Kabushi/Mushili Evangelical Church of Zambia
“Orphan Care Project”
Forgotten Voices partner since 2010
- Steward new income generation initiatives to foster financial self-sufficiency of families and church ministries.
Orphan Care Spotlight: Water & Agriculture
In the past few years, several new features have been added around the simple church building at Mushili ECZ. A mini borehole pump. A field of maize. A fuller church on Sunday morning. None of which were directly funded by Forgotten Voices but have a lot to do with our partnership.
Kabushi/Mushili ECZ is a prime example of how Forgotten Voices’ investment extends far beyond what our partnership funds directly – like school fees, skills training and local income generating projects.
Those essential services are only half the story. Because of the solid foundation of care we’ve helped the church to establish, they now have opportunities to build up even more holistic services. Together with the local community, they worked with another regional organization to establish a mini borehole on-site. It provides water to the church, the community and a new garden. The garden was established as the church chose to allocate some of their limited resources toward seed and fertilizer to improve food security – and yielded over 40 bags of maize in the 2014 harvest!
Beyond these tangible new initiatives, the ability to pay school fees for children has opened opportunities for church staff and volunteers to visit homes of children regularly, ministering to their entire families and checking on their emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. And the pastor recently shared with our Zambia Director that our relationship has been the cause of an increase in giving and new membership. They are currently extending the church facilities. Perhaps most touching, a young man now employed in the capital – but who finished high school thanks to our partnership funding – recently sent a donation to help with the church’s expansion. When we talk about quiet investments in custom plans creating sustainable income and care – this is what we mean!