As the holiday season is upon us, we at Chikumbuso are preparing to celebrate with family and friends, as well as the entire Chikumbuso community - whether here in Zambia or across the sea in the U.S.. We are so grateful for all the folks who make up our circle of love and count our blessings that each of you is in our lives.
During this busy cooking season, our thoughts are with the grandmothers of our project, who continue to cook on open flame in smoky rooms. Fuel efficient stoves are not only safer for them and their grandchildren, they also reduce smoke inhalation, asthma, and other respiratory diseases. In addition, they are much cheaper for the grandmothers to maintain, as they only need small amounts of wood. We hope, in time, to provide each and every one of them with the means to cook healthy (in more ways than one) meals for their grandchildren.
Please consider supporting this project during this time - a time when being reminded of love, community, and meals with family is so important. Blessings to each of you.
One big event we are celebrating in December is the graduation of our sixth graders. The Zambian school schedule means we graduate our kids right before the holidays - a fun time of rejoicing in their achievements. For Chikumbuso leadership, however, it is also a time of worry and financial tightening as we struggle to provide scholarships to all the deserving students. This year, 30 students will be leaving our free school and heading to secondary school. We know that once there, they are some of the highest performers - consistently at the top of their classes. Please consider helping us get these kids into school and keep them there!
But even as we celebrate, we remember those whose lives are less than full, who are missing their families as they sit in prisons across Zambia. And while we can't do much for them, we know we must do what we can. Sanitary napkins and other feminine hygiene products can seem like a drop in the bucket for these women who have lost everything, but we know from speaking with them that these seemingly insignificant gifts show them they are not forgotten. By supporting this project, you are telling these women that while they may have lost their freedom and time with their families this holiday season, they are important and part of a community.
Please consider supporting this project during this time - a time when being reminded of love, community, and thankfulness is so important. Blessings to each of you.