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

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.

Aug 19, 2016

A Constant Joy

When one visits Chikumbuso there is little doubt that it is an amazing community project. It includes 500 students who would not otherwise be in school. It has a feeding program for over 500/day, a library, sewing room filled with young moms, and 30 widows who sing together in harmony while earning a living making bags.

What keeps us moving forward?  You do. One of the most important aspects of this ongoing work is you and our sponsorship program.

The following note comes from a woman in Pennsylvania who sponsors at Chikumbuso.

My friend, my 12 year old son, and I just recently returned from Lusaka, Zambia and a wonderful visit to Chikumbuso.  This was my 3rd visit to Chikumbuso.  My first visit was in 2012 where I met a 10 year old boy and got to know him.  I returned in 2013 and found out he was not sponsored, and was thrilled to be able to sponsor him.  He is now 14 years old and we surprised him with a visit this summer.  What a joy to see his shocked face as he walked into the room and saw me there.  That hug when I first saw him and the reception I got from him was the highlight of my trip.  He loved meeting my 12 year old son and we spent time with him that I will cherish forever.  He is an amazing young man with so much potential and I am thrilled to know that Chikumbuso and his teacher are giving him the opportunity to not only get an education, but to help him reach his dreams.  He would like to be a clinic doctor or a teacher just like his teacher at Chikumbuso and because of the opportunity that Chikumbuso offers, he has a chance to fulfill his dreams.  Thank you, Chikumubso for changing lives!!  Michelle Halter

Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful work.

Sincerely,

Linda

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Aug 3, 2016

A House that Crumbles...

 I remember back when Chikumbuso consisted of nothing more than 8 widows struggling to find an enterprise that would change their lives. One day, Beauty and I drove past a very old woman sitting on a pile of rocks. In her right hand was a hammer and in her left was a rock that she was about to smash into pieces.  She was sitting in the shade of a large tree that unfortunately did not protect her from the heat of the day.  I was shocked. Such an old lady obliged to smash rocks, I could not help but think of my grandmother or great aunt doing the same. 

This is not the story of one grandmother it is the story of many grandmothers who lose their children to AIDS. They inherit their grandchildren and have no manner of support for them.  Many sit on a pile of rocks working all day for perhaps $1 or $2 if they are lucky and this story is why we started our grandmother project. We might not be able to relieve them from a crumbled home where they sit recycling the cement rocks but we do lighten their load through food allotments and health care. 

Mary is one of our grandmothers. She is lame and was given a wheelchair by her church. Her home crumbled around her last year so Chikumbuso recently rebuilt it. Only one of Mary's children is alive and Mary cares for four grandchildren. There is nothing she can do to help herself but she is commited to loving her grandchildren.  Your gift will help us continue to help her and other grandmothers like her.

 
   

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