Finding orphans living alone in the bush is not an uncommon occurrence. These siblings, supported by Project HOPE, have only each other as their immediate family is deceased.
With the help of Project HOPE’s local community care team, this brother and sister have constant interaction with the village and provision of basic resources. The community care team also ensures the pair are attending school and doing their homework. While each day is a struggle, funding from Project HOPE means these children have the chance for a better future. With education and community support, they can become self-sustaining. Their lives are difficult and daunting but they smile easily knowing that they are not alone. Please consider making a gift to Project HOPE to give more orphans a future filled with hope.
The hyena is common in Luangwa and Kafue National Parks. They feed on carrion but are also hunters in their own right. Bones left over at a kill are cracked open with their powerful jaws and consumed.
Spotted hyenas are organized into territorial clans of related individuals that defend their home ranges against intruding clans. The center of clan activity is the den, where the cubs are raised and individuals meet. The den is usually situated on high ground in the central part of the territory. Its above-ground entrances are connected to a series of underground tunnels. They live in holes in the ground where they breed, having one or two in a litter, the young looking like cute little brown puppies.
Their gestation period is three and half months and they can live up to forty years. Their drawn out laugh-like call can often be heard from the camps at night. They usually move at night but can be seen in the day.
Walking through the villages adjacent to Nyangombe in the North West Province, is always a challenging but encouraging opportunity to interact with widows supported by Project HOPE in their homes. Always in motion, widows spend their days from sun up to sun down making the most of every moment. From hauling water to maintaining their home fires, each widow works tirelessly to make it through each day.
The rainy season brings its own challenges with downpours making it difficult to stay dry. June and July bring cold temperatures. Just keeping warm through the night is a constant battle.
Project HOPE continues to support widows in this part of Zambia with blankets to stave off the night chill as well as basic resources including salt, soap and other necessities. The team at Nyangombe continually assist through the planting and harvest season so that widows can have enough food to make it on their own merits.
Your support of these widows is key to helping them become self-sustaining. Why not consider making a gift today and help us serve those who are vulnerable.
The South Luangwa in Zambia has its own endemic species, Thornicroft’s giraffe, which was named after Harry Scott Thornicroft, a commissioner for the British South Africa Company at the turn of the 19th century in what was then Northern Rhodesia. It’s one of the smallest giraffes in Africa. It differs from other sub species in that their decorative, leaf shaped body spots do not extend below the knee.
Young giraffes are extremely vulnerable and up to half will die in their first year, as they are easy targets for lions, hyenas, leopards and wild dogs. It’s estimated that there are only 1,500 Thornicroft’s giraffe in the South Luangwa National Park, so seeing their heads poking up among the trees is truly a treat.
With a couple of days in Lusaka, Zambia, we were afforded the opportunity to visit the Quarry School. In the last three years, difficulties in the surrounding area prevented a site visit. It was terrific to get back to the school and meet with the orphans while they were in class.
The last couple of years have not been kind to the Quarry School. The school property has been under duress from squatters encroaching upon the land and the process of securing the title for the property has been slow and frustrating. Despite following all government requirements of surveying the land, completing all paperwork and paying for all relevant permits, the title still has not been granted. With all the squatters building little huts around and on the property the land development Commissioner now wants another survey and of course moneys to start the process all over again.
Please pray for the Quarry School, the orphans and the two teachers who make this critical place of education possible. Currently there are 47 students in the primary class and 48 in the secondary class. Education is the key to hope for orphans and without the Quarry School these kids would have no other option.
Once we have the title to the land we can commence work to build a wall to secure the site and keep squatters from taking any more land or vandalizing the school. Stay tuned for more updates!
June has arrived! While currently touring projects in Zambia we have not forgotten to update you about this month’s feature images.
Our first image captures some boys in a village at the Katyola Settlement near Nyangombe. The smile says it all. The photograph was taken in May 2018 and we just returned to Katyola last week to check in with our widows and orphans.
Our image from our 2019 Animals calendar features a wild dog. Lounging after a recent kill and feeding, the remnants of the meal can be seen around the animal’s neck. Unpredictable and hunting in packs, wild dogs are becoming more and more visible in the South Luangwa Park.