News and announcements

Kerala floods - updated

You may have seen or heard on the news about the horrendous floods in Kerala, the part of India that HHI works in.  Sadly, many people have lost their lives.

The good news is that all our people are safe.  We have been in contact with Tom: the area that he works in has been less hard hit than many others.  Philip's family live further north, and his sister has been evacuated from her home.  The family home sits at the top of a slope, with a river in a deep ravine about a hunderd yards down the slope.  Currently the water is now filling the ravine and indeed is lapping at the house, but the family have moved upstairs and are safe.  At Indinjar, the stream has turned into a torrent, but the CDSA centre there is safe, as are all the staff.  The tuition centre is closed for the time being, and some of the staff are helping at an evacuation centre in the local school.

The Indian and state governments seem to be responding well to the situation.  They have far more resources than we do, so for the time being we will leave them to sort it all out.  The community is also pulling together to help.  But longer term we are sure that there will be needs that we can meet - we will keep you informed when that happens.


Philip has visited, and has been helping clean up his family's homes and also other people's.  There are some smaller villages that have not received Government help; Philip would like to take one of the Special Therapy Centre's mini-vans up to the area, loaded with aid for these villages.   If you would like to contribute to the cost of this, please contact us.

20th Anniversary HHI Celebration Concert.

The word is out!  

It is 20 years since HHI was founded by Ron Prosser to help the poor and needy in India and Zambia.  And, to celebrate the amazing success of HHI over two decades and also the unfailing commitment of or loyal supporters, the world famous Treorchy Male Choir will perform at Summerhill Baptist Church in Newport.  Tickets are available NOW.                                                                               

Just contact the office 01633 671055 or any management committee member.  

See you there!

A Lick of Paint in Naanga

Zambia, western province, Monze, HHI, UK charity, unpaid volunteer run

Jonah Sialumano, HHZ Disabilities Coordinator, has sent us an update of the painting in progress in Naanga Special School…

The painter, Gibson, was taken to Nanga to paint and, along with his helper, to camp there in order to speed up the work. However, since the dormitories are being painted for the first time, more tins of paint may be needed so that there is a first, second and third coat to avoid some spots to be seen. The painting has been done in accordance with the choice of the Buildings officer’s colour. The observation is, as I saw it when I was in Nanga, that the visually impaired children as they move on their own need to touch the walls as they master their way.  Inside the dormitories, they also touch the walls as they move around for example when going to the bathing room or when going to their friends. For this reason, white colour will not be suitable for a long time. Therefore, there is need to replace in with grey colour which does not reflect dirt even when it is touched.  Gibson, who is still on the site, will advise us as to how much grey paint may be required to continue the painting. By Sunday, the painter may be through with all the works because more work has been done. You can see the pictures which show white colour paint in the hostels.

Mr Gondwe Lends a Hand

Zambia, Monze, HHI, Health Help International, home for disabled girl and her family, UK charity, all money sent overseas

One of our much respected HHZ Trustees, Mr Funcy Gondwe, shows that he is not averse to hard work.  He is a pillar of his church and community and, as well as running a busy store, gives his time freely to support the work of HHI in Zambia…and not just by attending meetings to develop initiatives and oversee ongoing projects! 

Nice work Mr Gondwe.   

Mission MHM

Monze Naanga Zambia Health Help International HHI UK charity low overheads

Smiles all round

Our Menstrual Hygiene Management programme has been taken to Naanga Special School.  Jonah Sialumano informs us ….

‘As we took the paint and the painter to Naanga Special School, MHM was also part of the program. While painting was going, Premeldah was also busy teaching the girls of Nanga School on MHM.  After teaching, the girls were able to demonstrate on how to insert or lay the pads, a sign that they understood what they were being taught.  Alister did not go for this task because she was sick.’

To our UK supporters we again say a huge ‘Thank you’ for making this vital programme possible.

News from Monze Mission Hospital

Health Help International, volunteer run charity in Newport UK, serving Zambia, Western Province

Dr Sufyan Ibrahim, our contact at Monze Mission Hospital, has sent us this report…

Monze Mission Hospital is as busy as ever.  The weather is chilly but that does not seem to deter our patients. But then what are we there for?!  With the cold season our burns section of the ward is full, but we hope to do those poor kids some good.

The autoclave worked very well on connecting to a power source and it should be operational very soon.  The one at the dental clinic is on its last tether.  In due course I shall send you a few pictures of it.

The instruments are a God send and the suction tubing and anaesthesia circuits are very helpful. The sacks full of colostomy bags will see us through for a long time to come.

Diathermy Update

I thank you very much for your efforts at acquiring the diathermy.  It appears that TTM [a possible supplier of diathermy machines] do not have what I am looking for, but what they have may be just fine.  I think a brand new one will do the trick, provided we get a good three or four earthing pads.  I am sure we can wait, as the OR still has functional ones.  The best way to get it down to Monze would be to send it with someone coming down. But postal service as a last resort would be okay.

Looking Ahead

I will be very glad to meet the trustees when they come to Monze. Kindly keep me posted.

Keeping disabled people moving

Zambian amputee enabled to move - no longer crawling; Health help International HHI Monze Choma

Mobility Matters: A report from Jonah Sialumano,HHZ  Charity Coordinator

Lotie Siamanungu, 34, of Siadambi Village in Choma District was hit by a goods train on 18th May, 2018.  According to him, he had been to the field to check on his maize harvest, and on the way home he felt dizzy and passed out on the railway track.   Although Lotie didn’t hear the approaching train, the villagers nearby heard the train honking and they rushed to investigate.  By the time the villagers reached the scene, Lotie was seriously injured.  Unconscious, he was rushed to Choma General Hospital but, unfortunately, they were unable to save his legs.

The Coordinator for the Choma network for people with disabilities contacted Jonah Sialumano requesting a wheelchair for Lotie and it was delivered to Choma by Jonah, on 10th June, 2018.  Lotie’s wife was present and she was delighted, as she had not expected a free brand new wheelchair from HHZ.  

Because Lotie is now unable to hold a plough and do gardening and harvesting work, he is no longer able to support his pregnant wife and five children, although he is looking for alternative employment. Lotie believed that he faced a lifetime crawling, but with mobility he is able to associate with friends and go to church.

This is one of thrity wheelchairs that were funded bythe Womens' World Day of Prayer - we are very grateful tothem for their help - but Lotie is even more grateful!

The Seven Year Gap

Elephantiasis, Zambia, Monze, lymph he filariasis, nematode infection, Health Help International, UK volunteer led charity, holistic, ayurvedic medicine

One gap year in education is not uncommon… but seven??

Bibian first came to our attention in 2011.  At this time, even though one of her legs was enlarged and covered in sores, she was attending school.  However, she was becoming increasingly self conscious about her leg and very unhappy because other children did not want to be with her. 

Since that time, HHI supporters have generously funded hospital visits, medicines and also monthly nutritional food support.  But, despite everyone’s best efforts, her condition did not improve.  Indeed, until the arrival of Dr Nkonjera, not one of the treatments offered to Bibian was successful.  (See article 6th December 2017)

So, after a seven year gap in her education, Bibian is now back in school.  Her facial sores have healed and although there is still a long way to go for her leg to be completely healed, we are praying that Dr Nkonjera can continue to make a difference

And that difference is, yet again, down to you.  Thank you!

More from Moscow

African Albino Monze Zambia UK Charity Health Help International HHI HHZ Health Help Zambia

More from Moscow

In January this year, we were happy to update you on the developments in Moscow’s life.  Well, we have had yet another communication from him. And it’s even better news.  Not only does the picture speak for itself - a happy family snap – but the news that Moscow is able to use his skills and professional position to help others who are in his situation, is, in our opinion, just wonderful.

This is what Moscow wrote:

‘ Hi Jute,
 I want you to know that since 2013 I started helping the disabled including the Albinos in rural areas, I give health education to Albinos who are being kept indoor without going to school ‘ 

(Moscow Chilundu)


Zambia charity bereaved widowed poor Newport UK


We have had some sad news from Zambia.  Nalukena, the housekeeper in our HHZ compound in Monze, has had a slight stroke.  Her recovery is in the hands of skilled doctors who perform wonders with the limited resources available at Monze Mission Hospital.  And, of course, at this critical time, our prayers for Nalukena and her family are vital.  

Many of you will have heard Nalukena’s story.  After her husband died, she returned with her three children to live with her parents and supported the family by selling fish on the roadside. Soon after, one daughter died but, due to her limited English, Nalukena was unable to tell us the cause of death.  After her parents died, Nalukena, homeless, remarried and has since had a further two children.  Her husband can afford to pay the school fees for his children but Nalukena’s older children remain uneducated.  

So, at this time our thoughts turn to Nalukena and so many other families in Zambia and India who are in similar desperate situations.  Thankfully, our generous HHI supporters are always ready to dig deep into their pockets in order to relieve the suffering of those whose stories touch their hearts. 

Please forward this story to someone who you think might be able to help.  Thank you!