Struggling Rural Families

Oscar Chibuye is one of the children on our Orphan Programme. His father has died and he lives with his mother and other members of the family in the Luombwa area of Serenje. Luombwa is about 400km north east of Lusaka and is a remote place where life is very difficult. His mother does a little farming but the soil is very poor and unproductive. Recently there was an outbreak of scabies in the area and the young ones were mainly the most affected, including Oscar.

The area has no safe drinking water as the inhabitants get their water from shallow wells and stagnant pools of collected water during the rainy season.  For the girl child, it is not easy to get sanitary pads and hygiene is usually compromised.

Oscar’s situation is typical of many of the rural children that we support. The regular food distribution and the help with education is much appreciated. Many more are crying out for help and we do what we can. New sponsors are always welcome.

Gift of Sewing Machines

Some generous donors have purchased two sewing machines for the mums of two of the children they are sponsoring. The ladies are delighted. They haven’t used a machine before but they have asked a relative to give them some help and plan to make clothes for their families and to sell.

This will give these ladies a way to earn money to help support their families. They live in a poor area and are struggling just to make ends meet. It is so good to be able to help them to help themselves and provide ongoing income for them.

Orphan Programme

The Feeding Programme is going well. Remote locations have also been visited. The only complaint is that ‘we need more’.

This is just the first month so we will learn as we go. The factory is keeping up with demand