Josh, a nephew of one of our Trustees, visited Zambia in 2012. He enjoyed what turned out to be a very different experience to what he is used to. Josh wanted to see first hand the work HHI does in Zambia and he there was plenty of opportunity. He went to Gwembe Village; Muumba school, Choonga hammer mill and shop, Monze Hospital and many other places. It is fitting that this photograph is Josh with Esther meeting some young children. Esther is running with her Mum, Jute, to raise funds too - Jute is also using just giving - read her article about Victoria.
Josh was moved by his experienced and promised he would do something to raise funds - and here it is. Josh will be running the Chester half marathon for HHI and if you can help him please go to his just giving web page.
Jute Williams (co-ordinator for Zambia) is running a marathon to raise funds for Victoria - if you are moved by the story below and would like to sponsor Jute please go to her justgiving page. Here is Victoria's story... Victoria Mwiinga is 15; she lives on Freedom A compound - an area of 'housing' for the needy. Like most young women of her age she was trying to further her education, despite the difficulties she and her family faced. Victoria was studying for her Grade 9 at Monze Town School. Unfortunately in April 2013 an intruder broke into their home while everybody inside was asleep. The mother did not hear the intruder but the children heard him breaking the door. He came into the house armed with a knife. While the mother was fast asleep in her small room, he went to the room where Victoria and her two young sisters were sleeping. He threatened to kill them if they made any noise. During this ordeal Victoria was raped. After raping her,the intruder stole some of their items like clothes, plates and pots before running away. Victoria was taken to Monze Hospital after reporting the incident to the police Victim Support Unit. The hospital produced a medical report and Victoria was monitored over time.
Can you help? Over the year we collect and store wheel chairs, ready to ship them out on our container to Zambia. Hundreds of disabled children and adults have benefited from supporters and organsiations kindness and we wish to continue this valuable work and much appreciated work. In recent years we have managed to send out between 120 and 150 in each container.
The next shipment is planned for October and we only have about 70 - half of our normal number. If you know someone or an organsiation who has wheel chairs we can have please contact us.
For the last 5 years, Andy Walker, Minister of the Gower Methodist Churches, has sponsored an orphaned student based in Zambia through his University degree course. The young man, whose name is "Best Hamuletwa", is now in the last semester of his final Year, and Andy has a last instalment of around £1000 to raise.
Twmpath, Ceilidh or Barn Dance?
Whatever you call it - come along and join the fun:
When: Saturday 1st February 7pm to 9pm
Where: Murton Methodist Church Hall Swansea
How much: Adults £6. Children Free.
Please note there won't be a live band, but recorded music and an experienced caller. Soft drinks on sale. Raffle & prizes.
Hosted by Rev. Andy Walker to raise funds for Health Help International
Come to watch or join in… no experience necessary. A great time for all!