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).
Nov 10, 2014

Pleasantly Surprised

Teddy
Teddy

Every time I visit Chikumbuso I am surprised by some aspect of the project. This time it is the maturity and eagerness to learn that I see demonstrated in our students. Ten years ago, at the outset of Chikumbuso, there were 30 very bedraggled students ranging from six to ten years of age.  They were frightened by the white woman, thankful to be invited into school, and hoping for food for lunch and a bit extra to take home to their families.

Today these same students and 420 more portray a new picture.  These students are bright, well dressed and healthy.  One of these students is Teddy a 17 year old eighth grader.  Teddy grew up in the far eastern corner of Zambia with a single mom and a younger sister.  Life was a struggle and he did not go to school. At seven years old his uncle came to the village to take him to his father in Lusaka where they hoped he would be able to finally get an education.

Teddy said nothing changed. His father did not have the means to send him to school. What a disappointment.  One day his neighbor, a teacher at Chikumbuso, came and took him to school. He did not speak English and he could not read but the teachers at Chikumbuso were tender with him and today Teddy is ranked number one in his eighth grade class. Given the opportunity of a life time he grabbed hold of it. He works hard and his peers respect him.  

Your donations help to keep Teddy and others like him in school.

Thank you so much.

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Nov 10, 2014

Magadalena

Magadelena
Magadelena

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.

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Aug 26, 2014

Final Project Report

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!

 

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