While in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, I helped the local NGO READ BEYOND ZAMBIA to improve their visuality and marketing, hopefully helping them aquiring funding and better financial support. The NGO works with literacy projects in areas where children don’t have regular access to books and reading.
The daily life of most of the families is mostly about earning enough to make their living, and often the children have to help, so they don’t regulary go to school. The BUKU Club organises reading sessions at a communal school in Kalingalinga, Lusaka, every Friday. Communal schools try to give children a possibility to go to school without paying any school fees. Unfortunately, they rarely get any financial support, and most of the teachers are from the community and work for free. The financial struggle makes it almost impossible for them to provide books or other school material for the children.
A visit to one of their reading sessions, made me very happy and surprised. Never before, I’ve seen children getting so happy by reading a book, even though it’s a big challenge for most of them as they often didn’t learn to read in their early childhood.
I like the idea of the BUKU Club. It’s a local project which tries to get support from the local middle class. The idea is that members of the club can choose to support the projects with a monthly subscription of giving a very little amount (approx. worth a package of minced meat).