The Children’s Resource Center (CRC) was created to provide orphaned and vulnerable children with the resources they need to enter society as caring, productive adults. The Center, which sits on over 80 acres of land in Lusaka West, is available to children that have been neglected, are living in the streets or are leading their own households. It gives them an opportunity to be raised in a family setting with caring adults who will mentor and encourage them.
In this environment we can meet their physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs. Each child is raised in a family setting, with house parents and caregivers. We keep siblings together. Each child has access to the following resources:
- Vocational training
- Spiritual development
- Grief and psychosocial counseling
- Opportunities to find and develop individual talents
- Involvement in community service
- Family reunification
As of mid 2019, there are 46 children living onsite and 14 full-time staff who run the CRC & care for the children.
At the CRC, the children attend the school on the property, participate in early morning church education, and attend Sunday services. They help in the center with chores, gardening, cleaning, laundering and cooking. They are also encouraged to make crafts that can be sold to earn them individual money.
The Carol Zulu Primary School is on the same property and all of the center’s children are enrolled in school. For those that have progressed to secondary school, Mothers Without Borders provides bikes so they can make the hour long trip daily before and after school.
Several wells have been dug on the property and water is pumped to the water tower to provide water pressure for the bathrooms and kitchens on the property. In summer 2019 we sent a Drilling Team to dig our most recent well, which provides water to the front 28 acres of the property. All of the children and families have access to kitchens and bathrooms with water pumped into the buildings.
Volunteers, caregivers and the children themselves are always improving the property grounds, including activities like building rooms, clearing land, painting walls, digging drain-away ditches, sanding the water tower, spreading gravel and planting flowers. The property has evolved into a beautiful area which the children call home.