Sunshine Zambia Project
As a first step towards achieving inclusive employment for young people with varying cognitive levels, the Sani Foundation is currently implementing the Sunshine Zambia Project which provides holistic and relevant education and training to prepare adolescents and young adults for employment and independence within their community.
The project uses evidence-based approaches, adapted to the local setting to establish a holistic and relevant education, in which persons with intellectual disabilities are stimulated and aided to create and sell products using recycled materials. The project also profiles each member’s needs, identify their aspirations, talents and skills, and beyond the training, find short term internship experience for members to have a real feel of the employment world before accessing a permanent job or setting up a business concern. Our current training for persons with IDs covers vocational, life, adaptive and social skills and includes lessons in gardening, cooking, crafting, home management, art, drama, physical exercise and life coaching.
Our members produce various products including but not limited to wine bottle crafts, plastic bottle crafts, pet biscuits and organic vegetables and herbs. Our members are trained in different trade skills (production skills: craft-making, cooking, gardening, etc. and selling skills: weighing products, packaging, counting change, etc.) and rotate between different task in order to facilitate the identification of each members work preferences and career aspirations.
Our products are available for purchase at the Sunshine Zambia Centre in Ibex Hill and at public events like the craft markets, flea markets, swap meets, etc.