Sheffield student prepares for trip to help orphans in Zambia

Olivia Jackson, from Mosborough, is preparing to travel to Zambia this summer.
Olivia Jackson, from Mosborough, is preparing to travel to Zambia this summer.
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A Sheffield student is preparing for a once in a lifetime exhibition to help orphans and elderly carers in Zambia.

Olivia Jackson, from Mosborough, will travel to the rural village of Mwandi where she will be part of a team helping to build houses for Aid’s orphans and the elderly carers in the community.

Villagers celebrating the completion of their new home.

Villagers celebrating the completion of their new home.

The 19-year-old, who is in her first year studying medicine at the University of Nottingham, will travel to the African country for three weeks this summer.

The trip, organised by charity Mission Zambia, involves students from University of Nottingham and the University of Sheffield.

Olivia said: “Our help is vital as it is Lozi custom that orphans, who have largely lost both parents due to Aids, are cared for by other elderly family members

“. The Lozi community do not believe in orphanages, and each elderly caregiver can be looking after up to 10 orphans, all living in a single mud hut.

Students on last years mission standing in front of a house they have built for the community.

Students on last years mission standing in front of a house they have built for the community.

“The project was set up three years ago by fellow medical students and it’s aim is to provide a sustainable home and ensure every child in the village has access to education.

“I am passionate about supporting this cause, as I believe that everyone should have access to basic human rights like education and a home - things we all too often take for granted. This project is committed to giving the children of Zambia hope for the future and a better quality of life.

“Over the next few weeks I will be fundraising for this brilliant cause and I would really value the support of local people and businesses in my home city of Sheffield.

“The strong sense of community in Mwandi reminds me of home in Sheffield, so it would be great for one community to help another which is so desperately in need.”

AIDs orphans in the village of Mwandi.

AIDs orphans in the village of Mwandi.

Olivia has offered to write about her trip and feature her sponsors by means of showing her gratitude.

To support Olivia on her Mission Zambia challenge, please get in touch with her directly by emailing oliviajackson95@hotmail.co.uk