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ZAM15 - Chisasa Orphans: Partnership Reports

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Report Date: November 11, 2011

Report from BHW Zambia Partnership Facilitator


Recent Events


Currently there are 318 orphans on the register in this partnership.  Of these 68 are at the boarding school, all living in the school accommodation.

This year they financially helped 16 into secondary school and 123 into primary school. Unfortunately not all children on the register receive financial help due to the funds not meeting the rising requirements of school fees (540,000ZMK per year for high schools). They cover an area of radius 70km plus in the area.

There are 7 people coordinating the project who receive the funds and then use them to pay for school fees and uniforms of the most vulnerable children. One of these is a teacher at the high school, Martin Kawani. The orphans supported financially are predominantly double orphans and most of them are living with old grandparents who struggle financially. Most means of income is subsistence farming.

Teams of people are regularly visiting the orphans to encourage them. Also those at High School meet with the school teacher for spiritual discussions every Saturday morning.


Personal Stories

Memory Kaholo
MemoryMemory is 20 years old and is in grade 12. When she finishes school she wants to study to be an accountant or a doctor. The main reason for this is so she can look after her own family well.

Her father died in 2001 and her mother died in 2008. She has no guardian, and she is the head of the house along with her brother. Her brother is in the program, and they both board at the Jiudu high school. This means that they leave their younger brother who is 12 years old to look after their youngest sister who is 8 years old. The hardest part of this for her is when the little ones get sick, and she has to leave school to go home and care for them.

They cultivate the field to get some maize for consumption, but the yield is poor at 6 bags a Lima, she says because they cannot afford fertilizer.  When she is not at school, she likes to study and cook the meals for the family.


Gift Kakaza
Gift KakazaGift is 13 years old and is in grade 8. He goes to Kasasa Basic School and his favorite subject is maths.  He has 50 other pupils in his class and they usually only have 5 text books between them. When he finishes school he wants to be a teacher, because he wants to help people in the Chisasa area to become educated.

In grade 7 exams he had a total score of 665, which was a good pass (620 is a pass).

He lives with his grandmother who is 75 years of age, she also looks after his 16 year old brother and 9 year old sister. For food the grandmother cultivates 2 limas of maize. Gift doesn’t know how many bags they get, but food usually is not enough for the year. He likes to help his grandmother in the field. He also has made his own small garden, planting rape and Chinese cabbage. Some days when he harvests he can sell about 5,000 ZMK ($1) 

Gift goes to Christian Community Church to learn about the word of God and to attend Sunday school.


Beauty Nyumb
BeautyBeauty is 18 years old and is in grade 12. Her favorite subjects are biology, science and commerce. There are 57 pupils in her class at school and there are not enough text books. She would like to be a nurse, as she sees many people in her country who are struck down by disease.

Her exam results for grade 9 were: English - Merit, Maths - Merit, Science - Distinction, Religious Education - Distinction, Local Language - Distinction, Geography - Distinction, History - Merit, Commerce - Merit

For fun she has joined a study group, and participates in drama and sports at school. She goes to ECZ church and is the choir secretary.

Beauty lives with her mother and 2 other siblings. Her father passed away in 2005. Her mother is often too sick to look after them. The family cultivated 2 hectares last year for a yield of 20 bags. 

She says that one of the biggest problems facing girls her age in the Chisasa area is girls selling themselves in prostitution. They are often forced into this as they have no other means of support. She is very thankful for the program of Chisasa orphans which has helped her through school and given her a better chance at life.


Jeff Samukonga
JeffJeff is 18 years old and is in grade 12. He has been supported in the Chisasa orphans program since he was in grade 9. He would like to be an engineer, as the subjects he is good in at school would support this, and it is possible to get work in the local mines in the Chisasa area. He is very confident that he will pass his exams well this year.

He lives with his grandmother who is 76 years of age. His mum died in 2007 and his dad died when he was just two years old. There are three other siblings that live with the grandmother. For food they cultivate 2 limas of maize, getting 12 bags per year for consumption. 

He has many friends who cannot afford to go to school, so they are just cultivating in the wet season for food.

After his mum died he joined the orphans program. His uncle had heard of the orphans program and was able to register him. At church, he is an active member, and leads the praise and worship.


Ideas for the Future

Farming training may be a key here. Most orphans said they were getting just 6 bags per lima, which is about the national average of 1 tonne to the hectare. The reason they give is lack of fertilizer. We intend to run a farming and mindset course in Chisasa in May 2012 for about 25 people.


Current Issues and Challenges

1) What to do with Grade 12 leavers
2) The bike that Mr Kampelembi has been using is no longer working. With the distances required to follow up orphans this could become an issue.


Prayer and Praise Points

1) Praise for the great team of people who are working around the key person
2) Thanks for Mr Kampelembi being returned to full health after spending 3 weeks in hospital in February 



After two years we finally visited this partnership again. The calibre of the orphans is very high. When interviewing them they had a very good understanding of English and felt free to converse. The leaders feel that of the high school children, 40 of the 68 have very high potential.

The way that the team are visiting the orphans and encouraging them is having great results with the way the children are doing in the education program.

Many of the orphans are looked after by older grandparents who are not really able to farm at the level required to support these children, so the children themselves have been heavily involved in farming.