In Zambia Grassroots works closely with Kabushi Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training Centre (KEVTC) and 3 of the many churches in the very poor region around Ndola. The “Church Action Groups” of each of these churches identify children who are in particular need, interview them (along with their parent or guardian and a representative of KETVC) and visit them regularly. Each child is sponsored for £4.25 per month (£51 per year).
This pays for a simple school uniform, a selection of school supplies and makes a contribution towards school “user fees” (schools come in a variety of different types, all technically free but each sets a small use fee, child sponsorship gives an equal amount to every child that covers the majority of the user fee in most cases.).
In addition to this the child’s family has help with nutrition in the shape of a food parcel and the church also has funds for running a few feeding programmes. The final part of the sponsor money is put into a fund which is used towards medical fees if any of the sponsored children are ill.
The 3 churches Grassroots is working with in Ndola are Makubi Church of Christ, Community of Jesus – Kafubu and Doers Church – Kafubu.
Each of these churches is part of a large programme KEVTC runs called “Raising Families”. The aim is see 20 vulnerable families per community lifted out of poverty by discovering what they already have. KEVTC give them training and inspiration and then the “Church Action Group” in each community act as a catalyst to bring together the 20 families and get everyone working together to make a difference for their community and their own lives.
These 3 church action groups have been working hard starting income generating activities and they are beginning to make money. When Grassroots visited it was clear the communities’ top priority, whenever they made even a small amount of money, was getting the children into school and to get food in their stomachs. But, even after two years of these lovely people working hard there are still many hundreds of children who still needed uniform and some help with user fees or they will never go to school.
It seems ridiculous not to enhance the efforts the community is already making. A little help makes all the difference. Child sponsorship is that help.
To start sponsoring a child in Zambia, click here, and follow the instructions to pay either with credit card or by downloading the printable standing order form.
To give your sponsored child an extra gift or support the local churches organising feeding for the poor hungry children in their communities please consider buying a Zambia Alternative Gift.
To give any amount you wish to the Grassroots Zambia project go to grassroots.org.uk/give and select “Zambia” from the drop down.