News and announcements

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.

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'.

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.

Muumba School Report: Steady progress is being made in all areas.

Muumba fence progress

As you can see from the photographs the building of the school wall, which was held up because of the hard dry soil, is now well underway.  In addition to this, work has now been completed on the secure room in which government exam papers may be stored.  This room was essential because without it, as in the case of the installation of the toilets, official government registration cannot be granted to the school.

Our ‘Knitting Brigade’ is still eagerly awaiting information about the colour of the school uniform and as soon as we hear about the school registration and are told the colour has been decided, we will be in touch!  

A Talented Teacher

Muumba School pupils Uniforms

If you have already looked through the March 2016 Tidings you will see that the Week 12 article (June 12 – 18) features the disabled teacher, Prisca Hatembo, who is currently salaried as a volunteer teacher in Muumba school.  Prisca was supported as a school pupil and through her teacher training by HHI and is now working in the school built by the Muumba community with HHI funding.  As you know, the school is well on its way to fulfilling the necessary criteria in order to gain government registration, and those of you who knit for HHI are awaiting the go ahead for the school colours to be decided.

We have just received more news complete with a photograph of two children dressed in grey pinafore dresses and we are told that these dresses were made by teacher Prisca. A talented teacher indeed.

The Personal Touch

Winifiridah at her machine

Many of the items we pack at Mamhilad are labelled for dispatch to people who have particular needs.  So, when our Zambian colleagues requested a sewing machine for a blind lady called Winifreda, who lived in Pemba, we duly loaded a treadle machine labelled ‘Winifreda. Blind lady Pemba.’

You can imagine our delight when last week we received a photograph of Winifreda using her ‘new’ machine.  We were also pleased to see the label we had attached to her machine when we were loading the container in Mamhilad.  It was a case of job well done!

However, the real satisfaction came because one loyal supporter enabled this individual request to be met.  This typifies the personal touch which is part of our HHI remit.  Thank you. 

Scanner donation from Deeside League of Friends

Scanner donated to HHI by Deeside League of Friends

Five years ago HHI received a scanner donated by the Deeside League of Friends in North Wales.The machine is still operating in Gwembe District Hospital in Zambia. Now, five years on, the machine replacing the one in Gwembe is about to start its journey to Monze Mission Hospital. The hospital is desperate to have the scanner becase their own is now unusable. So you can imagine how grateful we are to receive our second scanner thanks to the generosity of the League of Friends. Due to the urgency and because we missed the last container (sent October 2015) we can't wait for the next one this autumn. HHI will be air freighting the scanner in the next few weeks. We are also very grateful to many people in the Deeside and North Wales area for private donations and fund raising which has raised over £500 towards freight costs.  Thank you.