An important part of the philosophy behind the partnership between Help Ministries Project and its supporters is that of helping the Chibobo Community to become more self sufficient. One way of doing this is through helping the community to acquire new skills that will benefit the community. This is done in 2 main ways – through the access to formal training courses, either on site or at specialist training institutions, and through imparting existing skills and knowledge from visitors to Chibobo, particularly from Overnewton Anglican Community College and St. Mary’s Anglican Church.


Since 2005 a number of teachers and nurses have been trained through funding provided by Overnewton Anglican Community College. The teachers completed a 2 year course at Malcolm Moffat Teacher Training College in nearby Serenje, whilst the nurses needed to travel further afield to receive their training.The person to receive training enter into a contract with Help Ministries Project that requires them to return to the Chibobo Community to work locally (if possible) to help their fellow citizens.
Pride Kalunga, trained through sponsorship from the VIEU.

Nancy Chitafu (right) was trained as a nurse. It is hoped that she & others can work locally, especially in the Chibobo Medical Clinic.

Pelekamoya Chibuye (right photo)  was trained with funds provided by Overnewton College. He was thankful for the opportunity that he was given. He stated “I thank Overnewton for what they have done to me – they have made me a teacher! I am of a quality and I’m productive to the nation, to the community, and to my family and in the work of Jesus Christ.”


This video message from Pride & Pelekamoya talks
about the opportunity that they have been given.



In mid-2009 the carers from the Chibobo & Serenje orphanages undertook a 5 day training course, run by the Zambian Ministry of Community & Development.

They are pictured with their Certificates of Attendance, showing successful completion of the course
The Director of HMP, Mr Staivous Mulumba wrote,

“Therefore, we thank the sponsors for implementing this programme because without funds we would have not been able to train our carers. Your help will actually improve the caring for the orphans at the Orphanage but also in the community as well, since the trained carers will not only  care for orphans who are at the Orphanage but they were instructed to also care for non border Orphans in the community. We shall see some new developments of including Orphans who are non borders to come up with other programmes for helping them. This also has motivated the carers which will have the result of them working hard with self supervision. Again may I thank all who contributed to this programme to make it to happen, may our good Lord grant you more.”


Part of the Mechanics for Serenje & Chibobo project (see separate section in the Projects area) 2 local men are being trained as accredited mechanics at Mechanics for Africa (MFAZ) in Ndola. Acceptance into MFAZ is highly sought after, and trainees receive life skills as well as their technical skills. The mechanics are contracted to return to Chibobo and Serenje to assist in the maintenance of vehicles and equipment at local orphanages, and will eventually work in a commercial workshop, run by a local committee, in Serenje. This will allow them a productive way to earn a living and contribute to the community.
John Chilangwa (centre), who finished his training in 2010, with the Mechanics team Bonaventure Kalunga commenced training at MFAZ in January 2010.

Download a powerpoint presentation on Skills training in the Chibobo Community here.



Overnewton Anglican Community College and St. Mary’s Anglican Church have been involved in the construction of playgrounds at the HMP Orphanage and at Chibobo Basic Schools. Whilst providing much needed facilities for the children, it allowed local men to be trained in building skills and in the safe use of a range of power tools. Many of these tools, provided by HMP supporters, were new to the Chibobo community. The construction of the Basic School playground was overseen by the local Parents & Friends group, with pledges being made to use their skills to maintain the playgrounds for the longer term.
Learning how to use new power tools in 2004. Chibobo Basic School parents mixing paints for the playground.


During trips to Chibobo in 2008 and 2009 by St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Sunbury, Australia, time was taken to teach members of the Chibobo community skills to maintain their bicycles and equipment. Simple vehicle maintenance was also taught so that vehicles would last longer.


Teachers from Overnewton College have used their educational skills to help the teachers from the Chibobo area to learn new skills, complementing these with a range of resources to be used in the local schools. During the 2005 Overnewton trip teacher Margaret Jones put together a 2 day training course, which was well received. Margaret & her team worked with the local teachers to skill each other and learn how to use the resources that were brought from Australia. The team also worked alongside the teachers in their classes.


Over the years HMP and their sponsors have developed contacts with a range of local training institutions – Malcolm Moffat Teacher Training College plus Mechanics for Africa (MFAZ) and Mobile Mission Maintenance (MMM) in Ndola.

Overnewton College aims to establish an ongoing training fund, where Help Ministries Project would nominate a person from the Chibobo community each year to receive training in an area of need. This person would have their training & living expenses covered, and would be contracted to return to the Chibobo community at the end of their training to help the community to progress.

Apart from those course that have already been mentioned, courses include tailoring & dress making, accounting, carpentary & joinery, brickmaking & laying, construction management, accounting plus others.

If you would like to assist with the funding of this initiative, contact Michael Lampard at