Students help craft Zambia’s ‘next generation’


Five students are striving to help create the “next generation” of Zambia.

In an effort to improve the lives of orphans in Zambia, the group is raising money to put toward the creation of a house and a school.

Their goal? $160,000.

Juniors Pat Hollinger, Jessica Nailor, Mackenzie Carmichael, Kelsey Werner and Sawyer Martin incorporated this ambition into their BNSF Next Generation Leadership Program project with the Neeley School of Business.

In alignment with the goal of Next Gen—to create leaders in the business community—the children of Zambia are passionate about learning and transforming their country.

Family Legacy Missions International is a nonprofit that helps shape the lives of the future leaders of Zambia, from providing children a home in their Tree of Life Children’s Village to an education at one of the organization’s schools.

After making a few trips to Zambia with Family Legacy and being exposed to the country’s poor conditions, Hollinger, a finance major, said he was compelled to do something for the children.

The group was determined to develop a project that remains impactful, not only in Zambia but also at TCU.

Next 50 House

The group based their project on Family Legacy’s current “Next 50” campaign Nailor, a marketing major, said.

Because this year marks Zambia’s 50th year of independence, Nailor said they wanted their house to remind children that they have the power to change the next 50 years of Zambia’s future.

“They will grow up to be educated members of society,” she said. “The doctors, lawyers, scientists.”

This campaign helped the group formulate a name for their house: the Next 50 House.

The students need to raise $110,000 for the construction of the house, which will be the home for several of Family Legacy’s older children in Zambia. The group is also hoping to raise an additional $50,000 for an eighth-grade classroom.

“We thought this would be a great fit as the kids who would be benefitting are close in age to us,” Nailor said.

Family Legacy works really hard to do everything they can for these kids, but “the need is immense,” which is why Nailor said her group decided to partner with the organization.

The five students are obtaining funds through ongoing fundraising with Go Rings. In addition to this, the group is hosting a benefit concert Tuesday in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom to raise money for their initiative.

If all goes as planned, the group will have the opportunity to travel to Zambia in December 2015 to help furnish the house and move the children in, Nailor said.

“I’m looking forward to getting to see firsthand everything we’ve been working on and getting to meet the kids who are really going to be affected by the house,” Nailor said. “Just seeing the tangible difference it has made in their lives.”