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).
Aug 22, 2013

Remember that Fourth Grade Teacher?

Mishek
Mishek

Last night I had dinner with 10 lovely women and as I looked around the table I realized that six of the ladies I had invited were teachers. For the most part I love teachers and obviously enjoy the company of these six women in particular. One of the ladies is a fourth grade teacher which inspired each one of us in turn to speak of our own fourth grade teachers and how much they had meant to us.  There is something to be said about elementary teachers, after all, they are the reason that we even made it to middle school!

 Teachers work hard. 

As I think about our 6 teachers at Chikumbuso I am reminded of not only how hard they work but also of the love that they share with these orphans and how much they are loved in return.  Chikumbuso raises money to send these orphans off to middle school and highschool as a gift for their hard work.  Yet I believe our teachers work just as hard if not harder.  In each of our classes at Chikumbuso we have over 40 students. That is forty children in a small classroom. Some of our classes have been split to morning students and afternoon students to bring more focus to the individual student.  That is double the work for a teacher. And then there is all the after school clubs they offer like boyscouts, gospel choir, environmental club, reading club, journalism....

Think about your elementary teachers and thank them by supporting ours. They deserve it. 

Andrew
Andrew

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Aug 22, 2013

Connecting through the Book

Nancy deep in a book
Nancy deep in a book


This past summer a group of about 20 Chikumbuso widows, students, STARY participants and single moms  worked with artist/educator Nancy MacBride  to create one-of-a-kind dolls.The dolls were made from repurposed plastic bottles, found items and paper mache. This is in keeping with our upscale theme at Chikumbuso where we strive to make a difference in our world by making upscaled art (such as our Chikumbuso bags). While Nancy was there she spent some time in our library reading with her sponsored child Maria and her friends as well as a young first grader Enoch who is sponsored by a friend of Nancy's.  Having a quiet place to spend quality time with these kids was such a blessing to Nancy who, as an art teacher in Voluntown, Ct. knows the power behind the book.

Thank you so much for helping us to build and support this beautiful library where life time connections to friends and the world beyond Lusaka can be made.

By the way Nancy will sell the dolls as well as Chikumbuso’s other products at “Art-Is-You Stamford” in October 2013. 

One of the upscale dolls!
One of the upscale dolls!

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Aug 14, 2013

For Want of a Pencil

As Mishek walked along the path one morning on his way to school he came across a teenage boy crying, seemingly returning home from his school.  Mishek, curious, asked the boy what was wrong. He said that he had been turned away from takng the exams at his school for the want of a pencil and eraser. These exams are not allowed to be made up, if you are not there you do not move on in school. 

What is wonderful about this story is that Mishek had received a Math toolbox just a few days before as an Easter gift from his school, Chikumbuso. He opened it up and gave the boy his pencil and eraser to take the exam.

The next day when this boy came to the school to return the pencil Mishek told him to keep it, with a big smile on his face he said, " Here at Chikumbuso we have plenty of pencils!". 

Our students know that they are very fortunate to have a free school where they are not in charge of buying school supplies. Poverty keeps them from being able to do that for themselves. However, your support keeps them in supplies and in school; able to take an exam without worry.  Thank you so much from all of us at Chikumbuso.

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