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).
Mar 2, 2015

Let's Keep the Girls in School

The word Chikumbuso in Nyanga means to "remember" .. we remember many things at our project. How we started with nothing, how AIDS was wiping out our families, how microenterprise and education has changed our lives. This year Chikumbuso celebrates 10 years of being in Ng’ombe working hard to help others find their way in the world.  This road is not easy for our children so I ask that you remember their struggle. Education asks these students  (especially the girls) to break with the past and move on into a future that is coming at them fast and furiously. Their lives have been bound by poverty and poverty does not want to let them go.  Despite the blessing of a free education several of our children, especially the girls, have chosen to drop out of school as they hit puberty.  The cultural pressures to marry and have children are strong. Although we have many that stay in school we can’t help but weep for those who leave.  We covet your support for their futures and your willingness to remember them on a daily basis.  

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Feb 10, 2015

A Grandmother for Beauty

Beauty and Esnart
Beauty and Esnart

Respect for the elderly is one of the most beautiful traditions of Zambian life. Yet at times it is difficult to uphold your responsibility as a grand daughter or grandson.  There is a fine balance in poverty between "making it" and not.  Unfortunately because helping others often tips the scale in a family's budget  grandmothers get neglected.

Chikumbuso knows that the elderly in our community need our help.  Many of them are watching grandchildren with less than $1 day to spend.  Your sponsorship helps us to give them a monthly food stipend containing mealie meal, cooking oil and candles. Each are visited by an assigned caregiver on a monthly basis in order to make sure that they are healthy and eating. Beauty has been a caregiver with Chikumbuso for 10 years. Each month she visits four of our grandmothers and often brings to the community new grandmothers that need our help.  Beauty has seen many of our grandmothers live with our help and die in her presence. She is an essential part of our grandmother sponsorship. Please continue to help Beauty help those who need her through giving here on Global Giving.

 


 

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Nov 11, 2014

Pencils and Plans

Classroom
Classroom

As Americans gear up for the holiday season, here in Zambia we are gearing up for the end of the school year. Our students are excitedly studying for their exams, teachers are wrapping up lesson plans, and everyone is dreaming of the new year and the new hope it brings. 

This year has been a successful one for our school, we welcomed more students than ever before, and they continue to amaze us with their discipline, their dedication to their work, and their gratefulness for being able to study. They know that their plans for their future are not written in pencil any more, easily erased. They are firmly inscribed in ink pen - with the help of donors like you. So many other things in their lives are uncertain and quick to be undone. But through your support we can stand behind our kids, committed to their education and their futures. 

If you haven't yet donated to the Classroom Sponsorship program, I encourage you to do so. By supporting a classroom, you are guaranteeing those kids the opportunity to learn, grow, and plan for their lives.

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