Partners for Life Advancement and Education Promotion (PLAEP)

is a faith based non-profit organisation located in Kitwe, Zambia. The organization started in 2005 to partner with others in addressing the devastating effects of HIV in Kitwe communities and beyond. PLAEP core activities include HIV/Aids prevention services; economic strengthening initiatives for low income communities and individuals, particularly women and girls; livelihood and education support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).

These activities include; HIV/AIDS prevention services through community, school and health centre outreach; formation of community savings and lending groups; running a community school with over 600 children and establishing social enterprises. The inaugural PLAEP board identified HIV/AIDS as a country challenge that needed local attention. This would require the local community to come on board and respond to the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS.

These effects included children left in destitution because of loss of parents, ill health, stigma and discrimination, and alcohol and drug abuse, to name a few. The organization also looked into addressing the pre-disposing factors of HIV in the local communities that include the low uptake of biomedical services, poverty, gender-based violence, and alcohol and drug abuse. In this regard, PLAEP interventions are always integrated, to provide a multi-pronged approach to multi-faceted community challenges. We reach out to improve the lives of vulnerable and deprived individuals in our communities by helping to build incomes, provide education and contribute to reducing the cycle of poverty in families. We invest in undeserved communities through economic empowerment initiatives, education support for low income individuals and health initiatives. 

Plaep Strategic Focus Areas

To reduce poverty amongst households in targeted communities. 

To reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDs, STIs and other sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancies, and abortions amongst adolescents in targeted communities. 

To Reduce infant and maternal mortality rate in PLAEP catchment areas.

To improve school access and quality of education amongst children receiving educational support through PLAEP.

To increase household resilience to the negative effects of climate change on household income and general livelihood.

To Empower communities, women in particular with sustainable livelihood skills to give them access to income, thereby reduce income induced vulnerabilities and poverty at household level. 

To Develop PLAEP’s institutional and financial capacities for sustainability 

Meet the Board

Kennedy Bota

Mr. Kennedy Bota

Partner at William Nyirenda & Company and Law lecturer at the Copperbelt University

Dr. Chewe Kambole

Dr. Chewe Kambole

Lecturer in Civil engineering at the Copperbelt University

Lilian Kalaba

Mrs. Lilian Kalaba

Finance Manager, Proclamation Institute Zambia

Febby Nyirongo

Mrs. Febby Nyirongo

Business Owner (Flavour Foods)

Florence Teete Bota

Mrs Florence Teete Bota

Lecturer, Kitwe College of Education

Prisca Kambole

Mrs Prisca Kambole

PLAEP Executive Director