Warm babies

 

Thanks to Pawcatuck Middle School and Skoll Foundation for your help providing   blankets for our students!

Check out this short video from Gertrude!

Boys!

Florence came to us one day and told us a sad story.  Her nephew was living with relatives, an aunt and uncle, in Livingstone.  The caregivers of this nephew – Webster – called Florence one day and said they were through caring for him.  Shaking her head, she said, “And now they’ve chased him from home.  The school has called me to see if I will take him in.”

Florence arranged transport for the boy to come to Lusaka and took him in.  She can barely sustain herself and her own children, but the commitment to family in Zambia is strong.  It’s unfortunate that when so many family members are so poor, often the orphans do ‘get chased’ to another relative to share the burden.

Once Webster arrived in Lusaka, Florence came to us again.  This time hoping that we could do something to help send Webster to school.  She brought his results from last year – and they were all Ones (or what we’d call straight A’s in the States).  Chikumbuso sends a lot of kids to school; in the past few years, we’ve seen a number of our students do really well, getting great grades and going on to further education and jobs.  This is what we strive for.  So when we see a student dedicated to learning and striving to get good grades for his future, you can bet that we all want to be a part of helping him.

But, where does the money come from, we have to reasonably ask?  We agreed to pray and ask Jesus about this boy and about bringing some money to add him to our group of Grade 8 students that attend Ng’ombe PTA.

Jesus was so good!  He brought in an undesignated donation that we were able to apply to adding Webster to our roster.

Now we’re praying and asking again…

God has been good to the students of Chikumbuso.  We have nearly all of our girl students sponsored for education and many boys, too.  The focus worldwide on the gender gap for girls has prompted many to sponsor girls for education and micro-enterprise all over the world.  We celebrate this and do everything in our power to see our girls succeed at school so they can ‘rise up’ after high school.  However, we also know that things can’t totally change for girls, if their peer boys keep the same old attitudes about women and their roles in the family and workplace.  Our girls’ lives won’t be changed significantly if we don’t continue to educate boys and keep them out of poverty by giving them an education and life skills.  And, maybe most importantly, we continue to create an environment where we talk about issues and model behavior toward women that is life-giving and affirming.

We currently have 39 unsponsored boys in Grades 7-12.  Would you consider sponsoring one of them at $250 per year? Would you consider that through sponsorship of these boys what a difference your voice and letters make in a young man’s life?  I’ll never forget a conversation I had with a teacher here… he was explaining how a student lacked motivation.  It wasn’t what I thought, though – it wasn’t motivation to work hard – it was motivation to dream a different dream.  To dream of a different life than the one experienced in his orphaned life, in the compound, in poverty.  He was longing for the motivation that can only come when a young man has someone to look up to, admire, and emulate.

We need sponsors like this for our young men that will inspire them to dream new dreams.