Meet Sheila and Noah, former Sponsor child students that are part of our work experience initiative. In May, Sheila and Noah joined our team in Livingstone, Zambia, and began working on the Youth Insaka programme, working closely with our coordinators and learning all about how our projects are planned, implemented, and run.
Exposure to the world of work opens up more opportunities for young people, helps them build relationships with professionals outside their usual family networks, and it allows them to gain hands-on experience. We developed the work experience initiative to provide opportunities to young people in Livingstone, Zambia. Through our work experience initiative, we are offering Sponsor a Child students who have completed grade 12 a chance to gain work experience. Students participating in this initiative will gain exposure to the different areas of a non-profit organization by working closely with the African Impact Foundation team in Livingstone.
STORY OF SHEILA
Hardworking, determined, and ambitious. Sheila Hamuchemba is 18 years old and lives with her parents and 4 siblings. She has been under the ‘Sponsor a Child programme’ from grade 1 to 12 and completed school in 2021. She passed grade 12 with flying colours which made her very happy because she made her parents and sponsor proud. A month after completing grade 12 she was called by the African Impact Foundation to facilitate on Youth Insaka programme.
“It has now been three months of working with the team and I have learnt a lot. For instance, I have perfected my facilitation skills, improved my writing skills, and gained vast knowledge of Sexual Reproductive Health related issues and life skills. I have been groomed into a confident young lady who is able to make sound decisions and choose pathways out of poverty. I really enjoy teaching the children and some of them are even my peers. I look forward to more exciting challenges and experiences. My future aspirations are to study Economics. I already applied to two universities in Zambia and now waiting for an acceptance letter. I am very grateful to the African impact Foundation for the support which is a rare privilege.” Sheila Hamuchemba
STORY OF NOAH
Young and vibrant, with the determination to achieve his dreams, 21-year-old Noah Kalipi has proven to be a hard-working young man who is ready to learn new life skills and break the cycle of poverty in his community. He believes in the value of education as a stepping stone to success.
Noah has been on the Sponsor a Child programme since he was in grade 10 in 2018. Coming from a family of 8 children, Noah lost his father in the year 2017 which left his widowed mother with the challenge of paying for his education until 2018 when he got on the programme.
He completed high school in 2020 with good results and applied at Eden University under Clinical Medicine. In May 2022, Noah was wholeheartedly accepted to join the work experience placement programme with the foundation as he waited to start studying at university. He was placed under the Youth Insaka programme where he helped with the facilitation of Youth-led discussions in which young people learn about issues related to Education, Health, Wellness, and Gender Equality.