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Ndeke Evangelical Church of Zambia

blog post pic ellenNdola, Zambia 

“Orphan Care Ministry”

Forgotten Voices partner since 2009

Current Impact:

  • School requirements paid for 24 primary and secondary school students
  • Training for 20 volunteer home based care providers
  • Home based care and food assistance for 20+ households
  • Income generation grants for 3 widows
  • Tuck shop providing employment and generating income to start sustain-ably supporting orphan care
  • Well providing clean water access to the surrounding community
  • Psycho social support for 60+ children

Current Goals:

  • Continue pursuing income generation initiatives to foster financial self-sufficiency of families and church ministries, with the primary focus on launching a poultry project.
  • Increase revenue from the tuck shop in order to support more school fees for children
 

Orphan Care Spotlight: Home Based Care


homebasedcareWhile the list of meaningful ministries at Ndeke is long and impressive, HOME BASED CARE has become their hallmark ministry among orphaned and vulnerable children and families. Over the years, a group of 20+ women have dedicated their time and attention to being trained in vital skills for community work, and then pouring out their efforts into the local community. Traveling by foot or bicycle, they visit homes to assess and address the most pressing needs there – both physically and emotionally. Then in consultation with the church’s broader ministries to widows and orphans, they act. Cleaning homes, delivering food, medicine and clothing. Helping to find appropriate housing. Sitting with the sick, the dying and the grieving. They provide grief counseling, spend time in prayer and encourage struggling children and caregivers facing great loss and poverty. 

 

 
Pastor Vincent’s own family leads by example, having taken in several children who had no where else to go. Many of these volunteers are not without their own struggles. Some are widows whose children have had their school fees paid by the church. Some are HIV+ or struggle with other terminal diseases, and will one day require the same care they are currently providing for others. All recognize they have something to offer, and have invested their time in the needs of others, even as the church invests in them as well. This is the trans-formative power of a church – to know and understand the unique needs of the people and to foster a community where everyone can both give and receive.
 
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