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International Day of the Girl

Tilape is one of our girls participating in our Gap Year Program. We invited 16 high school graduates to join us for a program designed in three parts to take them through some basic life skills, including some discussion about HIV/AIDS, communication and finding your motivation. Next they'll be learning more about employment and basic finances. When Chikumbuso began ten years ago, the children and women had nothing. No skills, food, or education. Dreams of a better life seemed very far away. Our students barely could think beyond coming to school for the free lunch and the excitement of being in a classroom. Now Tilape has dreams. She wants ...

A New Way To Donate

It is not surprising that my nephew and his wife started an app called Giving Back since that is pretty much their mantra. Back in 2005 when Chikumbuso was just a whisper of what God was planning for widows and children in Ng'ombe Mike and Shelley with some of their friends committed to buying, in cash, an old bar and brothel in the middle of a slum that they had never seen. It was their obedience to do what God had asked of them and give back in measure for the blessings they had received. Today Shelley and Mike still give with open hearts to a ministry that they have never seen. That is faith at work. I, along with all of us at Chikumbuso, would ...

September at Chikumbuso

What a month! We had some fabulous friends and interns visit us. Michelle and Ainsley helped Carly put in place some additional curriculum for our math program. We have high hopes these fun games and tweaks will help our students really take in math as a favorite, not just something to get through exams. Courtney brought a lot of expertise with social media (check out our trial Etsy site she's put together) and plain old hard work. All these talented young ladies helped with putting together the information for our new website. Big thanks to Gareth Bentley who did the really hard work! Anastazia got new glasses. We are nearly done with ...

Meet Tiyankenji

Tiyankenji was just a young woman and Chikumbuso just a still small group of women when her grandmother died. Gertrude and Meketayi gave the dying woman some peace in the promise of caring for this young girl, already a double orphan. Chikumbuso did not have a safe haven yet, and the girl went to live with an uncle. She had to walk very far to get to school, but was determined to complete her education. Life at home became more and more difficult and we found Tiyankenji needed more intervention in her life to keep going in the right direction. Lisa’s Safe Haven came just at the right time. Tiyankenji was the first child we identified and moved into ...

Meet Grace and Mabo

Grace and Mabo are sisters and have been students of Chikumbuso for many years. What a pleasure it has been to watch Grace growing up into a young woman with dreams of becoming a newswoman.  Little Mabo is a regular actress and comedienne. Imagine how sad everyone was the day their parents informed us they would be moving to Kafue and that the girls would both have to drop out of school! The widows spoke to the family and encouraged them to have the girls stay in school at Chikumbuso and become a part of our Safe Haven program. They go home to visit on holidays and so the family stays very involved while these sweet girls continue on the path of ...

Meet Anna*

Anna was a student at Chikumbuso. She lived with her father and stepmother in Ng’ombe. She often found herself at odds with her stepmother. Often when a new father or mother comes into the home, the stepchildren are mistreated. That abuse can be verbal, but more often it is physical. Stepchildren can often be made to eat old or rotten food, sleep separately from the ‘new’ family or become victims of sexual abuse. In Anna’s case, one evening after a disagreement, she was thrown out of the house in the middle of the night. As she wandered around looking for somewhere to sleep, she was attacked and raped. She became pregnant. Not knowing what to ...

Meet Innocent

Innocent is one of our sponsored children at Chikumbuso. Next year, he will be going to one of our partner schools, Ngombe PTA. Last year, at Sports Day, Innocent experienced both triumph and tragedy in the space of a few minutes. During the relay race, Innocent grabbed his baton and began streaking away from all other competitors. As he rounded the corner of the pitch, he was at least five lengths ahead and running with a huge smile, knowing he was clear to win. In his joy, he leapt up over the finish line, like a gazelle, so graceful! Sadly his landing wasn’t graceful at all and we all ran over to find him cradling a broken arm. We quickly ...

Meet Sara

Sara is one of our sponsored children who will be completing her Grade 12 exams in November 2014. She had been experiencing headaches in class and was sent to the eye doctor for a check up. When she came by to pick up the glasses that Chikumbuso provided, she told us that she is hoping to work as a hair stylist and eventually own her own salon. While she waits to get back the results of her Grade 12 exams, she will participate in our Gap Year program. She will learn basic work skills that many take for granted, like how to communicate with her employer, expectations about dress and timeliness, protecting herself from sexual harassment, basic financial ...

Meet Violet

Violet was lucky enough to have secured a rather large house at some point on a decent size plot of land. Though she was left with many grandchildren when her children began to die, she could at least live in her house without rent. Over the years, though, her house began to deteriorate and the once large home, got smaller and smaller until now it is just a two room on a big plot where bits of old wall stick up from the ground revealing the old layout. Violet wants Chikumbuso to build her a new home, but as yet we haven’t found a donor willing to take on this project. Interested? Email us and we can give you a project budget.

Meet Sylvia

Sylvia is about 102 years old, we think.  She doesn’t remember when exactly she was born and based on her memory and the events she’s lived through, we think that is about right.  But we keep finding her so unbelievably vibrant and alive that it seems she must be younger. So we keep thinking, “102?” year by year in a way that one can hardly say another year up and we’ve been saying she is 102 for three years running.  Sylvia is an active lady. She goes to the market and buys used clothing, wrapping it up on her back like a baby.  Then she goes door to door offering her wares.  Where many others her age expect to be cared for, Sylvia ...