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Prisca is the president and founding member of the PLAEP (Pro-life Advancement and Education Partners) non-profit organization. She was so concerned about poverty, HIV, and education that she established PLAEP in 2004. PLAEP is building a community school and helps support other community schools in the high-density areas (poverty stricken area) on the outskirts of Kitwe. They also manage community savings programs to combat poverty and do everything related to combating HIV. A partnership with Beacon of Hope was a natural next step for PLAEP to combat HIV in the younger generation with the Smart Choices HIV/AIDS prevention program. In 2014 we trained about thirty plus young people in our program. A number of them are volunteer teachers at the community schools and some of that group is continuing to teach Smart Choices. PLAEP operates two Smart Choices teams. The second team is managed by Munyimwa Tembo and he does all of the progress reports for the Smart Choices programs. Prisca is an extraordinary organizer with a lot of connections. Her husband, Chewe is professor at a University in Kitwe. Prisca and Chewe are members of the Riverside church, which is very close to the high-density area. While visiting Riverside church for a Sunday service, it happened to be youth day and Chewe Jr., Prisca’s son was preaching his first sermon. He did a great job. One of the main challenges that Prisca and Munyimwa had to deal with was to get the Smart Choices program accepted by the education department so that they could teach it in the government schools. It was slow and complicated process but it looks like they have successfully accomplished that task.
The main challenge now is to get the necessary funding necessary to continue the teaching in the schools and perhaps to get one person other than herself to head up the program, because of her other responsibilities. The unemployment rate in Zambia is very high as in other African countries. Please remember Prisca in prayer, but rest assured if she says she will do something, it will get accomplished.
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