Yesterday Beauty took me out on one of her visits to see a grandmother in need.
When we arrived Magadalena was sleeping on her veranda on a grass mat at the front of her house.
Beauty stirred her sleep with a pat on the back. "Mbuya (grandmother) we are here to see you."
We entered her clean tidy house and sat on furniture from earlier, better times.
I was there to hear her story and to see how Chikumbuso could help her.
Magdalena was born in 1931. She was married with 9 children, her husband worked at Lusaka airport and life was okay for a while until the AIDS epidemic. Now Magadelena is a widow with four children and her only son is very ill.
She lives in Ngombe in the house of her deceased son and cares for three grandsons, or they care for her.
Today there is no food in her house. I ask her what she dreams about and she tells me she only dreams of dying. She wakes and asks God if today will be the day. Other than that she only thinks of food.
Beauty and I go and buy her an assortment of foods, soaps, and charcoal and take it to her where she dances in delight at the feast before her.
"Today I will not sleep! I will just eat and eat!" she tells me.
As we return to Chikumbuso, Beauty reminds me of just how many grandmothers there are in Ng'ombe all with the same dream. Please help us to reach out to these women.
As part of our reworking of our fundraising objectives, we are going to be combining this project with our Secondary School Sponsorship project. The 150 secondary school students that we fund are in need of sponsorship for their education, as well as provided school supplies. By combining the two projects we hope to encourage full sponsorship of each child, which will provide them not only with schooling, but also with monthly supplies for their home such as food. Thank you for all of your donations to this project, and please make sure to check out our new more stream-lined fundraising goals!
Our seamstress Mary was able to create enough Comfort Kits that when she visited our local prison, each incarcerated woman received one! These women are now provided a little bit of comfort during their sentence, and know that Chikumbuso is keeping them in mind and cares about them. Now that we have reached our objective for this project, we are going to deactivate it. Thank you so much to everybody that donated to our goal, and we hope that you will continue to keep Chikumbuso in mind for future donations! We have updated our fundraising page, with our new needs and goals, so please check those out so that we can continue to be a thriving community!