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).
Nov 28, 2016

Christmas break!

As we hunker down this winter in the Northern Hemisphere, in Zambia our students are sweltering. They leave the hot dusty streets of Ngombe and walk with relief into the Chikumbuso compound where we have fresh running water to drink, cool classrooms with lots of windows, and a welcoming atmosphere that reduces temperatures and calms spirits.

It's hard to overestimate how much they will miss coming to Chikumbuso during their Christmas break. The regular meals, the access to internet and books, the camaraderie, the safety. These are things we take for granted, but that are a special relief for our students from the heat and misery that surrounds them. 

By sponsoring a classroom, you are making sure that we continue to be a place of relief and learning. Your support ensures we have the supplies we need to keep educating our kids. We hope you will be a "cool breeze" for our students this year!

Nov 28, 2016

A school year completed!

The students are almost done with their term, the year is coming to a close, and we have accomplished so much this year. We have added a seventh grade class, full of fantastic students. Adding this class is a big deal for our kids. All our top performers are accepted into secondary schools across Ngome and Lusaka, however, they must pay for tuition, supplies, exam fees, uniforms, and more. By adding the seventh grade class, we are able to continue to educate our students and keep them from dropping out due to lack of funds. 

Our seventh graders are some of the top performers in Zambia, and we are justifiably proud of them. By keeping them on campus, we are also making sure they eat at least once a day, that they are surrounded by mentors and those who love them, and that they have the tools needed to study. 

Thanks to your support we make all that happen! We wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Nov 28, 2016

Dignity is in friendship

Picture your grandmother too embarrassed to admit she can't feed herself. Now picture her with four grandchildren living with her. Then picture her living in a small concrete shed, sleeping on the floor, and walking the streets begging every day. This, unfortunately, is how we often find the grandmothers we decide to help. And we can take care of their physical needs: buying them mattresses, charcoal for their stoves, food to cook, clothes for their grandchildren. Unfortunately, we cannot give them their dignity. This must be restored to them by the relationships that surround them. 

Our widows try to do just that by visiting these grandmothers, spending time with them, and reminding them that they matter, that they are loved. These friendships are not easy - the widows often need to travel long distances to see the grandmothers - but they are an important part of the ministry we provide. Without the gift of relationship, these grandmothers might be better fed, or better clothed, but they will still be lonely and struggling. 

Your support allows us to continue to visit these women, to bring food and supplies with us, and to restore, little by little, their dignity. Thank you.

 
   

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