Makululu community profile
Makululu is the largest shanty compound in Zambia. It is located in the city of Kabwe, a town that once thrived. That was before the mining industry dried up, leaving Kabwe to look more like a ‘ghost town’. Now the main economic activities include trade and seasonal fishing. Residents of Kabwe struggle to survive amidst poverty levels that are alarmingly high, and HIV/AIDS rates that are among the highest in the country.
Children struggle to survive, let alone gain an education. High levels of poverty lead to chronic starvation which affects the children’s motivation and attention in school. Schools attract few qualified teachers because they lack the means to pay them well. The children see only a bleak future, with a poor education system and the sight of friends and relatives succumbing to the tragedy of HIV/AIDS.
In this community of 60,000 people, 24% of the adults are HIV positive and over 1 in 4 children are orphaned. There is only one health centre that services the whole community and they do not have proper drugs to deal with the epidemic. There are 58 churches currently working on projects and caring for those with AIDS, the orphans and the widows.
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