Community Internships in Zambia
Tikondane Community Centre
Tucked into Eastern Zambia, one of Southern Africa’s poorest corners, Tikondane Community Centre runs essential services in its local community. These include:
- adult education
- support for HIV carers
- grain distribution during critical food shortages
Tiko was founded by Elke Kroeger-Radcliffe (who is currently the volunteer director), a passionate cross-cultural psychologist, who got a job training the nurses at the nearby St Francis Mission Hospital in Katete in 1993. Read about her fascinating story here: www.tikondane.org/about-us.
RoundTrip is helping 14 young Zambians take part in an internship program at Tiko, where they help provide these crucial services to the local community. Essentially:
- These interns are school leavers with plenty of potential, but lack the resources to continue their education at tertiary level.
- They have little hope of finding a job in this part of Zambia where unemployment is about 80%.
- RoundTrip supplies the interns with a regular monthly allowance, which is often the only cash income they and their families (often numbering more than 10 people) receive.
- RoundTrip also contributes to their study by supplying solar lighting and educational supplies and training.
The internships reflect Tiko’s diverse areas of activity and include areas such as:
- gardening and permaculture
These promising young people receive training in areas such as leadership and financial management as part of their internship. It is hoped that most of the interns will take up management roles at Tiko in the future. All the interns are members of Tiko’s management committee, and already play a leading role in running the organisation. They are on course to become future leaders at Tikondane and within their community.
Meet the interns
Below are 6 interviews with interns that RoundTrip supports. If you want to know who these people are, and how your money is being spent supporting their internship, have a listen:
What we have planned for 2017
We will continue to support Tikondane and its internship program. This is becoming critical as Elke, the volunteer director, is not far from retirement. And when this happens the interns will be expected to take over the day to day running of Tikondane, as well as develop and manage its fundraising strategies.
Complete your journey by getting involved today.