Critical care continues at the Saikalo School in Kasama, Zambia, where each day all students receive a meal. During the pandemic the school has had to scale back its class sizes to meet guidelines. Meal service has not stopped as this much needed resource is a lifeline to all the orphans.
The school’s need for access to clean water and more classrooms is of concern for Project HOPE. No running water means a communal wash bucket that promotes significant health issues. There is also need to add space so that the students, who are cramped into four tiny rooms, can sit at desks and not on the hard cement floor.
These are just a few critical needs that Project HOPE continues to discuss with the volunteer school staff. We need partners to help us financially facilitate these upgrades to give all the orphans… over 650 students… the best chance for a sustainable future. Please consider making a gift today.
Our May 2021 Calendar of HOPE features one of our orphans. Our project partner, Geoffrey Muvumbo, recently shared an update about this young man who is supported by Project HOPE:
“Reuben was hospitalized for about a week due to a snake bite a few weeks ago. Thankfully, he is doing better. Reuben is one of the orphans we gladly support in Chipata, Zambia. I met Reuben years ago when he was a street kid and he was out of school. After I got engaged with him for some time, he showed interest in school and we managed to get him back to school and he started in grade 5. Reuben wrote his grade 7 exams last year and made it to grade 8. He is currently doing grade 8 and looks set to keep moving forward.”
Fortunately Reuben is on the road to recovery and despite what could have been a deadly strike, proximity to the hospital and the availability of anti-venom saved him. Our thanks to Geoffrey for sharing this update and for the encouraging news about Reuben’s progress in school. Donations to Project HOPE help kids like Reuben access education which means hope for building a sustainable future.
Special thanks to all who participated in our second “virtual” event by viewing, donating and bidding in our online auction. To date $10,010.00 has been generated. We are still short of our goal but we are thrilled that folks had a great time with the auction and donations are still coming in.
If you missed our virtual event an encore presentation is available if you click on this link: https://youtu.be/W1VyOJ1GaXs
If you have not yet had a chance to donate simply click on the DONATE NOW button. Donations are also gladly welcome via cheque or E-transfer.
This annual night is Project HOPE’s main fundraising event of the year. Gifts donated and silent auction proceeds will help us continue our mission to serve vulnerable widows and orphans. Despite the challenges of the current pandemic we are maintaining our ministry and financial commitments to each of our projects. Your donation will give hope.
The work continues by all Project HOPE partners as vulnerable people are served through this ongoing pandemic. Our faithful project managers are caring for those who have no other resource or advocate. As the photograph depicts, vulnerable people includes men and women who are widows and struggling to survive. Albert is just one such person who receives help from one of our community care teams as he struggles to provide for his children after the loss of his wife.
While the virus makes everything more challenging here and around the world… despite infection, inflation and instability… our projects have maintained significant momentum. We are looking forward to sharing news from the frontline on May 1st during our online virtual event. We will be sharing our second online ‘annual dinner’ as the pandemic once again has prevented an in person gathering. Stay tuned for more details.