SSAAP is currently accepting applications for the 2017 school year in Zambia, and has funding for
•School Sponsorship Program (grades 1-7): With education in the forefront of success,
SSAAP’s goal is to create a foundation of helping children to finish grade twelve wherever
possible. SSAAP is currently sponsoring a young girl to finish grade twelve. Donations specific
to this cause will be used in payment of: school fees, uniforms and school supplies. Cost per year
for a child to attend school in rural Simwatachela, Zambia is $20 USD (100,000 Zambian Kwacha)
per year. Students receiving the sponsorship will be required to obtain a passing mark in school
(documented via report card) and show enthusiasm about attending school.
•Pen-Friendship Exchange Program: The idea of a pen pal is an old idea, tried and true. SSAAP is working to unite children from three schools in Simwatachela: Mukamba School, Jokwe School and Sibooli School to Stanley British Primary School in Denver, Colorado. Students will work with this program via letter-writing and thus will correspond with a student of similar age and interest from across the world. Please note that this program is open to any school in the U.S. with a desire to learn more about the students, culture and customs of Sierra Leone or Zambia! Please contact SSAAP if your school wishes to participate in this program.
The following excerpt is from a student who was touched by her pen friend in Simwatachela, Zambia. In fact, this interaction inspired her to begin the Stanley British Primary School
water filter project:
"In 2009, my classmates and I started working with SSAAP and began a pen pal program with a school in Simwatachella. My pen pal told me in a letter that her life goal is to become a nurse.
“Without education, you are a nothing,” she explained. Many of the students in Simwatachela
explained in their letters how important education is to them. I had heard the devastating facts
about the world water crisis, but never did I think it would become so close to me. After finding
out that the main water source in Simwatachella was a simple dug well, often with floating rats in
it, I knew as a class we had to make a difference. It soon became very apparent that although the
residents of Simwatachela highly value education, they were unable to achieve their goals due to
a lack of clean water. In 2011, I founded the Stanley BPS Water Project. Our mission is to provide
clean water to those in need while educating students in the United States in philanthropy, science
and the health effects of unsanitary water. By presenting to businesses in the Denver metro area,
we have been able to provide five schools in Simwatachela with a LifeSaver Jerry Can, giving them clean water. Each of the filters is chained to a school in Simwatachela in order to encourage more students to go to school and bring home clean water to their families."
~ Grace Romer, April 2013
SSAAP also has a secondary school sponsorship program for young mothers to continue school
in Sierra Leone and is attempting to open a similar program in Zambia, beginning in 2017.
In Sierra Leone, it is widely-accepted within the culture for girls aged 14-17 to become
pregnant, leave school, give birth, and return to school while their mothers take care of
the infants. There is no stigma attached to this in Sierra Leone. However, in Zambia, much
shame was associated with returning to school as a young mother and it was quite uncommon
for a young mother to continue school with a newborn at home. At this time, things have
changed a bit and a few girls who are young mothers (age 15) have approached SSAAP requesting help to continue school as their parents refuse to support them and the fathers of their
children are too young to have funds in which to educate. SSAAP is currently assessing whether
a program similar to the one it runs in Sierra Leone for secondary school-aged mothers could
be implemented in Zambia, in an effort to combat the violence of poverty as well as to resist
the creative and mischievous methods in which child slavery and prostitution attempt to disclose
themselves in these parts of the world.