The Chipakata Children’s Academy in Zambia, Africa, provides a comprehensive primary school education (grades 1-6) for the children of the Chipakata Village community, who previously had to walk more than 7 km (4.3 miles) each way to the nearest school. The school’s curriculum incorporates arts-based education programs, which are central to our mission. The school will also serve orphans and children of need from the local community, who will be provided with necessary full-time housing and care.
The first phase of the project, comprised of an academic building and multiple teacher’s housing structures, recently opened for enrollment in January 2015. Community residents have been key participants in the development and construction process and will continue to actively partner with 14+ Foundation to ensure the project’s long term success, and our facility will serve these local residents through educational programs as well as other important community-based initiatives, including a focus on long-term sustainability using local agricultural methods and other means.
The project also involves providing the community with vital improvements, goods and services. To date we have completed numerous such initiatives including infrastructure improvements (roads, bridges and water wells), increased access to medical care and other services through projects like our community grinding mill (for maize) and a retail shop, which makes basic household goods available with all proceeds going to support direct operational costs and/or used toward other community initiatives. A portion of these proceeds will go toward our micro-financing partnership with Tiyeseko Women’s Club, a newly-formed community group comprised of more than 40 local women who seek to improve their lives and well-being through various income-producing activities under this program.
The organization is currently developing its second project, Mwabwindo School in Mwabwindo Village, Zambia, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open for classes in January 2018.