By: Kylee Tsuru
Family Legacy has a vision for a prosperous and hopeful NEXT 50 years of Zambia – one that equips the future generations of this nation to bring about positive, long-lasting change. This vision is wholly based on the orphaned children Family Legacy serves, and it is this generation of children who will transform their country.
On March 12, Zambia joined the rest of Africa to celebrate Youth Day, an important political and social holiday which helps the Zambian government show that it supports the next generation of their country. In Lusaka, the celebrations were held at the government complex building in Kamwala, an area of the capital city, where children from various schools, churches and other institutions marched before Zambia’s Vice President, Inonge Wina, and the Minister of Youth Sports, Vincent Mwale.
Forty-two children in Family Legacy’s full-time care who live at the Tree of Life Children’s Village marched in the Youth Day parade.
“I realized life is not all about having a dream only for myself but is about living for something bigger and greater than myself,” 11th grader Ngambo said. “It is about unifying my generation to serve our country.”
The children selected to march in the parade are members of the Cadet Club, an after-school program similar to Boy Scouts of America that focuses on leadership skills, respect for authority and critical thinking. They proudly declared they are the NEXT 50 years of Zambia!
“I felt very proud to be there and represent other children at such a huge national event,” 11th grader Garnet said.