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Home-based education programme
Portfolio / South Luangwa / Home-based education programme
In 2016, the Time + Tide Foundation and the Bauleni Special Needs Project launched a community-based support service for disabled children in Mfuwe.
In remote areas of Zambia, government provisions for handicapped children are limited or non-existent. Accordingly, the Bauleni Special Needs Project, a special needs school and non-profit in Lusaka, designed a model of intervention that relies on the altruism and goodwill of compassionate community members. In this model, volunteer caregivers are trained to offer physical and social support to children with a variety of disabilities, with the aim to help these children acquire the motor functions and other skills necessary to attend school. There are currently 98 children enrolled in the programme along with 72 volunteer caregivers across two of the Mfuwe chiefdoms.
While the caregivers do not receive monetary compensation for this important work, they are rewarded by their interactions with the children and watching these young people grow and develop, despite the rumors that they are incapable of leading so-called 'normal lives'.

By demonstrating kindness and care to families that have been ostracized, the volunteers have earned tremendous respect that will hopefully inspire similar clemency in more Mfuwe residents.