At the end of the school year in the United States, mothers find pencil nubs, half used notebooks, one sneaker from gym class, and countless half eaten granola bars in their children's backpacks.
Not so at Chikumbuso! Our secondary school students scrimp and save and literally beg for the money to buy school supplies and food. They use their pencils till they're unable to hold them, they use the back and front of their notebook paper, and they are so grateful for any meals we are able to provide them.
Please take a moment to realize how fortunate you are to have access to school supplies and nourishment and think about giving the same abundance to some of our incredible students. These kids are the best of the best at Chikumbuso and they need all the help they can get!
Winter is coming and our grandmothers will soon have to deal with low temperatures and lots kids running around. They often sit outside, wrapped in blankets, with other women from their community to chat and give each other support.
That's why the widows of Chikumbuso are so appreciated. They not only visit the grandmothers to give them food and supplies, but they take the time to visit with them, to inquire about their health, and to listen to their stories. Companionship and love are just as important to our grandmothers as the wood to warm their houses.
As the summer months come along, and as you sit in the shade outside your house enjoying the cool, think of our grandmothers, halfway around the world, keeping warm because of your support.
It takes a very big village to support a school of 350 students and in particular a classrom for 50 children. We never anticipated such growth ten years ago when we reached out to 30 children orphaned by AIDS ranging from 5 years old to 14. Our school has grown by leaps and bounds and now we have a K-6 school with lots and lots of children attending free of charge. Your support helps us to keep the project going and to ensure that these children not only stay in school but have the materials and curriculum they need to be successful.
Jeremiah is one of our students. He walks half an hour to Chikumbuso everyday. He says he would not miss a day of school because there is so much that Chikumbuso does for him. Jeremiah appreciates that his school is free, his lunch is free and the books in the library are free to be loaned out. The teachers care to make sure that everyone is learning and understands the material. He wants to be a firefighter when he grows up. Help us ensure Jeremiah's education by sponsoring a class. Your help will encourage many students to succeed in school.