Chikumbuso students are eager to start up the new school year. They are getting supplies from sponsors, checking out books from the library, and planning the return.
Our school is not only an important place academically for our students, offering wi-fi, computer access, and a quiet place to study. It is also an important social place, where they find friends, mentors, a supportive community that loves them. It is also a place where they access food through our regular lunch program. Given the economic crisis sweeping the Ng'ombe community, this lunch is often the only food the children will eat.
Your donations help ensure that our students continue to have access to a place they love and that supports them through all the challenges the year has brought.
Sep 7, 2020
The Difference is...
By Linda Wilkinson - Founder
Found on the outskirts of Ng’ombe Compound in what was once an old bar and brothel lays Chikumbuso. Remodeled it has become a collective of individuals forming a widely successful integrated grassroots community project.
As a community we have dedicated ourselves over the span of fifteen years to helping one person at a time and have grown from 1 widow to seven and then on to changing thousands of lives. Chikumbuso runs a K-7 school at our community center, educates 150 secondary students, and over 80 collegiate on a yearly basis.
What makes the difference in these students lives is you.
Mercy was a sponsored child at Chikumbuso who went through our K-12 program. Along with an education and a monthly food stipend Mercy gained confidence. Her confidence came in knowing that a woman in America cared about her. Today Mercy is a college graduate and is employed at Chikumbuso as the first grade teacher.
The Difference is... what you do for someone else.
The COVID-19 crisis has hit us hard in Ng'ombe where school has been cancelled and children and their parents are home waiting for what's next.
So far we have been able to keep the students engaged virtually through phones and schoolwork that can be done at home. We have even started a reading competition to keep the kids reading.
We have created a food service to provide the students with the sponsored food deliveries their families count on. And we are checking in with each students as the weeks go by to ensure everyone is doing ok.
Of course in this moment, any donation helps as we try to keep our students safe while also ensuring they don't fall too far behind.