HANDS AROUND THE WORLD

HANDS AROUND THE WORLD seeks to help vulnerable children around the world, encouraging enthusiastic and well-prepared volunteers to offer practical help, skill-sharing, support and friendship.
Mar 14, 2017

March 2017 Update

The Mnukwa Youth Training centre has settled down well and Hands Around the World have agreed to continue to fund Wilson who manages the THREE classrooms with his wife and lives in the on site house built by HATW. A recent visit by John Hunt was reassuring and John and his team helped tidy up the area and give some advise on how to maintain the area more efficiently.

We are looking forward to HATW’s founder David Steiner visiting towards the end of the month as it will be his first such visit since setting the whole project in motion in 2010. We are also eagerly awaiting the delivery of extra sewing machines and some knitting machines. The latter will mean that there will have to be some training programmes put in place but the long term benefits should be very exciting.

With regular classes being run in both the carpentry and sewing rooms the programme still needs time to settle and for the next steps to be decided upon and then taken.

Mar 13, 2017

March 2017 Update

Village Chicken
Village Chicken

The local management is fighting hard to make the project largely self-sufficient.

They are producing 150 chickens each month to provide a regular income flow. The piggery is growing rapidly. Until the pigs are ready for sale this presents a financial challenge, but soon the piggery should make a significant contribution to the income at the centre. Some maize and sunflower seeds were planted at the end of last year. Fortunately the rain this season has been good – so a reasonable harvest is expected this year.

However the main objective of the project is to enable teenagers to have a better future. A new programme has been started to improve literacy in the community. 22 young people are benefitting from this new initiative.

The tailoring course has been extended to include embroidery and knitting. Some of the former students will be engaged in knitting school jumpers.

The project still has many challenges. The management would like to provide more computer training, but more funds are needed to buy equipment.

It is good to see new initiatives taken by our partners at Kaliyangile.

Your continued support is very much appreciated, Thank You.

Kaliyangile
Kaliyangile
Mar 8, 2017

Inspirational People

Some of the lovely children at PIZZ
Some of the lovely children at PIZZ

Once in a while in life one meets a truly inspirational human being. I have been privileged to meet several such people in the few weeks that I have been in Monze, Zambia. The two who stand out are Veronica Sianga - the founder and General Manager of PIZZ School and her husband Stephen Sianga, she is a retired nurse and he is a farmer  - they are both in their sixties.

Mrs Sianga worked at the local hospital and latterly was the Community AIDS Outreach Co-ordinator, a role which combined nursing and social work skills. In the dark days before Africa had access to HIV drugs, AIDS had an even more devastating effect than it has in 2017. Mrs Sianga was so moved by the plight not only of those infected by HIV, but also by the vulnerability of the orphans created by this disease, that she has determined to devote as many years as she is able to providing a support system for these families, most especially for the children, on whom the future of Zambia depends. Her husband is completely behind her, and also gives selflessly to improve the lot of the orphaned and vulnerable children in their community.

Since about 2005, HATW has been working with the Siangas, ably assisted by Chris Barrell our project co-ordinator who visits Monze annually. Over the years, the Siangas' vision has become our shared vision - to provide food, education, counselling and hope to an increasing number of children. What began as a drop-in youth club and a weekly open-house in their home offering whatever support was within their means, has become a thriving school and support centre which is providing brighter futures and is much valued by local people.

We met some of the school pupils yesterday and heard their stories - it was hard to hold back the tears because each tale of bereavement, neglect or abuse was further compounded by poverty and malnutrition. It is impossible to overstate the difference that PIZZ School has made to the lives of these children. Mrs Sianga knows and cares for each of them as individuals; the teachers are talented and dedicated despite working with very limited resources and low salaries. The volunteer care-givers, who often struggle themselves, are absolute gems too.

You, our supporters, are also a part of this team. Those of you who contribute to the PIZZ Lunchbox scheme help to feed these children, and our child sponsors support care and education. More than that though, you give value and self-esteem to these beautiful boys and girls who are so happy to know that you care enough about them to share what you have. If you could visit PIZZ school, and I hope that some day you might, then you would know this through the big smiles of some and the quiet connection with others. Meanwhile, all I can do is say “thank you” - never doubt that you make a difference, you are doing that every day.

 

 
   

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