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Let's help our street kids

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by Dando Mweetwa Reporter

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – At 12, Bwalya Mulenga says he already knows what it feels like to provide for his family. He knows the city like the back of his hand. Every day he guides his blind parents to and from downtown Lusaka, the capital.“I guide my parents to a site in town where they sit the whole day and beg,” he says.Bwalya says that once he leaves his parents, he quickly moves to another part of the city to beg. He walks into the roads when cars stop at traffic lights. He reaches out to the drivers to ask for 500 kwacha, 10 cents USD, or 1,000 kwacha, 20 cents USD, before the vehicles drive off.


Bwalya is tiny, but when he speaks he sounds like an adult. He says he begs on the streets because he has to help support his family. “I help my parents to pay rent, buy food and the cloths we put on,” he says as he lies in the grass with bare, muddy feet.
Bwalya, the middle child, says he and his two brothers don’t go to school. Instead, they must help to raise money for the family. Every morning at 5:30 a.m., Bwalya guides his blind parents from a small home they rent in Misisi compound to their begging spots before going to his own. They beg until around 5 p.m., then meet and go back home together.


They live in a tiny house in a shanty compound. Rent for a one- or two-room house without electricity there ranges from 40,000 to 150,000 kwacha, $8.50 to $32 USD, per month. While his mother prepares supper for them, the family talks about their earnings for the day. Bwalya says their earnings are usually sufficient to cover food and rent, but little beyond that. “We survive by begging,” Bwalya says. “Without begging we go hungry and they chase us from their home.” The same is true for many other children of blind parents in Zambia.


Bwalya is among the thousands of children who roam the streets daily begging for money, some who must help support their household because their parents are blind. Nongovernmental organizations, NGOs, and pastors strive to help these children, but say it is difficult to empower or educate them because they must spend their days earning money for their families. Although the government has created past initiatives to help street children and is focusing on blindness prevention, advocates say more needs to be done to empower blind parents and secure a future for their children.


Agnes Nakonde, a single mother who is blind, says begging is the only way she and her four children can earn money to support themselves. Though young, her children routinely follow passersby to ask for alms. Most times, they are denied.“It’s not always that people gives [alms],” Bwalya says. “Sometimes they insult us and treat us like we are not humans.”Bwalya says that even when they do earn a little money or food, the older street kids often take it from them. “They threaten to beat us if we do not give them our money,” Bwalya says.

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Last Updated on Friday, 27 July 2012 11:03

Partner in Caring

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We are continually grateful to our many donors and volunteers who have continually come through to help us achieve the many goals for this project.

Given the increasing capacity at Nyamphande over the planning period we anticipate that the school population will reach 1500 children by 2018, being educated in twenty – five new classrooms, in addition to those we currently use.
For quality education to all, Nyamphande has forged ahead with a high school so as to enable those that could not afford to further their studies.

PUBLIC LIBRARY

The school through a lottery club in America has managed to get a container which will be converted into a Public library for the school and the community. The lotter club in Zambia has also  made contributions towards this development.

COMPUTER LABORATORY

Though the board chair Apostle Cosmas Mwananashiku who donated funds for the purchase of computers, Nyamphande School will now have access technology.

Power Generator

Nyamphande does not have electricity due to its rural setting and to help with the many projects that we are sitting up we have managed to secure a diesel electric generator.
We are approaching potential new donors to help us raise up to $US300, 000 to build and equip the fifteen classrooms needed for our ECE-Grade 7 Primary section; and, up to the $US200, 000 needed to build and equip the high school. We are committed to the development of individual and community capacity to achieve academic excellence and be healthy, involved members of Zambian society.

We have now seen what started as faiths in action grow to reality.

We can now praise God that our first kids; one is entering university with a full scholarship to study medicine, and two others have enrolled to study accountancy with the overall academic performance of Nyamphande being the best in the district. Well over a thousand have passed through Nyamphande School to date.

We continue to pray for favours of God to sustain the ever growing needs of this institution.
"Together we can do this!”, "Together we will do this!"
God bless you
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 December 2016 15:49

Street kids in Kitwe

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Zambia Daily mail

By NKOMBO KACHEMBA

KITWE district commissioner Elias Kamanga says government has released K200 million for resolving the problem of street children in the city.
Mr Kamanga said the money was released early last week and that the funds will be used to remove children from the streets of Kitwe.


“We are concerned about the increase in the number of street children in Kitwe. To address this problem, government has given us K200 million,” Mr Kamanga said.
He was speaking in Kitwe on Thursday when Deputy Minister of Gender and Child Development Esther Banda paid a courtesy call on him at his office.
Ms Banda is on a countrywide tour to check on issues of street children, early marriages, increasing cases of defilement and gender-based violence.
Mr Kamanga told Ms Banda that the majority of street children in Kitwe have parents  with impaired sight who opt to live on the streets.


“We have a situation here where blind couples have over eight children and all those are offloaded on the street every morning with their parents asking for alms. So, we also need to address the plight of the blind,” Mr Kamanga said.
He also appealed to Ms Banda to audit women’s clubs that benefited from empowerment funds in the previous government before the next disbursement of money is done.
He said government resources should benefit the right people to reduce poverty in the country.


And Ms Banda said government will ensure that the problem of street children is addressed within the shortest possible time.
She also said government is committed to empowering women in the communities to reduce the high poverty levels.
“We want our women to form clubs because as government, we are not going to be visiting their homes to give them money,” Ms Banda said
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 07:41

SLOW BUT STEADY PROGRESS AT NYAMPHANDE

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Nyamphande has in the last month of May seen some progress taking place at the institution, some of the projects that where outstanding since 2008 are now coming to life and it’s our hope that the year 2012 will be a rebirth of Nyamphande which had given hope to so many but had in the last few years lost its direction.

Window falling apart due to vandalism

The year 2011 was a melting point for the institution and change was inevitable Nyamphande had strategic plans for the year 2008 to 2010. The building programmes of constructing staff accommodation was started by the Williston Church of God women’s ministry in the U.S.A who raised money for the construction of the teachers houses between the year 2006-2008 three houses where completed during that period and work slowed down after.

Teacher’s houses

It was however the prayer of Williston Church of God that the Government would be sending trained teachers to the school once accommodation was finished. That prayer by the Williston church of God did not go unanswered, the government of Zambia has started sending government teacher to the institution and they have also started sending teacher on work placement. So far this school term we have seen about 8 teachers who are station at Nyamphande doing their attachments. These teachers were given a warm welcome by the board members the P.T.A chairman and the president on 17th May 2012.


Teacher placement get a welcome from board members

Nyamphande has also seen an increase in the pass rate of students from grade 9 to grade 10 though most of these have little hope of entering grade 10 classes even after passing their exams. Nyamphande has always been sponsoring the students that have made it to grade 10 or College through its partners but due to Global financial constraints these sponsorships have also been affected.

Mr Mweene a government teacher doing his duty.

During Nyamphande’s strategic planning for the years 2008-2010 we where guided by Zambia’s efforts to achieve the 2015 Millennium Development Goal. Within that context, and bearing in mind the importance of educating the girl child, we concluded that there was an urgent need for Nyamphande to construct a high school as soon as funds were available. Being at the site, it will give us an advantage in encouraging local girls to stay in high school, given that the school is close to their home. This will support Nyamphande’s pursuit of gender balance in pupil access to education. Personal supervision, monitoring and mentoring of students will also be enhanced, as will administration.



The high school has now been revisited and has received the much needed attention since work had stalled during the past years. During the month of May 2012 the high school has been going through so much activities though the work has been happening at a slow pace, still deadlines have been set for the building to be completed July.

Board members and the P.T.A chairman inspecting the high school.

According to the human rights fact sheet number 10 which is published by the Centre of Human Rights, United Nations office in Geneva “one hundred and twenty million children between the age of six and eleven are deprived of schooling. Some 155 million Children under the age of five in developing countries live in absolute poverty.”


At Nyamphande we believe that the little support and efforts we put in can make a difference for each individual child that we help.
The board members have put in a lot of efforts in seeing that the orphaned and the vulnerable children are no longer neglected but given the same opportunity as every other child. The members have been on site and coordinating the works that are taking place on the ground they have also taken a hands on approach in the administration of project through sacrificing their time from work and family.



On Sunday the 13 of May the Cathedral of Miracles Church of God in Lusaka Chipata compound come together with other congregations in order to fulfil another dream and hard work that the Williston Church in America had invested in. The theme of the service was called the big Sunday service for Williston Church of God Nyamphande. The aim of the service was to raise 25million kwacha for the construction of the roof. About 18 million was raised in the church on 13th May 2012 including pledges from well wishers. A lot of touching testimonies were shared about Nyamphande from those that had been touched in one way or the other by the project.

The Williston Church of God at Nyamphande

Among those Guests at the big Sunday service Where:-
·    Bishop Charles Karangwa the Regional Superintendent for Church of God Central Africa.
·    Bishop J.H Mambo the former Regional superintendent for Central Africa and current president of Nyamphande.
·    Bishop Danny Phiri.
·    Bishop Naison Nyonyo
·    Nyamphande Board members
·    Nyamphande P.TA chairman
·    Nyamphande School representatives
·    Nyamphande secretariat

Last Updated on Friday, 22 June 2012 09:50

Student with a Bright Future

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RosemaryNyamphande alone does not produce children with high grades, it takes students hard-work and Commitment to produce the best grade, but for Rosemary and Elizabeth it takes more than that. These children’s hard work at school through, all the hell that they have walked through makes one wonder how they do it.

Rosemary is a 16 year old girl who goes to school at Nyamphande Community School and Orphanage. Rosemary lost her father Mr. Kambila through H.I.V her mother Miss Mabile Chibala is also terminally ill with H.I.V and she needs constantly taking care which is mostly done by little Rosemary.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 16:01

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We would like to thank the following organization and well-wishers for giving the children of Nyamphande a wonderful Christmas:-   WILLISTON CHURCH OF GOD (AMERICA) THE FOUNDING PRESIDENT – BISHOP JOHN MAMBO HAZIDA...

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Nyamphande Orphanage & Community Schools

Plot 2256/7417,
Lundazi Road,
Off Leopards Hill Road,
P.O Box 31337,
Lusaka 10101
Zambia

 

Telephone: 260 211 263 355 / 261 348

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