Livingstone is a tourist town in Zambia, with Victoria Falls being one of its greatest contributors to employment and tourism. Open Schools Worldwide works at compounds in high density areas just outside the city. Many of the children there are unable to afford any formal education. Our dedicated volunteers work tirelessly, yet joyfully, to touch and transform the lives of children in these communities through our educational program at 7 villages in Livingstone.
Lusaka – Misisi Compound
Misisi Compound is a high density area in the heart of the city of Lusaka, Zambia. It doesn’t have any formal schools, but has a number of low income housing facilities, and two garbage dumps. Coal trading is one of the main business activities here. Thousands of children are marginalised and do not attend any school.
Local churches have taken on the responsibility to educate the children at Misisi Compound, which leads to overcrowding at their facilities. Many children attend church schools just so that they can receive a meal.
Open School Worldwide staff/partners care for and teach children between 5-18 years of age. A majority of them are teenage girls and boys from the streets, who are dropouts and do not know how to read and write, but have a deep desire to be educated, despite their age and social economic challenges.