The month of August brought with it an absence of handprints on our walls as our students are out on their last semester break before the end of the year.It gets quiet and lonely for the widows without the noise of the children and the bustle of the school day. We look forward to them coming back in September, messing up our courtyard and finishing off the school year with a lot of enthusiasm!
Imagine the delight of our sixth graders when they see the progress of the new seventh grade classroom as it comes to completion. They get to stay at Chikumbuso one more year! For them this is a dream come true, it means they are able to do their first round of government exams with us..
Being able to stay at Chikumbuso is a blessing for the kids but for the administration it means that we need to raise more money for supplies, books, furniture and a teacher's salary. Please consider our seventh graders as they go on and our 150 highschoolers who leave Chikumbuso for another school but still count on us for their supplies.
These students are courageous and work hard. Please help them to succeed.
All the growth and joy we find at Chikumbuso would not be there with out your help. Truly, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your generosity.
Many blessings for your September and all the changes it may bring,
The dream was laid out by the widows of Chikumbuso about three years ago when they were asked what their hopes and dreams were for the project in the coming years. The widows had several dreams but one in particular was to have a new seventh grade classroom. Seventh grade in Zambia marks the end of elementary school and is a year where all students must take a written test to see if they can move on to the upper levels of Middle school and then High school.
This year through the generous gift of two of our volunteers the seventh grade classroom is being built. We are so thrilled that the hearts of the widows are being heard and that dreams do come true.
What we need is help from you in classroom sponsorship. With this gift comes the need for more funds to furnish the room, buy supplies and pay for a new teacher's salary. Please consider helping us finish up the room and get it ready for our sixth graders when they "move up" and start a new school year in January 2016.
Lately we have been welcoming two grandmothers at the Chikumbuso center who come to ask for support and to be included in the grandmother sponsorship program. They usually come around when they are hungry and ask for food. Up to this point Gertrude has been taking them in and sharing her own food with them.
Both grandmothers are from Ng’ombe, where our community center is located. Paulina is one of the grandmothers. She had 5 children (3 daughters, 2 sons). The 3 daughters have passed away. One son is married and never visits her. She lives with her last son, who drinks a lot and doesn’t work.
The other grandmother is called Elesedi. All of her children have passed away but one daughter. She lives with this young daughter and 4 grandchildren (from her other children, who have passed away). The young daughter does piece work (is hired out daily) and with this small amount of money she provides for the 4 children (her nephews) and her mother (Elesedi).
Grandmothers struggle in Ng’ombe to feed children and care for them because they are unemployable. If you are interested in sponsoring one of these grandmothers the cost is $350/year, a bit less than $30/month. The grandmother receives monthly food allotments, visits from a caregiver, and a mattress and blanket. It will change their lives!