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).
Feb 25, 2013

Really Reading!

Team Captains for Reading Competition
Team Captains for Reading Competition

 Chikumbuso  School is so blessed with an amazing library that has had so many donors contributing books, furniture, and computers but unfortunately we feel it has been underused by our students. Keep in mind that all of our students are English Language Learners, who have never before had access to so many books or computers. In the past the only reading they had done was the reading provided in their curriculum through short stories in their work books. So students are still learning how to use the library, and how to read for fun. This concept is still pretty foreign to them. I found in the little bit of reading that I did with 5th grade students, that I was impressed with their reading skills, but very disappointed with their comprehension.
Thus, the goals of Chikumbuso readers for 2013 are:

  • To motivate learner's to read outside of the classroom at a level that will challenge the learner;
  • To motivate learners to read different styles of literature;
  • To increase learner's reading comprehension;
  • To increase learner's ability to give grade level appropriate responses to the literature read.
In order to do this we are breaking all the students up into 4 teams where they will be competing to read the most books as a team. Along with reading the book we are requiring that the students give a grade level appropriate response to the book. This could be a verbal retell, a Q/A sheet, a description of a character, a written summary, an answer to a question about a character, setting, or event, etc. We want the students to be working on their reading, and writing skills. Each team will have a team captain (a 5th or 6th grade student) who's job is to build team spirit.
This has already received a great response by teachers and students alike. Please help us to continue moving the library into the hearts and lives of the students by making a donation to our computer lab, library shelves, and equipment. This is beginning to be an intergral part of our education program and is sure to make a huge difference in the lives of these children.
The Competition is On!!!
The Competition is On!!!

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Jan 25, 2013

What better gift for Valentine's Day?

Esnart
Esnart

It is a good thing there are grandmothers in Zambia and in the world today! Imagine life with out them. Who would take the orphans in with arms wide open just to see them cared for and in a home where they felt safe?  The grandmothers sponsored at Chikumbuso are caring for many grandchildren left to them after the death of their own children. They do not have a lot to offer at times other than a safe place off the street and they always struggle to feed these children.

If you would like to give your grandmother a gift this year for Valentine’s Day be sure to consider giving her a rocket stove for a grandmother in need in Zambia.

Our grandmothers cannot say enough about how it has changed their lives.

The other day we visited Esnart, a grandmother with 7 grandchildren.

Esnart has one of our Rocket stoves and loves it. She says,

“ With my rocket stove I no longer need to buy charcoal which is so expensive and with this stove it takes me half the time to cook my meals. I try to cook three times a day so having the stove saves me both time and money. The sticks we use in the stove my grandchildren collect for me around the slum.” 

Won’t you help another grandmother to have this blessing this Valentine’s Day?

Dec 12, 2012

Remembering to do for Others

 

The word Chikumbuso in Nyanja means Remembrance; our mission statement is to '' remember those who died, remember where we came from [poverty] and remember to do for others. In the spirit of Chikumbuso, we are striving to remember to do just that: help others. As a group of women we realize that we are more fortunate than many other women and women in prison in particular. The Chikumbuso women did a survey identifying the situation of the poor and vulnerable groups within the prison walls. From this we were able to identify the major issues affecting female prisoners the most important being very poor health and hygiene, poor diet and HIV / AIDS. One of the biggest issues facing the women prisoners is their menstruation. At Chikumbuso our single moms have been trained to sew menstrual pads. These packets make a difference for these women. Each packet includes five washable menstrual pads, five liners and a plastic lined bag to carry them in. Each woman can keep the packet for approximately six months as they were made to be washable. Our last delivery of 150 packets was over six months ago. Would you please help us in delivering packets again by giving to this project. Each time we go we include soap and underwear with the packet. The ladies at Chikumbuso enjoy giving back to fellow Zambians as well as an afternoon of song and dance with the prisoners.

 
   

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