Chikumbuso is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year and in honor of this milestone the widows and I told stories of the "early days" of the project.
Many of the widows spoke of the time when we bought our center. Chikumbuso used to be a bar and brothel on the outside of Lusaka. It was for sale and God redeemed it. Today it is a school and shelter for 450 children.
"Our hearts were full of prayer and happiness when we bought this old place. Our previous school at the Baptist church was only temporary and it was "hard". If we were chased out of the church what will happen to our school and to our children's education? I saw the bar as permanent even though we were full of doubt. It was a filthy place but when we had to clean it we did it in an exciting way. We sang and danced as if it were a nice place and because of this it has become a beautiful place. No one can understand it. "
Lida was smiling ear to ear as she told this story and finished by informing me that thanks to Chikumbuso her daughter has just completed grade12.
Please consider your donation as it goes to helping so many other children reach their goals.
The month of August brought with it an absence of handprints on our walls as our students are out on their last semester break before the end of the year.It gets quiet and lonely for the widows without the noise of the children and the bustle of the school day. We look forward to them coming back in September, messing up our courtyard and finishing off the school year with a lot of enthusiasm!
Imagine the delight of our sixth graders when they see the progress of the new seventh grade classroom as it comes to completion. They get to stay at Chikumbuso one more year! For them this is a dream come true, it means they are able to do their first round of government exams with us..
Being able to stay at Chikumbuso is a blessing for the kids but for the administration it means that we need to raise more money for supplies, books, furniture and a teacher's salary. Please consider our seventh graders as they go on and our 150 highschoolers who leave Chikumbuso for another school but still count on us for their supplies.
These students are courageous and work hard. Please help them to succeed.
All the growth and joy we find at Chikumbuso would not be there with out your help. Truly, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your generosity.
Many blessings for your September and all the changes it may bring,
The dream was laid out by the widows of Chikumbuso about three years ago when they were asked what their hopes and dreams were for the project in the coming years. The widows had several dreams but one in particular was to have a new seventh grade classroom. Seventh grade in Zambia marks the end of elementary school and is a year where all students must take a written test to see if they can move on to the upper levels of Middle school and then High school.
This year through the generous gift of two of our volunteers the seventh grade classroom is being built. We are so thrilled that the hearts of the widows are being heard and that dreams do come true.
What we need is help from you in classroom sponsorship. With this gift comes the need for more funds to furnish the room, buy supplies and pay for a new teacher's salary. Please consider helping us finish up the room and get it ready for our sixth graders when they "move up" and start a new school year in January 2016.