Chikumbuso

Chikumbuso means "Remembrance" our mission statement is to remember those who died (both family and friends), to remember where we came from (a place of poverty and hunger) and to remember to do for others (give back to the community).
May 23, 2013

Wherever You Live

As a community of women at Chikumbuso Project we are commited to helping other women no matter where they are living. And that could mean prison. The word "Chikumbuso" means to remember and our women are champions as they remember to do for others even if it is out of the poverty. They visit the elderly, shut ins, those sick in the clinic and each year we visit the prisons in Lusaka to give back to these women who have nothing. Nothing at all.

Through your contribution in giving dignity to women prisoners the ladies at Chikumbuso can reach out even more people. Let our ladies be your feet and hands.

Thank you so much.

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May 23, 2013

An Ongoing Challenge

Lions, Tigers, and Bears Oh My!

Pens, Pencils and Books, Oh My!

Backpacks, Uniforms and Shoes, Oh My!

 

This is what I think every end of December when it is time once again to buy supplies and get our 150 students ready for the new school year which starts in January.  The Chikumbuso Project has made every effort to commit to sending our 6th grade graduates on to Secondary Education. Not easy especially as our classroom sizes at Chikumbuso have grown considerably since we began in 2004. We started with 30 children in grades 1-4 and now we have 350 in grades 1-6. 

Please consider helping us with the costs of school supplies. Just as our student population has grown so has the cost of materials in Zambia. Many of our students, if asked to buy there own supplies, would have to drop out of school. We want to keep them in and give them a chance on a new life.

Thanks so much,

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May 23, 2013

A Place to Call Home

I am very pleased to announce the Chikumbuso Projects's Off-Site Safe Haven has been opened!  Yay!

This past Friday afternoon with much singing, dancing, laughter and tears, three girls were 'brought home' to live in the Safe Haven.

We have taken in three girls for the time being. Girls that have been with Chikumbuso for several years now and one who is receiving a scholarship for Secondary School.

The girl in secondary school is Tiyankenji.  On Friday, the ladies took very special care in praying for Tiyankenji - they each remembered her mother and their promises to care for Tiyankenji when she died.  They spoke to her about how her grandmother had placed her in 'our hands' to see to her education and how now it is up to her to receive this blessing and grab hold of God's blessing and not let anything get in her way.  There were many tears as each of the ladies shared their bits of advice and love.

Patricia is a single orphan, 15, and in Grade 4.  When she first came to Chikumbuso two years ago,at age 13, she barely knew how to read.  With the help she's been receiving she is reading but will definitely need the additional help that being in this program will provide.

Nyangu is 15 and in Grade 5.  Nyangu struggles and has been kept out of school to watch babies and go find money for the family to eat.  This safehaven is a real life line to Nyangu giving her a hope for the future and the ability to stay in school and focus on her studies. 

Your donations providing for Secondary Education keeps girls just like these three on track and hoping for something more out of life. Thank you so much for making this difference.

Blessings

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