What we do
The project began in 1997 when Dr Michael Curtis was given a piece of land on the banks of the Zambezi River by the Lozi King in gratitude for his work in local clinics. With his parents, an international school Director and a teacher, he decided to set up an environmentally friendly camp for groups of international students and medical students. ZEEC is now a recognised, registered NGO. It is an educational organisation which works for the benefit of schools and a clinic situated near to the camp. This is not large scale charity work, for that is not the purpose of ZEEC. Rather students who travel to ZEEC are asked to organise fund raising for the schools which they will visit and teach in.
Over the years Sankandi, Kabula and Nakabunze Primarys and Sioma High School have benefited greatly. Their Headteachers, staff and parents believe that our young people’s work greatly enriches the educational opportunities and experiences of local children.
The achievements are many: a library, houses, classrooms, a bore hole, tools, a garden...the list goes on. But the other achievements are of equal importance. Students experience first hand the world behind their lessons and text books. They return having gained an insight which enhances and improves their studies in medicine, economics, trade and development, politics and more. They grow as people and very often these two weeks changes a student's outlook on life.