At the end of last year we told you about our 2018 initiative to sponsor two children, one in Zambia and one in Uganda. Through charitable organisations, Zambia’s Childand School For Life, we’ll be helping the children access education and associated support to secure a positive future for them and their communities.
We’ll receive regular updates about how the children are progressing and we’re looking forward to sharing their experiences with you.
Our first update comes courtesy of Zambia’s Child. With children settling into the new school year all around us, it’s great to see that children in Zambia’s Kasompe are doing exactly the same thing.
Meet Issac Chanda!
Isaac lives in Kasompe, Chingola (Copperbelt Province of Zambia) and started his primary education at Ipalo Christian Community School in grade 1 this year.
The community that he lives in is extremely poor, and has approximately 12,000 people, many of whom are orphans and vulnerable children.
Issac is 7 and a double orphan. He lives with his aunt and three cousins. Isaac’s family does not have running water or electricity, and share a pit toilet.
The family grows vegetables to provide some food to eat. Isaac’s aunt tries to find ‘piece work’ (casual labouring) to support the family.
The new grade 1 students started school on Monday January 22nd and are settling in well to the school routine!
The school year had a delayed start by two weeks due to a cholera outbreak in Lusaka. All institutions were closed for fear of the disease spreading.
Despite the setback, you can see the grade 1 students have adapted well. Here’s a picture of them looking very smart and enjoying lunch in one of the new school classrooms recently completed
A huge part of why we love what we do in our business is because it gives us the opportunity to help others give back. Our support for Issac is a great opportunity to give direct support and hope to children and communities in need.
We’ll bring you more updates from Issac and his learning journey throughout the year.