited by financial resources to running one session per day. To maintain the service and increase capacity (2 sessions per day) in the centre, respite and nutritional support additional sources of finance were needed.
Additionally within the Chainda community there is a lack of both employment and training opportunities.
To support this increase in numbers, we initiated the building of a business enterprise units. The plans were drawn up in 2012 (Click to see plans for the business enterprise units) and submitted for planning permission. The plan was to construct the units near the Community Centre. It took 2 years to achieve planning and work began on site in Spring 2014.
Buildings and roofing materials were dispatched from suppliers here in Ireland by shipping container to Lusaka and several volunteers went out in 2014 to roof the building. The local tradesmen of St Theresa’s Parish, Lusaka have continued and the building is now complete. The equipment to furnish the enterprise units is already on site and ready to be installed. When fully operational, the enterprise unit will offer workspace for manufacturing, light industry or office-based businesses ranging from 180 square feet to 1,000 square feet. All these businesses will be revenue making and will offer training courses to local people to help improve their employability.
Watch the video of the construction phase by clicking on the picture below.