Our mission is to inspire Zambian youth, specifically girls, by providing them a violence-free future of choice through education, livelihood training, health services, leadership mentoring, and cultural exchange.
Embracing a strength-based, culturally relevant approach that combines ancestral wisdom, the cultivation of healthy relationships, & access to contemporary resources, Bakashana empowers youth to be leaders in their communities. Bakashana’s primary work involves the support of young women living in rural areas, who have successfully completed their grade 7 education, yet lack the financial or familial resources to attend secondary school (grades 8-12). Bakashana specifically targets young women living near Kasama, the provincial capital of Zambia’s Northern Province. Bakashana is a Bemba word that refers to a young woman. With different emphasis, it also can mean “the dancer.” Our program is dedicated to working with young women from rural areas as they discover the joy of their work, community and life.