Abana Project - Marymount for Zambia

Conscious of the problems of the needy and marginalized women and children in the world, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary act to address these problems. In 1998, the four RSHM international schools in Europe each adopted and became responsible for the four RSHM missions in Africa. Marymount International School Rome sponsors the missions in Zambia through its Abana Project, thus making our students aware of the RSHM Sisters, their works, and the needs of the children in this country. To help alleviate these problems, students, faculty and families at our School participate in numerous projects, events, and fundraising initiatives in support of the children in Zambia. 

Facts & Figures
Zambia is a country located in southern Africa. It was once a British colony but gained independence on October 24, 1964.

  Zambia        Italy USA
Population (in millions) 17.1 60.6 324.5
Life Expectancy 61.8 83.2 79
Mean Years of Schooling  7 10.2 13.4
Literacy Rate (15 years and up) 83% 98.8% n.a.
Average Annual Income $1,300  $35,299 $54,941

UNDP Human Development Report 2018
The World Bank 2018

Fundraising
The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary run social missions in 14 countries, including four countries in Africa. Marymount International School Rome has been paired with the missions in Zambia and during the last 10 years has raised more than €100,000 as direct aid for these missions.

Abana is the name for Marymount's outreach program to raise funds for the RSHM Missions in Zambia. The name means "children" in Bemba, the language spoken by many people in Zambia. The logo's heart recalls the shape of the country itself in addition to the sacred heart on Marymount's crest. It also stands for caring. The child within the heart represents the fact that the program involves children helping other children and the chalkboard character indicates that our Missions are in support of these special schools and education in general. 

Read about the the Abana Project's Goals here

RSHM Missions

The RSHM Missions run missions in Chivuna, Choma and Lusaka, providing a range of services from education to health care.