The last month of 2019 has arrived and with the approach of this Christmas season we take a look at the last two images from this year’s Calendars of HOPE. Each month we have presented the faces and concerns of Project HOPE and appreciated your shared journey with us.
Featured this month is Rejoice, Head Teacher of the Saikalo School in Kasama. Rejoice, along with her team of five teachers, spend every day instructing over 600 orphan students. Their day starts at 6:00am and ends at 6:00pm. They receive no pay for their efforts and along the way they manage to feed all students a meal everyday too.
Project HOPE has been honoured to walk alongside Rejoice and her staff. Just recently we celebrated with them as our shipment of books arrived to establish their school library. This library is a significant advancement in the life of the school for the benefit of all the students.
As you travel through this Christmas season, please remember Rejoice and her team. We require funding to help sustain their feeding efforts so that every orphan gets one meal a day. Project HOPE needs to provide $250 each month to feed all 623 students.
The young zebra in this month’s calendar page was photographed at the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Zebra are plentiful in this part of Zambia but are constantly wary of predators looking for their next meal. Lion, leopard, hyena and wild dogs are primary threats so the zebra herd is always on alert. The Crawshay’s zebra, which has a distinctive style of stripe, is only found in this part of Africa.
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Paying school fees for orphans continues to be one of the main areas of concern for Project HOPE. Ensuring a vulnerable child has access to education is a foundational approach to helping that individual become self-sustaining. It is a long term goal but with school fees paid, a uniform and shoes along with books, an orphan has a door open to unlimited possibilities.
Project HOPE has been supporting orphans in Zambia, like this young boy, since 2001. While the sheer number of children served over the years is significant, what is more important is the growing population of doctors, nurses, teachers and community business leaders who are now graduating college/university and returning to their villages to build sustainable communities. These same qualified and professional individuals were once vulnerable orphans. They were given hope through this program of support.
Like our young friend from Kasama in this month’s Calendar of HOPE image, his future is bright as he has access to education through funding from Project HOPE. Where will he be in another twelve years? The possibilities are endless but one thing is certain. Another orphan has a future with opportunity to become self-sustaining. Why not give an orphan HOPE and donate today? For just $50 you can open the door to education for a vulnerable child.
The Nile crocodile is native to freshwater habitats in Africa, where it is present in 26 countries. On average, the adult male Nile crocodile is between 3.5 and 5 metres in length and weighs 225 to 750 kilograms. However, specimens exceeding 6.1 metres in length and weighing up to 1,090 kilograms have been recorded. It is the largest freshwater predator in Africa, and may be considered the second-largest extant reptile and in the world. They have thick, scaly, heavily armored skin. This crocodile was photographed in a small lagoon pond in the South Luangwa National Park, partially hidden in the floral.
Our October 2019 Calendar of HOPE photograph features a very young orphan. The image of this small girl was taken as she hung around outside a school, too young to attend but with nowhere else to go, this little one knows that education is her only chance for any kind of positive future.
Older kids were looking after her, keeping her safe, but with food and other basic resources scarce, her day to day needs are never met. We hope to see her be able to attend school in a couple of years. We hope that she makes it that far.
Such is life in the village for every orphan but for the very tiny, the risk is so much greater. With no adult supervision and no real home, every day is insurmountable. With your help, we can, one by one, undertake for the most vulnerable children like the little girl in the image. Please consider making a gift today to help us bring hope into lives that are desperate.
Antelope, like the one in this month’s calendar photograph, are majestic with amazing horns. This picture was taken in the South Luangwa National Park. The puku is a medium-sized antelope found in wet grasslands in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia. Nearly one-third of all puku are found in protected areas, zoos, and national parks due to their diminishing habitat.