Mark and Lindsay left for Zambia
Start of a Journey. As the sun rose over the Young Africa HUB on 26 September 2016 so too did a bright light over the future of Young Africa as Lindsay Cleary and Mark O’Dwyer left the Young Africa HUB in Harare, Zimbabwe. Brimming with ideas from the recent Young Africa Directors meeting and reassured by the support of their colleagues, they started their journey to Lusaka, Zambia where they are the Directors of Young Africa, Zambia. This marks another important step in the ambitious expansion of Young Africa throughout southern Africa, with a centre in Botswana being established earlier this year. 

Part of Young Africa's Ambition. So far centres in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia have trained over 30,000 youths in employable skills, life skills and entrepreneurship. With pioneers, like Lindsay and Mark, Young Africa’s ambition to train 500,000 youths before 2025 can become a reality.

Mark and Lindsay: pioneering at best. Lindsay and Mark, both from Ireland, first heard about and became involved with Young Africa in 2010 when volunteering for the Irish charity SERVE. Both went on to study at Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Dublin and wholeheartedly believe in youth empowerment. Mark noted that what attracted him to Young Africa was that, by equipping young people with the skills of the hand, heart and mind to be successful in the labour market, it is a development organisation offering ‘the prevention rather than the cure’. In 2014 Lindsay assumed the position of SERVE’s long-term volunteer with Young Africa in Mozambique. Following on from this she moved to Zimbabwe and worked, with Mark, as a Monitoring and Evaluation officer in the Young Africa HUB. It was here where the first plans for Young Africa Zambia came about.

Your Support. Upon moving to Lusaka their first job is to establish an ICDL accredited computer class for youths. They will follow the Young Africa model of integrating life skills and entrepreneurship lessons with these classes. Before leaving for Zambia they have had fruitful meetings with the Computer Society of Zimbabwe and hope to roll out a similar programme in Spring 2017. To ensure that the computer lab is adequately equipped they need the support of the public and have launched a Crowdfunder. To keep up to date with their activities like ‘Young Africa Zambia’ on Facebook and visit our website regularly!

We wish them the best of luck!

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