Chikumbuso, a grassroots project in Ng’ombe, Zambia, provides an alternative lifestyle to the most vulnerable women and children in the township. Chikumbuso provides free schooling for the children, as well as adult training and capacity building, income generating activities and community building programs.
Chikumbuso operates two Safe Havens, places where we provide food, clothing, and shelter to some very vulnerable children who find themselves in circumstances that will either end or sidetrack their education.
Our on site Safe Haven, opened in 2008 and is located at the school. This houses younger girls and boys. Gertrude is the housemother and watches carefully over her little flock.
Lisa’s Safe Haven was completed and began operations in 2013 through a wonderful donation celebrating a friend’s birthday. Three very vulnerable girls were identified to participate in the program. Now five girls live together in this little community house. Gladys is the housemother and runs a tight ship, encouraging the girls to stay in school rather than fall prey to early marriage as happens to so many young women in the compound.
Chikumbuso provides all that is necessary for these now ten students – food, toiletries, school fees, blankets, and more. This is a terrific program to be a part of and is making a big difference for these kids. We are excited to expand the group, but need help to offset the ongoing cost.