Posted on June 16, 2017
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“For each child you send to school, that will otherwise have been on the road, you are changing Zambia and investing in its future” (Bishop Nelly Chikwanda)
Zambia is the country where ACT’s work started in Africa in 1998. Nineteen years later, the nation has hosted the second International ACT Convention which took place in Ndola from 7-11 June. The Convention, attended by about 30 delegates representing partners from the 8 African countries where ACT is currently working and from the UK, was a resounding success. Ndola is in the Copperbelt province and is the third city of Zambia.
Addressing the delegates, as well as some of the supported children at the Convention dinner, the member of parliament representing Ndola Central in the Zambian National Assembly, Hon. Emmanuel Mulenga, described ACT as an organisation that is investing in the future of Zambia by helping to change the lives of its weak and vulnerable children. He commended ACT for the good work it is doing in the eight nations of Africa.
“Every 3 minutes a man dies in Zambia. The consequence of this is more widows, fatherless children and orphans plunged into poverty, worries and poor health”
ACT Director, Kunle Onabolu with Hon Mulenga MP and Mrs Mulenga
The aim of the Convention is to bring together ACT partners from the 8 countries to know one another and strengthen the ACT family network. Also, to share their common experience of supporting vulnerable children, orphans and needy widows in their communities, learn from one another and identify best practice. The Convention was a resounding success. Delegates expressed their delight and were pleased to have been able to attend. In line with the goals, the theme of the Convention was “Growing the Family Tree”. #ACTFamilyTree
In Ndola, ACT is working with Hands of Mercy, a part of the New Life Ministries. The first child ACT supported was in Chingola in 1998. ACT has since supported more than three hundred disadvantaged children and orphans across the Copperbelt Province, in Ndola, Mufulira, Solwezi and Kasempa as well as Chingola.
The first International ACT Convention took place seven years ago in Tanga, Tanzania. Delegates agreed that the ACT Convention will take place every three years. The next Convention in 2020 will take place in Webuye, Kenya.
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