Life Expectancy: 44.5 years
GDP: US$1248 per capita
81.5% earn less than US$2 per day
ZAM10a - Kamatipa Kids (ZANGI)
Rebecca Kaumba and Jeremiah and Faides Chiyesu are friends. They were concerned about the number of children in the little rural village in which Jeremiah and Faides have settled so they decided to do something about it. Together with them Bright Hope World support 30 vulnerable children in the village called Kamatipa. Jeremiah is the key person on the ground there. He and his family tend their own farm, lead the small church of about 100 people and care for the orphans. Jeremiah is originally from Angola and from time to time goes back there to help his people and teach in the churches. We support the Chiyesu’s in a small way as well.
Kamatipa, a small rural village of several hundred located in the Copperbelt of Zambia, is home to many orphaned children who are in desperate need of food, clothing, bedding and assistance with school fees. Kamatipa is on the outskirts of Chingola and is in a very remote area. Many children are unwell due to lack of food.
Rebecca and the Chiyesu’s recognised the need to care for the children in the community who were orphaned due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They work to find guardians for the orphans and identify children in the community that are in need of assistance.
It is obvious to Bright Hope World, Rebecca, Jeremiah and Faides that the guardians of the orphaned children need assistance. Guardians have the responsibility of looking after their own children as well as the children given to them by their extended family. Rebecca found that some families have up to 11 children, including 5 of their own, and they are unable to look after the orphaned children well or provide them with clothes, bedding and school requirements they need.
History Of Partnership
Kamatipa is an hour from the main road, a 1½ hour drive from the closest town. However, the people of the village have no transportation. They must walk or bike with their produce to sell in the markets. The entire village gets their water from a tiny, difficult to access spring, a process that can take an hour. The extreme poverty of the area makes everyday living a struggle to simply survive.
BHW started helping here in early 2005 by assisting 20 children to get to school. The number of desperate children increased so the amount required increased to the current amount. There were 30 children at the beginning of 2007.
During 2007, 11 children on the programme and their families were taken back to Angola, they were refugees from the 70’s and 80’s, so another group of children have been added to the group. Jeremiah was a refugee from Angola too.
The beneficiaries are the 30 children who have been orphaned and who live with guardians in the village of Kamatipa. During 2007 some of these children were repatriated by the United Nations back to Angola from Zambia. Many were from refugee families. New children have been added to the group to bring it back up to 30.
Jeremiah and Faides Chiyesu have also received income supplements as their ability to earn for themselves is compromised by the time they spend with other families.
What We Like About The Partnership
The thing we like most about this is that Rebecca, Jeremiah and Faides really love this area and the people who live here. They have made this their own place and genuinely deliver care and support.
Jeremiah and Faides Chiyesu
Jeremiah and Faides have chosen to live in this area. Initially they went there to farm and to plant a church which they did successfully. The church is now functioning well with more than 100 people in it but of course, many orphans turned up in church as part of church families or attending Sunday School and other programmes.
They have four of their own children and numerous other kids “live” at their place.
Jeremiah and Faides are both graduates of GLO Zambia and while there were challenged to give their lives in ministry which they have done. As Jeremiah is a refugee from Angola, he still yearns to go back but only for visits at the moment.
Other People Involved
Rebecca Kaumba comes from this area and is good friends with the Chiyesu's. She is involved as a full time House Mother at Amano Christian School looking after orphaned children in nearby Chingola.
She is a single mother of a number of adult children. Her role in this partnership is to visit from time to time to make sure that the programme is running smoothly.
Vision And Annual Strategy
Currently Bright Hope World is supporting 30 children. Rebecca and the Chiyesu’s have identified the most urgent needs, which are:
1) Finding guardians for the children in the community. However, the extreme poverty in the village makes it an impossible situation as families do not have enough food or resources to care for their own families.
2) Assisting the children to attend school - the children need school supplies, uniforms and school fees.
3) Identifying other children who are in need after their parents die from AIDS.
4) Helping to set up farming training and guardian empowerment programmes to increase contact with the families in the community.
Nathan is currently boarding at Kakubula Basic School. He does find it difficult to walk five hours to get there every week. His family could not afford to pay so he is very thankful that Bright Hope World is able to help. He believes he is very blessed as there are many other orphans that need help.
When Nathan grows up he intends to go to missions school and become a missionary. His current job is to assist his step-father to cultivate and care for their vegetation.
Problems: Many other boys his age like to drink and steal, especially those who do not know God. This problem may be because some cannot go to school, have too much time on their hands and don’t have parents or their parents can't afford for an education. Sometimes these young people put pressure on Nathan to lie and register them for school.
Hobbies: Nathan likes playing football and studying.
Katemba lives with her father's elder sister. A few years ago her mother died and her father became mentally disturbed and left her and three siblings alone. Katemba and her two younger sisters started to stay with her aunt after they where found, her baby sister went to another aunt. Soon after this Katemba’s father returned to reclaim the children. The three girls went with him to Chingola where he had a job cleaning the public toilets.
Although Katemba’s father had a job he had no where to stay and so her and her two siblings slept at the toilets behind some large barrels of water. Rebecca (from GLO) got word that there where some children staying in the toilets so she went to see for herself. When she arrived there she found the girls begging from the people entering the toilets and being watched by the day time toilet attendant. Their father was out drinking.
When Katemba’s father was found Rebecca demanded that he take the girls back to the village. He did take them back to live with their aunt who is old and sick and is no longer able to work in the garden. The family rarely has a meal. She wants to put the girls into an orphanage but does not know where to take them.
Katemba likes to go to school. When she grows up she wants to be a teacher. She enjoys playing jack stones with her friends. She helps her aunt by carrying large loads of maize to and from the grinding mill.
Interviewer Comments: Katemba had a cold when I talked with her. She was hungry and barely spoke above a whisper when asked a question. When observing her with the other children she sat alone on a log and did not move or interact with any of the children. She just stared into the distance. She desperately needs help.