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 19, 2015

A Dream Come True...

The dream was laid out by the widows of Chikumbuso about three years ago when they were asked what their hopes and dreams were for the project in the coming years.  The widows had several dreams but one in particular was to have a new seventh grade classroom. Seventh grade in Zambia marks the end of elementary school and is a year where all students must take a written test to see if they can move on to the upper levels of Middle school and then High school. 

This year through the generous gift of two of our volunteers the seventh grade classroom is being built. We are so thrilled that the hearts of the widows are being heard and that dreams do come true.

What we need is help from you in classroom sponsorship. With this gift comes the need for more funds to furnish the room, buy supplies and pay for a new teacher's salary.  Please consider helping us finish up the room and get it ready for our sixth graders when they "move up" and start a new school year in January 2016.

Aug 5, 2015

Needing our Support for Food

New Faces
New Faces

Lately we have been welcoming two grandmothers at the Chikumbuso center who come to ask for support and to be included in the grandmother sponsorship program. They usually come around when they are hungry and ask for food. Up to this point Gertrude has been taking them in and sharing her own food with them.

 Both grandmothers are from Ng’ombe, where our community center is located. Paulina is one of the grandmothers. She had 5 children (3 daughters, 2 sons). The 3 daughters have passed away. One son is married and never visits her. She lives with her last son, who drinks a lot and doesn’t work.

 The other grandmother is called Elesedi. All of her children have passed away but one daughter. She lives with this young daughter and 4 grandchildren (from her other children, who have passed away). The young daughter does piece work (is hired out daily) and with this small amount of money she provides for the 4 children (her nephews) and her mother (Elesedi).

 Grandmothers struggle in Ng’ombe to feed children and care for them because they are unemployable. If you are interested in sponsoring one of these grandmothers the cost is $350/year, a bit less than $30/month. The grandmother receives monthly food allotments, visits from a caregiver, and a mattress and blanket. It will change their lives!

May 20, 2015

Summer Break

Summer is coming! Much like the children here in the United States, kids in Zambia are getting excited for a little time off, even if there are quite a few differences between the two. In the US, kids are getting ready for camp, pools, beach time, and lazy days. In Zambia, many of our students are using their time off to help their moms with the other children, to earn a bit of money to help pay for school, and begging us to let them back in the doors! 

That's right, Chikumbuso is a safe place for our students, full of laughter, friends, and people who love them. They would much rather be at Chikumbuso then out on the streets or in their tiny homes. That's why we continue to open our doors and let them use our amazing library, study center, and playground. 

When you sponsor a classroom at Chikumbuso, you actually are sponsoring a safe, fun, learning environment that lasts far beyond the ten months of school. Please consider supporting our community center by sponsoring a classroom and getting kids to a place they love.

 
   

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