Zambia (Central)

Partner Since Sector Region
MCC 1999 Education Central Province
Program period Beneficiaries    
2012 - 2016 9.820    

Partner 
Mkushi Christian Community (MCC) is a association of churches in the Mkushi district, situated in the central province of the Republic of Zambia. The mission of MCC is to be a blessing to the people in its communities by facilitating church activities as well as development projects. In 1999, the MCC development committee was founded by Kees van der Maas, a Dutch teacher working at Chengelo Boarding School, and Joseph Chikoti, a pastor at MCC. Since then, MCC has worked on 20 projects in the area of education and health.

Program
In the Mkushi District, there are only four high schools for a population of 107,438 (2000 census). Consultation of the Ministry of Education revealed that there is a concrete need for a high school in the Miloso area. Miloso is a central place in the Mkushi district. MCC and WSN aim to develop a Boarding High School, consisting of classroom blocks, staff houses, toilets, dormitories, and a kitchen and dining area. MCC also cooperates with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to improve the health standards in the district. In areas where access to health facilities is not within the minimum distance of 5 kilometers, MCC will construct new health posts or upgrades of existing posts.

Beneficiaries
The beneficiaries of this program are 395 children (for education) and 9.425 children, women, and illness-affected people (for health).

Impact
In the past years, MCC and WSN have build or extended basic schools in the villages around Miloso, thereby increasing the educational range of these schools. The impact of these projects can be seen from the increased need for secondary education.