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).
May 12, 2014

Change of curriculum in Zambia

This school year the Zambian government has decided to change the curriculum for schools. Since we follow the curriculum, and since our secondary students all attend government schools, this means we have to purchase a whole new set of books for each student. This cost is quite high and unexpected but something we can't avoid.

Without the books and supplies provided them, our students can't afford to go to school. They depend on the assistance of donors like you to fund their studies. Thanks to your help, we have managed to keep in school all those who want to be there. Please help us to continue to support our incredible scholars as they further their studies. 

May 12, 2014

Cost of living increases

First, thank you! We at Chikumbuso are breathing a huge sigh of relief right now thanks to your help. All across Zambia, the cost of basic goods has increased at an alarming rate. In some cases, prices have doubled for necessities such as wood, charcoal, cornmeal, and more. And while our widows and grandmothers are struggling to get by as their incomes are no longer sufficient to cover their expenses, we can at least find comfort in the fact that they would be much worse off without their fuel efficient stoves. Each woman needs to buy much less firewood in order to cook and heat their homes, which means, especially with winter approaching, they aren't spending as much as many of their neighbors. Wood costs have skyrocketed and therefore each piece is that more precious. 

Please help us to provide these stoves to the other grandmothers in our community so as to help everyone cut costs where they can while continuing to provide for their families.

May 12, 2014

Belita's story

When I visited my sponsored child Belita this year, I brought her some clothes and shoes from the U.S.. She was really happy to receive the clothes but something was off. I asked her if everything was alright and she hesitated before finally admitting that she had gotten her period this year and that she didn't have anything to use during it. I was surprised that I hadn't thought of that, as she is of age, but brought her right over to Mary to buy one of the packs they produce for this project. Belita was so relieved that this wouldn't be an issue anymore for her and I was reminded yet again of how we take for granted the ease of purchase and use of sanitary products here in the U.S.. 

While this project may not be exciting or seem all that critical, it is of huge importance to the young girls and women in Ng'ombe and Zambia. Access to materials that allow them to continue to go to school or work is crucial in helping them create new opportunities for themselves. 

 
   

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