Impact Network's 2016 Year in Review

This year, we created a Virtual Reality experience to bring Impact Network's schools to you.  I Am Because of You is a stunning 360-degree film that allows you to step into a day in the life of Janet, a 10-year-old girl with big dreams.



2016 Year In Review


2016 was a year full of milestones for Impact Network. We could not do this important work without you! These are some of the highlights you helped us achieve:

  • We built three new, much-needed upper primary schools to house our older students at Joel, Mkale, and Zatose, thanks to a generous grant from the Japanese Embassy in Lusaka.
  • We received funding from the German Embassy in Lusaka to create VIP latrines at two of our schools as part of a pilot project to improve hygiene and health outcomes for students. Watch our students performing a poetry slam from the workshop here.
  • We piloted and expanded a Reproductive Health & Life Skills pilot program to better serve students in the Upper Primary Grades.

Building on these successes, we are planning to expand in Eastern Province next year.  Follow our journey here

We continue to rely on your generosity to serve 2,200 students every day in Zambia. Thank you for your continued support and Happy New Year!



Highlights from the Web

Board Members of American Institutes for Research visit Zambia

AIR board members made the long trip to Zambia to visit our schools in May. They were the largest group of visitors yet, and spent three days touring Joel village, observing Impact Network classrooms, and learning about our students.  Read more about the trip in UPenn's press release >


We are so impressed with the humor and maturity of our 6th grade students, who recently completed Impact Network's first class on reproductive health. One class even performed a poetry slam demonstrating what they learned. Check out the video >

Our First Graduating Class!

Mnyaula Community School graduated our first class of grade seven students! Over three dozen students sat for the National Examinations this fall under the guidance of their teacher, Maxwell Mbewe. Read more about the students here >


Chefs for Impact Guests Step Into Zambia with VR at 2016 Gala

We hosted our largest-ever Chefs for Impact gala at the Eventi Hotel, where guests enjoyed a 6-course tasting menu from top NYC chefs and experienced our VR film set in rural Zambia. Check out our article on creating VR in Huffington Post >