Four years in the making, over 100 local people from twelve different churches in Chipata were welcomed to the Family Centre for the start of the Chipata Community Impact Project. The project, aimed at reaching widows and orphans in the compounds surrounding Chipata, started with these people joining for three days of intensive training.
Geoff and Martha Muvumbo, Project HOPE’s partners in Chipata, hosted the gathering. Working with Executive Director Christopher Graves, the Muvumbo’s and the rest of the local leadership team, spent a year assembling the community care teams in preparation for the launch of this five year pilot project. “Geoff and I spent many years gearing up for this significant project” Graves said recently “without this incredible partnership with all the local churches this would not be possible”. The overwhelming numbers of widows and orphans in the nine compounds of Chipata lack any voice or advocate in the community. Hundreds of kids are just existing without school, connection or hope. The Muvumbo’s and Project HOPE knew they had to find a solution to start making an impact in the lives of so many vulnerable people and after much searching the Chipata Community Impact Project came to life.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us” commented Geoff Muvumbo “but Project HOPE and our leadership team, along with the many hands participating as community care teams has ignited a lot of excitement to start reaching the compounds”.