The following are an ongoing list of items above and beyond our project needs. The items, some ordinary, some quite extra-ordinary, are a constant source of concern. If you could help facilitate any of these items, especially one of our dream ticket items, that would mean a huge impact to our mission! Please contact us at the office if you have any ideas or would like to help with our wish list!
1. Buffalo bicycles (sturdy Zambia made models for our project partners and their care teams for visiting villages) – we currently need four more bicycles – cost $250 each
2. Reading books for the proposed library at the Saikalo School – books can be dropped off at our office by appointment (quality new or used children’s books)
3. Security wall for Quarry School (a significant project – need to construct a 90 by 180 foot square security wall to protect school that is critically needed due to violence threatening the orphans and staff)
4. Radio transmitter funding for the proposed radio station at Nyangombe – cost of project approx. $5,000
Project HOPE: Nyangombe – Northwestern Province, Zambia
Orphan Care: Nyangombe is a rural area in the northwestern province of Zambia. Under the leadership of Charles Kafweta, vulnerable orphans in the villages surrounding the centre receive care through funding for their school fees and basic necessities. Community care groups facilitate regular check-in with the children and visit them at school and home.
Widow Support: The network of care groups also track with vulnerable widows in area villages. Basic needs are provided as well as emotional and spiritual support. In addition to food resources and needs, Charles and his team identify opportunities for widows to become self-sustaining through agricultural endeavors and other basic trades.
Project HOPE: Chipata – Eastern Province, Zambia
Orphan Care: Geoffrey and Martha Muvumbo have undertaken leadership of Project HOPE’s community engagement of orphans in this area of Zambia. Working in the local community, the Muvumbo’s identify vulnerable children in need of their school fees being facilitated. In addition to the education support, Geoffrey and Martha are able to give the children additional encouragement through programming at the Family Centre.
Widow’s Conference: In June 2013 the Muvumbo’s also hosted Chipata’s inaugural business training seminar for widows. The successful conference has also generated additional community support as well as a vibrant community support network for widows.
Chipata Community Impact Project: In partnership with many local churches, agencies and businesses, this project reaches the compounds surrounding Chipata by training community outreach teams to connect with all orphans and widows in the compounds. The goal, through fostering positive relationships, vulnerable people will be included in community networks to facilitate strong, sustainable growth.
Project HOPE: Widows International – Lusaka, Zambia
Orphan Care: The Quarry School on the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia was established by Widows International to give orphans a school they could attend without the burden of regular school fees. The one room school hosts eighty students from the local community. One teacher instructs all grades and a daily lunch provides many their only meal of the day.
Project HOPE: Kasama – Northeastern Province, Zambia
Orphan Care: Under the leadership of Francis Chileshe, Project HOPE supports orphans by providing funds for education fees and supplying basic necessities. Covering a wide geographic area adjacent to Kasama, Zambia, Francis works through community care teams to identify vulnerable children who are in need of assistance. Either a single or double orphan, the team assesses the child’s situation and commits to providing funds to pay for the child’s school fees, uniform and books as well as facilitates basic necessities. Along with this financial assistance the team tracks each orphan, lending emotional and spiritual support while encouraging the individual to fully embrace their role in the community.
Widow Support: Through this viable network of community care teams, Francis Chileshe also maintains a support system for vulnerable widows. Food resources, basic medical assistance as well as help with necessities bring much needed encouragement to widows who have no other resource. The community care teams also envelope the widows with outlets to participate in the wider community, church groups and social settings to ensure the vulnerable individual benefits from inclusion in daily life.
Baby Club: Ensuring infants have adequate nutritional supplements and support for their caregivers is a critical program. The program delivers formulae and other basic resources to those who are caring for infants. Community care workers deliver the program of counselling and tangible support in the city as well as throughout local villages.
Project HOPE: Able Communities – Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Soap Making Program: The objective of the program is to equip the youth with a skill for a potential career and to get them off the streets. After a period of three months of training, each youth will be entrusted with $100 to start their own soap making business.
Auto Mechanic Program: This program aims to get young boys off the streets by giving them a skill that will help them attain their full life potential. Able Communities, in partnership with local car mechanics, provides training for young street boys in basic engine management systems. The young boys spend time working on old cars – disassembling and rebuilding engines. Plus, they watch a professional mechanic fix customers’ cars.
Widow and Orphan Program: Burkina Faso has many infant orphans in need of a caring home right now, in addition to many widows who will depend on the care of a loving child in years to come. Able Communities hopes to solve both of these issues through its Widow and Orphan program which places orphaned infants into the home of a loving widow. Each new mother receives funding to provide for the day-to-day needs of the child. In addition, they are supported with parental counseling, regular training seminars and scheduled medical check-ups for the child with a certified doctor.
Street Kids Program: Currently, 19 children are meeting weekly for health check-ups with a certified doctor, meals, counseling, education, and vocational training when appropriate. Where possible and safe, our staff works to reconcile these children with a close relative or tries to place them in a nurturing home environment while continuing to provide care. The streets are dangerous and prevent these children from seeing their full potential, so a proper home is in the best interest of every child.
Project HOPE: Liberia – Monrovia, Liberia
Orphan Care: The construction of the Maple Leaf Academic Centre is currently underway. Once completed, the centre will offer quality afterschool education support for orphans. Funding for this project is also needed to assist with school fees for orphans. Under the leadership of Fred Varnie, vulnerable children receive care, basic resources and are included in a community of support.
Project HOPE: Tanzania – Mwanza Area, Tanzania
Widow and Orphan Program: Titus Mashala gives leadership to critically needed programs for vulnerable women and children in the Mwanza District of Tanzania. Funding to this project assists with facilitating business training for widows so they can set up home based enterprises and become self-sustaining. Finances also ensure orphans can attend school with their fees paid.