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Zambia is inhabited by thousands of orphans and vulnerable children, especially due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. They begin life as victims, with the majority of those surviving turning to crime, drugs and prostitution. Through the OZ Project, Mission Life Center aims to care for the needs of the orphans in Zambia through academic, spiritual, medical, and emotional care. This includes maintaining a preparatory Christian School which will educate and care for the children. Mission Life Center believes that education along with spiritual guidance is the key to a successful future for these children. In so doing, the OZ Project will develop new leaders and build future missionaries of tomorrow by transforming the lives of these children.

Five years ago the OZ Project was started by Mission Life Center which is basedin Washington DC with the sole purpose of supporting orphaned and low incomechildren in Zambia attain the highest possible level of education.One year later, the Saint Abanoub Christian School was started by Fr. AbrahamFam in Lusaka, Zambia. When the doors of the first campus were opened, nearly150 students were waiting to enter and start school.Here in the United States, MLC has continued to support all aspects and effortsundertaken by F. Abraham and the OZ Project staff which have now seen theschool expand from one campus to three campuses, and from 150 students tonearly 600.This summer, MLC is planning three trips to Zambia for volunteers interestedin helping the orphans/students and their families, as well as the OZ Projectinfrastructure. The goal by the end of this summer is to expand each campusby one classroom (33% per campus) and upgrade the facilities to include thingssuch as blackboards, teaching aids, and ceiling fans for ventilation purposes.In March of 2011 a team of senior volunteer coordinators went to Zambia andvisited all three school campus identifying key issues to be addressed. The mostapparent was overcrowding in the classrooms and thus expansion is the highestpriority this summer. On all three campuses, students are split and attend eitheran AM session or PM session. Either session has upwards of 100 students splitinto two classrooms which makes for incredibly cramped quarters.In addition to the school facilities upgrade planned by MLC, the volunteersgoing this summer will be assisting doctors with a community health fair to beconducted on the school grounds sites. These health fairs will be administeredand run in coordination with the Coptic Hospital in Lusaka and will provide meansfor state-side doctors to utilize their talents and abilities in Zambia for the benefitof both the children in the OZ Project Schools and also their families.I (insert name) am very excited about going to Zambia this summer and any andall support: by prayer, by encouragement, and by money are greatly appreciated.While I am nervous, I know everything will be ok and that ultimately the work theLord has prepared for my hands is going to be a blessing in my life. I am lookingforward to working with the MLC volunteers, the OZ Project School children, thelocal Coptic Hospital staff, and of course Fr. Abraham and his team over thecourse of my trip. Keep me and this trip in your prayers please and if you kindlyconsider donating to help off-set my cost, I would greatly appreciate it!


Five years ago the OZ Project was started by Mission Life Center which is based in Washington DC with the sole purpose of supporting orphaned and low income children in Zambia attain the highest possible level of education.

One year later, the Saint Abanoub Christian School was started by Fr. Abraham Fam in Lusaka, Zambia. When the doors of the first campus were opened, nearly 150 students were waiting to enter and start school. Here in the United States, MLC has continued to support all aspects and efforts undertaken by F. Abraham and the OZ Project staff which have now seen the school expand from one campus to three campuses, and from 150 students to nearly 600.

This summer, MLC is planning three trips to Zambia for volunteers interested in helping the orphans/students and their families, as well as the OZ Project infrastructure. The goal by the end of this summer is to expand each campus by one classroom (33% per campus) and upgrade the facilities to include things such as blackboards, teaching aids, and ceiling fans for ventilation purposes.

In March of 2011 a team of senior volunteer coordinators went to Zambia and visited all three school campus identifying key issues to be addressed. The most apparent was overcrowding in the classrooms and thus expansion is the highest priority this summer. On all three campuses, students are split and attend either an AM session or PM session. Either session has upwards of 100 students split into two classrooms which makes for incredibly cramped quarters.

In addition to the school facilities upgrade planned by MLC, the volunteers going this summer will be assisting doctors with a community health fair to be conducted on the school grounds sites. These health fairs will be administered and run in coordination with the Coptic Hospital in Lusaka and will provide means for state-side doctors to utilize their talents and abilities in Zambia for the benefit of both the children in the OZ Project Schools and also their families.

Thank you for visiting this site to help me raise money to fund our mission in Zambia this summer through the Mission Life Center. Your selfless generosity will, no doubt, be blessed and I thank you for your contribution from the bottom of my heart.

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