% of Target Funds for Smart Choices
Prisca is the president and founding member of the PLAEP (Partners for Life Advancement and Education Promotion) non-profit organization. She was so concerned about poverty, HIV, and education that she established PLAEP in 2004.
Musonda Community School:
PLAEP was instrumental in raising the funds and managing the building project to transform the Musonda Community School into a modern, multi story block and mortar building. It is surrounded by a security wall, has a borehole and two-thousand gallon water tank for clean water and a daily feeding program the kids. Recently they have installed solar power to supply electricity for their computer lab. PLAEP also helps support other community schools in the high-density areas (poverty stricken area) on the outskirts of Kitwe.
Smart Choices AIDS prevention and Discipleship:
PLAEP participates in multiple AIDS awareness and support programs in conjunction with local medical facilities. 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. 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. In 2018-19 Pastor Douglas Chilimbana started a discipleship program and also became part of the Smart Choices teaching team. In 2020 Pastor Douglas was transferred to pastor their church in Solwezi, North West Zambia. He took one of the Smart Choices kits with him so now Smart Choices is being taught in Kitwe and Solwezi.
Community Support Programs:
Cassava Milling and Packaging operation to help with income streams for disadvantaged families.
Sanika Designs Empowering People, Changing Communities by enabling local craft designers an outlet for their apparel creations.
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.
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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