Kwathu Children’s Home – When we don’t know why
Kwathu Children’s Home, located in Livingstone, Zambia, is a longtime partner of Grace Klein Community. Recently, inflation has created a financial strain on the survival of the home. For example, a bag of maize that feeds the children for six days has increased from $3.55 US to $18.21 US. The food situation is so dire that the leadership often has to stand in line to obtain food. One day, the cornmeal was running low at the plant and the children’s home was granted a bag of food only because they care for orphaned and vulnerable children.
Another hardship is the arrival of the rainy season. They are scrambling to get a roof on the current structure before the rains ruin the material they have on hand. $2500 will complete the roof on this building that will serve as a place for the children to receive consistent counseling from the onsite social worker as well as a place for administrative needs and safe storage of tangible donations. The directors work diligently to make the donated clothing, shoes, vitamins and toys last as long as possible. In addition, it is a big deal to celebrate each child’s birthday with special decorations, games and small treats.
The last few months have been very difficult for the country of Zambia. So much is unknown about the stability of the country’s future due to change of government leaders and the increase of prices in every staple item needed for survival. The children’s home recently grieved the loss of a mama and many have struggled with illness in the hot climate temperatures.
Exhaustion is a huge discouragement to any servant leader and we ask you to pray diligently for the leadership to not grow weary in doing good. Kwathu Children’s Home is raising disciples, kids that will grow up to be men and women who follow Jesus. The mission is vital to the future of the children, Livingstone and the country of Zambia at large.
A team hopes to raise funding to travel to Kwathu Children’s Home in January. Flight tickets will need to be secured soon. Many items will need to be collected this side, to stretch resources, due to the cost of products in country. The team also hopes to raise $2,150 to build a chicken coop. Chickens would help sustain the home as they sell eggs and chickens. Also, the eggs would provide excellent, and needed, protein for the children.
Here’s a quick list of items the team is hoping to take with them:
- Feminine Products
- Educational games
- School Supplies
- Clothing (Baby to Adult)
- Shoes (Children and Adult Sizes)
- Water Bottles
- Lunch Bags
- Back Packs
- Plastic Bowls
- Eating Utensils
- Twin Sheets (20 sets)
- Craft Supplies
- Birthday decorations and balloons
Many of you have met Natalie Spronk, a South African, here in the United States to advocate for Kwathu Children’s Home. Host a party in your home and invite Natalie to come tell your friends, small groups and neighbors the God stories of Kwathu Children’s Home. Email her today, firstname.lastname@example.org to book an engagement.
Help Kwathu Children’s Home:
- Give money
- Donate stuff from list above
- Pray some more