Swansea – Siavonga Partnership

The Swansea – Siavonga Partnership is a not for profit partnership between two charitable organisations: Discovery Student Volunteering in Swansea and the Siavonga Nutrition Group based in Siavonga, Zambia.

Swansea_4The partnership, established in 2008 aims to build relationships across different cultures and maximise income generation through sharing experiences and learning, supporting children through education and making the best use of the environment to improve health through nutrition.

The project has received support and funding from Swansea University to enable groups of students to visit Siavonga and work with some of the women’s clubs, primarily in Kabio, Kabilla and Masopme villages. They have also been involved in activities at Namumu Orphanage. This work has developed each year and in February 2013, the Swansea Siavonga – Partnership launched its scholarship scheme at Swansea University. The scholarship scheme aims to support the education of achieving orphaned children that will enable them to fulfil their potential and generate income to sustain their families. At the launch, Pentrehafod School in Swansea presented a cheque to support two children for 2 years at Matuwa School who are part of the Swansea Siavonga Schools Linking Programme.

‘We believe that each child has within them a talent and our objective is to help each child we support to achieve their full potential in life through access to good secondary schools in their communities and where possible to go on to university or other tertiary education, who otherwise would not have the opportunity of education.’

As a partnership, we believe school links between Swansea and Siavonga are a great opportunity for both schools involved, with the following benefits:

  • Increasing young people’s understanding of global issues.
  • A chance to equip young people with skills and knowledge to become active global citizens.
  • Ensuring young people’s commitment to a fairer, more sustainable world.

We are excited about the school links that we have established already and are pleased to confirm that we have been successful in making a Swansea Siavonga school link for Bbakasa Basic school with the Waun Wen Primary School in Swansea. This will be an exciting 3-way link with Projects Now and we are very happy to be part of it and hope that it will develop into substantial benefits for all concerned.