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Report Date: March 14, 2008

Recent events


In recent months there have been a number of ongoing activities and events, some of them include:
- The establishment of a pilot scheme of chicken layers, this will be developed in the coming year
- The building of small houses for very vulnerable families
- Starting a grade 7 class at the community school
- A trial garden with the older boys, this will be expanded in the coming season 

kids at school assembly


How the funds have been spent

- Two meals per day for the children at school – about 96 of them, this number has doubled in two years
- Assisting 3 key young people to go to secondary school
- School materials for more than 100 other children who go to other schools – books and uniforms
- Food and medicines for other people who are in need
- Some help to the volunteer teachers – about $US20 / month
- Small payment for the 3 volunteers who cook – about $US20 / month


Personal stories

Here are three basic profiles as a sample of the 35 volunteer care givers who move around the community:

Cacilda Hubissi is married with six kids. Her husband and she are very involved in ministry in the church. She has been a Christian for 16 years. Cacilda has been a volunteer for a few months and is obviously committed to helping the poor and needy. 

The volunteers do not have any gloves and shared with us that they are concerned about the blood they have to sometimes clean up on their patients and the risks they face doing the ministry. 

 Rafina, Lorena and Cacilda - volunteers

Lorena Langa is married with four children and is a very enthusiastic Christian. She has been a volunteer for 5 years. When she started attending the church the Mulengas attend she became a Christian as she heard about salvation from Patrick. 

The community is very accepting of what the programme is doing for the sick, needy and vulnerable. Sometimes when they take sick people to the hospital they die waiting to be seen by the doctors or before they can be given ARVs.

Rafina Chuma is a widow with seven children. There are still six children living at home with her. When she visits the homes of the needy people she always asks if the person is a Christian. If the person is a Christian she always prays and reads the Bible to them. Rafina is really concerned if someone is not a Christian and will share salvation with them. It is very encouraging to her when some of them respond and want to know Jesus.
Rafina says that a lot of sick people are reluctant to admit they are sick. When they see other people who have been assisted and are recovering, then they are willing to admit they need help as well. Many of the patients are fearful about having tests done at the hospital. If a parent dies, Rafina shared with us, they will always find someone in the family or community to care for the orphans.

Another story

Here is the story of one of the girls involved in the programme that gives an insight into many of the issues the people in this community face:

Helena is a beautiful 14 year old girl and as we heard her story we were amazed to hear what had happened to her. Her father died several years ago and last year her mum also passed away. One of the volunteers found her living alone because the extended family did not want the house to be taken from her. It is hard to understand how a young teenager can be left alone grieving for her mother and struggling to survive.

She was very reserved and private when the volunteers first met her. They are building up a friendship with her to help her adjust to her life with no parents. Her two sisters are being cared for by relatives. 

Grace is now trying to find someone from the Church to stay with her in her home, otherwise Grace will invite her to live with them. The paperwork is now being processed to help her to attend school.


Partnership influence within the community

This partnership receives many comments from the community, a couple of anecdotes may indicate what they think. The health department often sends visitors to the area to look at the community volunteers programme as if it were their initiative. They always get great comments but no financial help.

A few weeks ago there were riots in the city in response to the increase in public transport costs. Patrick was caught up in the rioting in his vehicle which acts as the local ambulance. Some people began attacking and stoning the cars on the road. As a group of thugs attacked his car the local people rushed out and stopped them at risk to themselves. They shouted that these people should be spared as they were needed in the community.

One of the real frustrations for the people leading this ministry is that the media often carries stories about all the NGOs working in Mchava. Patrick and Grace wonder where all these people / NGOs actually are because they are not doing anything they can find. There are no other community schools, feeding programmes or clinics they can find and Patrick knows the maze of streets and alleys and where the people live like the back of his hand.


Ideas for the future

having breakfast at school

There are a number of issues being developed at the moment in response to the needs of the Mchava community:
- Increase in the funding for the orphans. The number of children is increasing, the costs of materials is spiralling up and the US dollar is weakening
- Materials for the volunteers to use as they visit the sick
- Medicines for those that need them. They go to the local hospital and there are no medicines available or they are too expensive so they come back for what they can get. They want to carry more basic medicines. 
- Education scholarships for a few young people – about $US1,000 per year
- A micro–enterprise fund for families
- They want to give the children a better meal with additives to the porridge they get in the morning
- The development of a supervised gardening project that the orphans do the work in
- 200 layers chicken project the orphans will participate in


Current issues and challenges

The current issues are:
- The increase in costs of materials because of the rise in fuel prices and the weakening of the $US
- The ongoing and increasing number of orphans and vulnerable
- The need to increase the number of children at their community school and the cost of supplying text books for them all


Prayer and praise points

There are a number:
- The great young people from the church that are developing into leaders
- The short term teams coming through in the next few months
- The volunteers are the backbone of the ministry. They need prayer for wisdom and strength.


Life impact indicators

Children sent to school: 96 and increasing in their own school and 140+ to other government schools
Orphans added to programme: this is hard calculate but the number is rising every month
Families helped: about 250
Churches planted: no new ones but two in the process
New Christians: figures not kept but the church is growing. There are now about 150 -170 attending each Sunday and about 60-70 baptised


Project manager's comments

Bright Hope World has been involved here for a number of years and this is the first time a visit has been made since funding began. It's inspiring to see the development of the work and the total commitment of the team involved. It is truly inspiring.

We have begun the process of trying to get more accurate estimates of the real costs here as the funding is not adequate. Bright Hope World is the only major, regular donor for the children's ministry. There are other things they want to do as well so we will see what all that looks like in the coming months and new partnership opportunities will emerge.