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ZAM15 - Chisasa Orphans: Partnership Reports



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Report Date: August 24, 2009

Report from BHW Field Director following visit

 

We visited for a day with Andy Patching, our facilitator and stayed overnight in a local guest house. The children were not in school as it was the school holidays. We met with the Kampelembi's and visited around the area. We met with a number of the board members and heard stories of the children. 

 

Refuge for anyone
 

Recent events

Children

The children that are put into school are spread across a number of churches from different denominations and are from as far as 50 kms from Chisasa. The church leaders in each area are responsible to ensure the children go to school. Joseph Kampelembi has a number of people on his committee who visit around the churches to encourage the church leaders. A number of seminars are held each year as well.

Their desire is to see the children do well at school but it seems that there is not enough funding here to really achieve that. At the end of the year six children are sitting Grade 12 exams and it’s not clear what will happen with them in terms of training.

The funds that are sent are used for the most vulnerable orphans in the churches. The money is first used for exam and PTA fees and if there is money over, they help with uniforms and school supplies.

Keen to help out
 

Kampelembi's

The Kampelembi's have many of their family living at home. Just one son, Phil who is 16 remains at home but there are eight other children around. Most are grandchildren. One of Joseph's sons remarried after his wife died and the new wife did not want his four children so the Kampelembi's inherited them. One of his grandchildren wanted to come and look after granddad after Joseph injured his hand, that was some months ago! Some of the children want to be teachers and accountants when they grow up.

They also have a 37 year old woman living with them.  She is the daughter of a friend who has hit hard times so she has come to help them around the place. Enid speaks good English. Her husband died and she has three children. As you can see from this report, this place is a haven for the destitute.

New profiles

There are no new leaders in the programme since last year.

 

Personal stories

We interviewed some of the children staying with the Kampelembi's. Some are their grandchildren but they have adopted a couple of children as well.

Now being cared for
 

Vernos and Priscilla were found in very difficult circumstances when Joseph Kampelembi visited the place they were living. Their father is alive but is very lame, he cannot work. Their mother had died and they were living with their father and grandmother. Soon after visiting, the grandmother died and when Joseph went back to the house he found them all crying and desperate. He therefore brought the children home to his house, his family were willing for the extra children to come and live with them. Vernos and Priscilla are happy to have a family and a father that cares for them. Joseph and his wife feel like these are their own children and love them very much. 

Vernos is 11 years old and in Grade 3. He likes football and at school likes English and tries to speak it when he can. He goes to Sunday school and likes to learn about God and loves to read the Bible. There are many children in his Sunday school class. Vernos has shoes but his clothes are pretty tatty.

Priscilla is 13 years old and in Grade 6. She has stayed here with the Kampelembi's for 3 years now. She has a uniform and shoes but not a lot of other things. She has no skirt, books, pencils or bag. She likes living on the farm. Two other siblings live with family members.

 

Partnership influence within the community

The community is very interested to see what is happening with this partnership. Anyone with vision in a community like this is treated with suspicion until the success comes.

 

Project manager's comments

It is not possible to fully fund this partnership - it is far too complex and the needs are huge. All we can do is try to enhance the capacity of this partnership to generate their own funds. The report on ZAM26 covers some of this attempt to empower them.