A year after the devastating floods that left Kilembe valley in terrible shape, the floods were at it again and caused more destruction. There was no consideration that people were still nursing wounds and losses from the previous destruction. We are dealing with nature here and there are things we do not have control over, though man is also known to cause and accelerate certain disasters. The valley is in a much bigger mess than one would imagine. We have no idea when the next floods will hit again (thank God it is a dry season now), and seems like everyone is supposed to leave the valley and make way for redevelopment by the Chinese company that recently entered an agreement with government to mine and process copper in the valley. Eviction notices have been sent out to almost everyone in the valley save for those who have been lucky to get jobs from the new Chinese Company and the indigineous people in the surrounding hills.
While all this is happening, there is no doubt that some people need help and support because life has never been the same since the floods. What is more disturbing is that the organisation is currently going through tough times with our fundraising at its lowest. It is sad to note that we have not had any activity on this project simply becuase we did not have the funds to push us forward. We are however working out ways of overcoming this challenge and we need every support there is. We ask for your continued support.
The community still needs our help and support because of the circumstances and dilema we find ourselves in. We at the Foundation are hopeful and will continue to fight on so that we can achieve our obejectives. We however, will achieve our objective with your support. We are grateful always for the support and do hope that you will continue supporting the project. Thank you always
Close to a year ago, Kilembe mines area was hit by devastating floods that wahsed away homes, took dear lives, destroyed property, seperated families and generally affected peoples lives forever. Like i have said before, it is amazing how time flies and one thing i have noticed is that human nature moves on even after the worst of disasters although it is hard to forget.
As i type, Kilembe mines is preparing for a Chinese company take over and there is some renewed hope that life might come back to normal in this part of the country. The roads and some of the broken bridges have been repaired by the Government although some houses will never stand again.
The hospital is operational although the staff were recently on strike because they had not been paid in months and yet the hospital quarters were the most affected areas. Part of your donations were meant to aid the hospital and am sure any contribution can still make a difference. Much as it is true that the infrastructure is being replaced, the common man and woman, particularly the elderly, women, PWDs, vulnerable and disadvantaged children still need our help. Some need to revive their $50 businesses like selling vegetables, students need scholarstic materials etc
I am very positive we can make a difference with your support. I request that you continue to help us make that difference. We appreciate your support always.
Happy New Year to all of you our donors, friends and well wishers. Thank you for making 2013 possible and we look forward to your continued support.
About 8 months ago, Kilembe Community came to a standstill because of the floods that devastated the area. It is good that the violent floods that devasted the are took place in the early hours of the morning. Had it not been like that, Kilembe Community would have lsot many lives in just a single sweeping.
The floods were terrible, the pictures say it all. Some three people lost their lives and houses were swept away. All these negative consequences had a bearing on people's lives and day today activities. What is most unfortunate is that, it is the less fortunate who were grosssly affected. Like they say, time is the best healer. The survivors have since moved on and with help from different corners of the country, the community is coping again. The hospital is operational but would still do with some help, the schools are open again and the infrastructure like roads, running water and electricity have since been worked on by the government. The challenge however remains, there are people who lost everything and can still benefit from your support. The best example of these are the old women who sell food stuff in the local market and support their families. They need some business capital to get themon their feet again. Kindly help us achieve this objective with your support.
On a brighter note, i have attached two picrures, both showing the same area, one taken immediately after thefloods and the other showing the same area during the road works. There is definitely a ray of hope. It is our sincere hope that you continue to support this project so that we can empower those that were affectd by the deadly floods.
Best Wishes of the New Year once again.
Greetings to all our friends, well wishers and donors. Thank you for your support and we hope you continue supporting our project. It seems like yesterday since the last report came through. I cannot believe that it is three months already.
A lot has been happening since I last posted a report. I am happy to let you know that the government intervened and is doing work on the main infrastructure like the destroyed roads and there is a promise to reconstruct the bridges. The only hospital in the area has since opened with goevrnment support and some well wishers and other than the bare site, where some of the houses stood, life is slowly crawling back to normal.
On the project part, fundraising has been a challenge but we are hopefully that we can persist and hopefully get funds to complete the project. Much as infrastructure is being replaced/reconstructed, it is imperative to note that the common man and woman whose everything was washed away by the runnway floods still needs our help and support. The old woman with a tomato stall in the market whose capital was less than 100 dollars, and which stall is the family business that supports some two to five people, would be happy to be suppoorted and have her tomato stall back.
It is my humble appeal that we join hands and make a difference. Sometimes it does not take much to sustain a life especially in my part of the world. We will be happy to try and get people back to their stalls, get people back to activities that help them support their families. I see old people trying against all means to survive and appreciate that life is a struggle. It is also saddening to see a child drop out of school because their families cannot afford 100 dollars in three months.
We look forward to your continued support. Nothing is too small to make a difference.
It is amazing how time flies. It is hard to believe that three months have gone by since the disaster hit Kilembe mines community. We are only grateful to God for the fact that the destruction happened during broad day light and if it had happened in the night, Many people would have lost lives under the shadow of darkness. Many people lost property and begin to move on from some point.
We were atcively engaged with the community in trying to help those affected by the floods together with other organisations that came out to help. We are now determined to help individual victims/families recover from the shock of the daster and be able to move on. Businesses were wiped out, houses arased down and lives lost. It is in our need that with your assistance, we are able to help some of the victims on how to start or continue with their lives after the disaster. We can do this by giving small start up loans especially to women, organising therapy sessions for those affected and generally helping resettle the flood victims.
We mananged to collect and dtricbute clothes and some food to those who urgently needed them but could not do much given our own limitations. 100 families or more still need help to recover from the disaster. We are counting on your help so that we can make a difference in these affected people's lives.
We certainly are very grateful for your support so far.
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