Support RHO Appleseed Community Center~ Zambia

RHO Appleseed is an established Zambian Non profit organization started by Americans, Joy and Ken Hoffman in 2011.  Appleseed serves the housing compound of Bauleni, in the capitol city of Lusaka. Bauleni is an impoverished neighborhood of approximately 25,000 residents. Some residents have electricity, most do not. Some have employment, most do not. There are pit latrines and water boreholes much to close together and illness, hunger and death are all too common.  Among all this, are lovely people who need and deserve services. RHO Appleseed is dedicated to bringing  educational, recreational and general wellness services to our community.

The center is open 6 days a week from 8:00am -8:00pm. The library, media center and play areas are open to any child member between the hours of 8:00am-4:00pm. During this time, children can access academic tutoring , check out library books, learn and play on computers, and play games with friends in a safe environment off the streets of the compound. Additionally, lunch is served to any member in attendance. We serve approximately 50-70 lunches per day.
At 4:00pm, it is time for the children to head home while the Library/Media Center remains open for Secondary and University students to study.

Appleseed Sports Academy is another branch of the center run by Coach Shadreck Mwanza. We have both boys and girls football (soccer) teams, of all ages. Most soccer fields are hard-pack dirt and very hard on equipment. The teams have tournament fees and travel expenses. We do our best to keep them playing.

On the other side of the center is Racheal's Preschool at Appleseed, and Pat's Iron Muscle Gym at Appleseed. These are 2 independent businesses operating at the center. The business owners charge fees for their services, a portion of which goes to RHO Appleseed Community Center.  Racheal's School is highly successful and respected in the community. Pat's Iron Muscle Gym is a new outdoor gym with owner/trainer Patrick Mwaza always on site. Pat's gym that charges monthly and hourly fees.

RHO Appleseed currently employs 9 local Bauleni residents. We are an Appleseed family. The office staff all began as students/members in the very beginning. They have become the perfect people to keep it all gong strong. All staff are long time Appleseed family members.

Depending upon the exchange rate, it costs from $600-$900 USD per month to keep all services up and running.

This GO FUND ME campaign is an effort to raise enough funds for the first half of the year!

Please consider helping to keep this one of a kind service going for another year!

Thank You!

Donations

  • Diane Crawshaw 
    • $50 
    • 9 d
  • Christine Matthies 
    • $50 
    • 10 d
  • Rebecca Hagedorn 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • Lisa Groom 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
  • Cecilia Brumér  
    • $50 
    • 1 mo

Organizer

Joy Hoffman 
Organizer
Georgetown, CA
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