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Report Date: July 29, 2013

Report by BHW Zambia Partnership Facilitator

 

Recent Events

Orphans Program

income generatorCurrently there are 112 orphans on the program, 91 are in High School and 21 in Basic School. There were two orphans that recently dropped out of school and are no longer on the program. The orphans register is kept in Mr Kampelembi's shop.

All of the orphans come from 21 churches in the catchment area, with visits being done to all the churches once per year by Mr Kampelembi. So far this year he has visited 7 out of the 21 churches. He also makes follow-up visits to the five high schools (Solwezi, Jiwundu, Mwinilunga, Ntambo and Chawama) when paying the fees for each term, and visits with the orphans.

The orphans are being well educated in these schools, all speak English well, and from what we see the schools are well run.

It is sad to hear that the other seven people who were arranged to help Mr Kampelembi with the visits and paying school fees have now stopped volunteering to do so, because they wanted to be paid for the work. 

School fees are ranging from 100KR (US$20) to 200KR (US$40) per term depending on the school. Also some schools increased the fees in the second term to 200KR which was a surprise to everyone. We sighted receipts from the schools for the 2012 year. The receipts for this year will only be available in the final term. So for a school year the fees range from US$60 to US$120 per pupil. 

Farming

There were a number of people who were trained in Foundations for Farming at Maplehurst farm in 2012. Mr Kanjanja Casto unfortunately passed away within two weeks of returning from the training.

Martin Kawani planted ½ lima and yielded 12 bags which is just under 5 ton per hectare. He didn’t manage to make compost so used D compound fertilizer. There was no lime. He thinks the method is very good as previously he only got half that yield. For this coming 2014 season he has already prepared his field and has sourced 6 bags of lime.

The three school leavers Beauty Numbi, Memory Kaholo and Joseph Kaholo who were trained have joined together to work a field, but as yet no one has heard how they got on. Martin Kawani is to follow-up to find out the results.

Good profitGrinding Mill

The grinding mill is still working well. They employ one person at 140KR (US$28) per month, and use around 60 litres of fuel - these being the main costs.

They charge 1KR per tin to grind the maize and there are plenty of customers. There are three other mills in the area which are electric and have issues when the power is off, so people are continuing to come to the Chisasa orphans mill which is run by a diesel engine. People are also happy with the service that the miller provides.

The mill has now managed to fund three small buildings that are rented out (photo above), providing more income for the orphans program. The three buildings net 520KR (US$104) per month.

 

Personal Stories

Patrick Mweila

TeacherPatrick is a teacher at the Chisasa Basic School, teaching students from Grade 1 to Grade 9. The school role shows 900 pupils, and on average they have 120 students in a class. The community is trying to help with this situation by building another classroom for the school.

He is married and currently is caring for his nephew who is an orphan. Patrick is one of the people in the area who is encouraging Mr Kampelembi. They met in 2008 and go to the same church called Christian Community Church.

Sometimes the teachers struggle as their pay is often not on time, but he says “No, we are learning how to sweat that one out so it is okay. As long as we keep teaching the children it is fine”.

He sees many issues in the community:
• The vulnerability of the orphaned children
• The people in the villages not seeing the reasons for sending their children to school
• No recreation centres for the youth

He has been involved in farming in the past, especially rice growing. He loves to farm.

Matthews Masachi

Lots of dreamsMatthews is 16 years old and is currently in Grade 9 attending Jiwindu High School. His subjects are mathematics, science, English, civics and geography. He heard about the Chisasa orphans sponsorship program at his church. He attends the local Catholic Church, and sings in the choir.

His father passed away when he was very young, he does not remember him at all. He currently stays with his grandmother and his brother and sister. The grandmother farms to try and support the children, growing maize and ground nuts for both selling and consumption. He thinks farming is a good business but he does not like farming. He likes to help his grandmother by cooking the food and helping to get the water from the well.

When he finishes school he would like to become an accountant, solider or pilot.

He is visited by Mr Kampelembi and Martin Kawani is his school teacher and they both encourage him very much to study well and be thankful for the support he has got by showing good results. They are helping him with his school fees.

Derek Lumba

Wants to enrol in armyDerek is 20 years old and is in his final year of school, Grade 12. He attends Jiwundu High School as a boarder. The school provides accommodation but he must bring all of his own food. He brings this from home for each term.

At home he lives just with his older brother, as both his parents have passed away. His father died in 2004 and his mother died in 2007. He and his brother farm so they can eat, but they do not like farming at all. He also earns some money by cultivating other peoples field for piece work payments.

His favorite subject is biology, and he would love to study computers but they don’t have any at the school. After school is completed each day he likes to study his books - he doesn’t like football!

Next year he wants to enrol in the army. He likes the army because they serve people and if there are any problems the army can come along and solve the problem.

  

Partnership's Influence within the Community

In visiting the Jiwundu High School, we talked with the headmaster who was very appreciative not only for the financial support but also the visits that are made to the orphans. He has 12 pupils at his school who are supported through the Chisasa partnership.

 

Current Issues and Challenges

The distances to be travelled to visit all the orphans, schools and churches.

 

Prayer and Praise Points

1) Praise for Mr Kampelembi's health being good
2) Pray for others to help with the work

 

Comments

House savedMr Kampelembi's health has been good this year, and he had good results in his farming which is how he is supporting himself.

There was a large fire that came through and was very close to burning down Mr Kampelembi's house. He was away but the person who was home managed to stop the fire.

The Kalumbila mines in the area are resulting in an increase in the people in schools, and business and industry in townships. It is interesting to find the mines engaging in community development, helping to build classrooms and they also have been teaching conservation farming in the area using the Foundations for Farming principles of On time, At standard, No Waste, With Joy.  We encouraged the Chisasa orphans group to engage with this program.