At one o'clock on Thursday I decided to go and visit some of our sponsored grandmothers to see how they were getting along. There is no doubt in my mind that these grandmothers struggle everyday to provide for the grandchildren left in their care. Yet everyday they get up and do what they must so that the children can eat.
On one of my visits I came across Lunonga. Lunonga was thrilled to see me coming and to have a chance to share her needs with me. Almost immediately she pulled out her old blanket to show me the holes that have stolen its warmth. July is the peak of the cold season here in Lusaka, I wondered aloud how she could possibly stay warm.
"I have my stove" she says proudly.
Lunonga continues to use her stove twice a day. Either she will collect the wood herself or sometimes her great grandchildren will do it for her. The stove is not for her alone. She shares it with her granddaughter and her family. The biggest problem she faces is that many people are using the same stove so it gets more and more difficult for her to find scraps of firewood within the slum. Other than that her stove is her life line; for warmth, food, and hot water.
Lunonga wanted me to be sure to thank you for your kindness in helping her life become just that much easier.
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