SOS FS beneficiary impacting his community

13-Feb-2020 | News | Petronella Chindumba

“Some leaders are made as for him he is born one”. When you see him, he will tell you a story and it will leave you thinking were he gets such wisdom as a young man. “Very determined young man and there is no dull moment around him”. He is only 22 and already a leader. He was once a Family Strengthening beneficially together with his family until 2018 when his family was exited on the programme. He is a co-founder member for a foundation called Mapalo Communty Support Foundation which has been in existence since 2018 and has continued to grow with an active membership of 14 young people. The foundation’s mandate is to address the many challenges in chazanga community through advocacy work for children and young people living with a disability and providing education support and food supplements. The foundation gone further to adopt a special unit class under Highland Secondary School were some of the children and young people attend school. They provide food supplements to the children and young people from its membership donations and from well-wishers. They have sensitised parents in the community on the need to allow their children with any disability to attend school and allow them to live life to the full instead of hiding them in the house. This has made the special unit class at Highland School to reach its full capacity as more and more parents have risen to the challenge by the foundation and taken their disabled children for school.

In 2019 he applied for an SOS International Youth bootcamp competition which is slated for March, 2020 in Greece. Out of a total of 157 applicants Mapalo Foundation was picked among the total 15 that will attend the Youth Bootcamp from 11th to 13th of March, 2020 in Athens, Greece. This is a fully funded opportunity for the young person and he will get to attend it together with his co-female founder and one SOS Lusaka Zambia staff. “He is aiming for the sky and I know he will reach it soon because his courage and determination is just way beyond comprehension”.

 


Petronella Chindumba
Brand and Communications