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 25, 2016

We Are All Cleaned Up!

The month of May started the second quarter of school for our 500 students.
Three hundred and fifty of these students will be at our center's school while the other 150 head off to the chosen secondary schools where they will complete their education funded totally by
Chikumbuso. Did you know that in 2015 100% of our seventh graders passed their exams? We are so proud of each and every one of our students.
When the children returned from their month of vacation they were so surprised at the changes that had taken place at our community center. This is thanks to John who is a volunteer at Chikumbuso and is known as the man who gets things done. New to Lusaka and looking for a place to use his talents John was invited to Chikumbuso as a volunteer.  And with him Chikumbuso hit the jackpot! He has already accomplished so much. The playground has been repaired, our classrooms have been painted, and each of the teachers have supplied John with a "honey do list" which will keep him going for a long time. I told John just seeing his car at the center makes me happy. Knowing there is someone willing to get "things" done makes me smile. How proud all the students should be of their school and thankful to John for making it happen.

When you give through Global Giving you are enabling us to help John buy the materials he needs to get things done. You are also giving students the tools they need to be successful by paying for teacher's salaries, books, school supplies and food. 

Thank you for your kindness.

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May 2, 2016

The World is a Bountiful Place

Gifts!
Gifts!

Educating 500 students is not an easy task.

There are books to buy, shoes to buy, supplies to find, meals to cook. Yet somehow, year by year this happens.

Is this the effort of one? or a few? Not at all.  How does the saying go? "Many hands make light work"

Last month I was in Zambia at the Chikumbuso project welcoming our new Executive Director and catching up on sponsorship. I was only there for two and a half weeks but it seemed to me that every single day someone new was coming to the center to volunteer or drop things off for the community.

On my last day there we received a shipment of boxes coming from the States. This shipment was organized by a woman who has only visited the center twice.  These boxes were packed so neatly and were full of perfectly beautiful school supplies and clothing. Where does this generosity come from? How do we harness that passion found in others who truly want to help and bless those that go without?

It is true Charity: " love, benevolence, good will; that dispostiion of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow men and to do them good".

May 2, 2016

Spring Update on our Grandmothers

Elesedi
Elesedi
Over the past year two grandmothers have been coming to Chikumbuso to ask for  support and be included in the grandmother sponsorship program. They usually come around to ask for food specifically. So far, Gertrude, our school principal, has been welcoming them and sharing her own food with them. Through our sponsorship program we were able to get one of these two sponsored on a monthly basis. 
While I was at Chikumbuso last month I met these grandmothers and I am so pleased to let you know that although only one of them has been sponsored ($350/year) they have continued in their friendship by sharing this food together. They split a 25kg bag of mealie meal, a bottle of oil, salt, and sugar.  What a privilege to help those who do not abandon their friends upon their good fortune but rather share the little that is given to them. 
Paulina knows difficulty and does not want her friend Elesedi to stand on her own. :)
Chikumbuso's motto is to "remember to do for others". Paulina puts it into practice.
 
   

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