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A Stitch in Time???

Muumba Sch pupils Uniforms sewed by Prisca Hatembo

Container departure deadline approaches!

We have finally had the information you have been asking for!  At last we have heard that the colour for Muumba Community School uniform is to be grey.  So, we are looking for grey jumpers and cardigans suitable for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years.   

The challenge is… can we send enough knitwear on our autumn container to kit out the children who attend Muumba school?  Will our ever-ready army of knitters be able to click the pins against the clock?  

We look forward to hearing from you.  On your marks… 

BEE KEEPING PROJECTS: SWEET SUCCESS

Chiyobola honey jars

Jonah Sialumano has updated us on the success of the bee keeping projects in Zambia. He writes

‘A joint team from HHZ, Community Development and Forest Department had a monitoring programme in Kazungula and Chiyobola bee keeping projects.

So far there is good progress as both projects produced good results. With Chiyobola, 32.5 litres of honey were produced while Kazungula produced about 30 litres of honey.

With Chiyobola, their aim is to produce about 65 litres of honey next year with the hope that all the beehives will be filled in with bees. Chiyobola is expected to raise about k900.00 from the produced honey.’

Well done Kazungula and Chiyobola!

 

More photos can be seen in the gallery.

Florence Chipunza

Florence

Our Disabilities Affairs Manager, Jonah Sialumano, has sent us this news about Florence Chipunza who has recently completed her knitting machine training at the HHZ and has been given the machine she has been trained to use.

 ‘Florence is physically disabled and vulnerable.  Her father and her two sisters and physically disabled too. To make the matter worse, the child of Florence is also physically disabled.  The knitting machine will easy her life as she has now been empowered.  There is need to empower with cones of wool so that she starts producing jerseys, baby ware etc.’

Every knitting machine and every cone of wool we have been given makes such a difference not only to the lives of those we seek to support but also to the lives of their dependants.  Thank you.

Muumba Community School - Teaching staff and volunteer teachers

Muumba Community School Teachers

Muumba Community School

Teaching staff and volunteer teachers

1. Mr Bruce Bbilika -  Head Teacher

2. Bertha Kabunda Bbilika - deputy Head teacher

3. Kennedy Nchimunya

4. Prisca Hatembo

5. Tammie musako

6. Chipo Naampwa

The more observant among you will glimpse a bit of the hand washing station jutting out at the side of the pillar on the left. We're glad to see it's still in use.

Sad News - Connett

Silent prayer at the graveside

Recently we received some sad news from our Disabilities Affairs Manager, Jonah.

He wrote, ‘This is to inform you that Connet, whom HHIUK supported for more than 6 years in the areas of medical and economic support, died yesterday and burial is taking place today in Mbeza, Namwala District.’

For those who remember Connet, you may recall that he had large tumours growing on his face and head.  HHI(UK) had sent him to South Africa, some years ago, for treatment and surgery.

He had, more recently, been interviewed by Zambian Television and funds had been raised, once doctors realised his terrible plight, to send him to India where surgeons had offered him similar treatment, if he could get there.

Unfortunately, in spite of the surgery and the treatment, the tumours grew back, and became worse.  He is now ‘with the Lord’, and better than he’s ever been.

We extend our gratitude to our loyal HHI supporters who give hope and help to those who, like Connet, are desperately ill. 

We also send our sympathy and Christian love to Connet’s family and ask that you will remember them in your prayers.

Welcome to the world, Kumamela

Baby Kumamela

Jonah Sialumano is a key worker at Health Help International in Monze, Zambia.  As Disability Affairs Manager he deals with both individuals and organisations and also coordinates projects which support disabled people living in and around Monze and the wider community.

At the age of three Jonah contracted polio and as a result he uses crutches so understands first-hand the difficulties facing disabled people in Zambia.   However, it is not just the challenge of mobility in an inhospitable terrain or the poor prospects of employment for a disabled person which are an issue.  The question of expectation and attitude also need to be considered. 

Last year, along with his wife Prisca, a special needs teacher, and his two sons, Jonah visited Masongozi where he had been raised by his grandmother.  The villagers were genuinely amazed to see Jonah.  They could not believe that the young disabled boy they remembered was married and had a family. The prospects they had envisaged for him were a world away from the reality of Jonah, the champion of disability and international speaker.

It seems that Jonah is also quite good at keeping secrets.  When he visited Wales in December 2015, a guest of Disability Wales Africa, he made no mention of the fact that his wife Prisca was pregnant.  So, it was a lovely surprise for us to learn that Kumamela, whose name means ‘taking care’, had arrived on 25th May.  We send our very best wishes to Jonah, Prisca and their sons Kayabu and Sishemo who, according to Jonah, ’are very happy and busy watching the baby in most of the time’.

See a further picture in the 'Gallery'.

Cholera Outbreak in Monze

A girl of Muumba School

With the outbreak of cholera sweeping through Zambia, we are, once again, reminded of the importance of hygiene. 

By early May, cholera cases in Monze District totalled 42 and, in an attempt to contain the disease, the government put restrictions on public gatherings.  The international Labour Day celebrations which were planned for May were postponed.  And schools, which had remained closed since the holidays, have only just reopened.

In our Committee Meetings we regularly celebrate how your generosity and kindness makes such a positive impact on the lives of the needy and vulnerable we seek to serve.  For example, the washing station, purchased through funds raised by Hope and Market Square Uniting Church Toddler Group in Merthyr Tydfil, is used to promote hand washing in Muumba School.  The idea is that the children will be encouraged to wash their hands after using the toilet and then introduce this practice to their families at home.

It is so easy for us to take for granted the resources we have at our disposal and the things we do instinctively which keep us clean and healthy. 

But in Zambia, and many other countries, it can mean the difference between life and death.

A Brand New Space

The new space

With the help of two willing employees at Mamhilad, we moved premises last week.  Our new space, located by the ‘Tower’, is, as you can tell from the photos, quite large.  Indeed, it is so large that we are able to drive our cars inside and this makes for much easier unloading.  We have also found it easy to organise and store the items donated by our supporters which have already been packed and are waiting for dispatch to Zambia on this autumn’s container.

So, armed with packing boxes and yards of sticky tape we are poised and ready to wrap the next batch of desperately needed items for Zambia.

Do you have anything we need?  Can you help us fill this space?

We look forward to hearing from you…soon!

Update from Asha Kiran Ashram

Special needs school, Tamil Nadu, Tirunelveli, India, disabled children

We have just received the sad news from Tamil Nadu that Santhosh's eldest son, Bobby John, died last night.

Bobby John had been an invalid ever since we first met him as a result of an operation for a brain tunour that left him seriously paralysed.  His family were dedicated to him, and he was unwittingly the inspiration for Asha Kiran Ashram: his disability led Santhosh to enquire about how many other children in his area were disabled, and this in turn led to the founding of Asha Kiran Ashram, our special needs school and home for disabled children.  This has gone from strength to strength since the present buildings were put up, financed by HHI, in 2009.  HHI continues to provide much of the running costs for the building, and Santhosh raises the rest locally and through his contacts around the world.

Please pray for the family as they mourn their loss.