This is a community based project assisted by the Catholic parish of Kabwata. It comprises St Lawrence School, St Lawrence Home of Hope, Special Needs School, Home-Based Care Programme, and a Computer Centre.
Over 1,150 pupils from Grade 1 to Grade 9 are provided with free education and the performance of pupils in the Grade 7 and 9 exams is steadily improving. The teachers are now on the government payroll and Trust funds are used to improve the facilities. Recent improvements include rehabilitating the school toilets and showers for disabled children, repairing school desks and library furniture, providing learning materials and book purchases.
The Home of Hope Centre provides accommodation for 50 boys ranging in age from 8 to 14 years. Some boys come into care through the work of the outreach team which find them on the streets of Lusaka, while others are referrals from social welfare and the Police. Some boys attend St Lawrence School but the aim of the centre is to reintegrate the boys with their families. Although about five new boys come to the Home every month since October 2014, more than 40 boys have been reintegrated. A lot of emphasis is placed on the psychological needs of the boys and their families. More care givers are now working with the team including two religious Sisters working as the administrative coordinator and a professional counsellor running individual and group sessions with the boys.
In 2014 their living conditions have been improved. The wooden bunk beds were replaced by solid and strong “triple-deckers” that will last for many years. The dining area was also revamped with new tables and chairs. Funds from the Trust have been used to upgrade the ablution block, assist with the cost of transport involved in tracing boys’ families and reintegrating them, and meeting medical costs for some of the boys. The Special Needs School provides day tuition to 60 pupils with varying disabilities.
The Computer Centre is well used by Grade 8 and 9 pupils and members of the local community.
The Home-Based Care Programme is very active and volunteer counsellors provide support to disadvantaged families in the adjacent Misisi Township.
The association runs projects such as cement block-making, maize milling and car parking to generate some income and provide experience for the boys.