After a successful spring harvest, maize is ready to be shelled. Widows and helpers tackle the task in Chipata under the supervision of Geoff Muvumbo, project manager in this part of Zambia. Donations to Project HOPE facilitated the renting of farmland and planting of crops, including this maize, so that widows and orphans could grow their own food.
Plans are already underway for the next planting in the Fall. By assisting with this farming effort Project HOPE is able to help vulnerable people grow their own food. The process not only provides food but also extra can be sold at market to generate a little income and seed can also be realized from the current harvest to lower costs of the next planting.
Our thanks to Geoff and Martha Muvumbo for providing this opportunity for many in their community who would otherwise not be able to do this. Geoff and Martha arrange the rental plots, purchase the seed and fertilizer while helping the widows and orphans prepare the ground for planting. There is significant manual labour involved but the harvest makes the sweat equity a good investment.
If you would like to support this project please consider making a donation to Project HOPE.
The work in Liberia continues as Fred Varnie, our project partner, cares for widows and orphans who have significant needs. Fred shared news in the past few days of a widow, Esther, that he purchased medicine for that she critically required. In this basic hospital setting, patients must pay for everything. The hospital had very little supplies but Fred provided funding through Project HOPE donations to assist.
Esther is just one of many widows served by Fred in Liberia. Without his care, many basic needs would not be provided and in this case, desperately needed medicine would not have been administered. Sadly, Esther did not survive.
We continue to support Fred, not only financially but with encouragement and our ongoing partnership to help him care for the most vulnerable in his community. For many, there is just no answer to avoid the loss of life but this does not deter Fred from seeking each day to bring hope to many lives.
Please consider helping us keep the resources available for Fred to serve in his community. Your donation today can make all the difference in the life of a widow or orphan who has no other answer or advocate.
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.