Map of the Ndola Resource Center showcasing the agriculture development.

The downward spiral of poverty continues because of three things: unsafe water, malnutrition, and the inability to secure income. In order to bring holistic solutions, health education, vocational training, and business development must also be a part of the approach. Since Seeds of Hope already excels in watersanitation & hygiene trainings and has been named a WET-C Center of Expertise, SoHIP has built a Resource Center in Ndola to address the needs of the community, demonstrate innovative solutions, provide vocational skills classes, provide laboratory access for various types of quality testing, train farmers and entrepreneurs, and serve as a community hub for inspiration, opportunity, and development.

Seeds of Hope has specifically made the Resource Center with a multifaceted, holistic approach, giving tools to address every critical need in a community.  SoHIP offers communities help in several areas so that they can choose the assistance that they most critically need, and then build upon that success with continuing improvements in other areas.  This will give them the tools to develop a healthy community and sustainable development.

Seeds of Hope has already established several modules of the training center with our work in Zambia. We are looking to establish further projects that can complete the total community resource training center. Each training will bring communities one step closer to the long term sustainable development and hope-filled life that is the goal of Seeds of Hope International Partnerships. SoHIP also trains local community members in agriculture and vocational skills at our Community Resource Center in Ndola, Zambia. This Resource Center can easily be duplicated to bring lasting change in other poor communities throughout the world. These efforts are being made so that once successful; this resource center/community development plan can be duplicated throughout Zambia and hopefully other regions in Africa.We believe that bringing safe water stops the downward spiral of poverty in Africa, and that taking an integrated approach to train, equip, and partner for transformation ultimately reverses that spiral.

Through each training module, we seek to be a model of practical resources, demonstrating their use in the community so that the people can see these insights/teaching/technologies in action, learn how they work, and then become trainers themselves to their communities.  The trainings are specifically tailored to reach into communities through training leaders, teachers and care givers – people who already have an established relationship for sharing knowledge with those in their communities.

The vision for the resource center is to equip locals to bring hope and transformation to their communities by being trained in interventions that meet their most critical needs. SoHIP takes a holistic approach to community development, which considers every aspect of community life and invites Zambia to gain skills, support, and knowledge to effectively respond to their needs and bring sustainable solutions.