Village of Hope in Zambia
The mission of All Kids Can Learn International (AKCLI) is to rescue and care for orphaned and vulnerable children, seeking economic sustainability, to the Glory of God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Village of Hope provides orphaned children with quality care, education, Christian discipleship training, vocational training, and employment settings in which to grow and thrive. At Village of Hope in Zambia, these children live in family households with Zambian ‘mothers.’ They attend school, learn basic skills, are discipled as followers of Jesus, and laugh and live in a place of love and caring.
- The first grade 12 class graduated from the School of Hope, our mission partner in Zambia, on November 18. We rejoiced to see what God has done in 8 years at the School of Hope. One of the speakers from the District Education Board remarked about how the entire campus was just bush a few years ago. God is amazing! In a country where only a tiny fraction of students ever complete the 12th grade, here were 30 rural youths filled with ... more
- How can students in Zambia learn to read without books to read? How can students in Zambia learn about our world without books to read? How can students in Zambia become world citizens without knowing about the world beyond their villages without books to read? Public (government) schools in Zambia have no books, so of course no libraries. Towns and cities do not have libraries. Most people do not have access to the internet so without books or internet it is impossible to do research, ... more
- Are You Starting Back to School? So are students at the School of Hope in Zambia. August is a vacation month in Zambia, so students go back to school in September just like students in the USA. September is three-fourths of the way through the school year in Zambia. The school years ends the first week of December and students will start a new grade and year in January. How Big is Your School? The School of Hope currently has 550 students, preschool through grade ... more
The Challenges in Zambia
- Water: We are in the 4th year of the drought. Water levels in the aquifers have gone down and small farmers are running out of water. For the first time in our nine years in Zambia, the temperatures have been consistently running close to 100 degrees. A Zambia farmer just behind us said he is singing the “no water blues”. Although it sounds humorous, it is quite serious. No water means no food; low water means little food. Our 2016 corn harvest was ½ of our 2015 yield. Please pray for our next crop, and that the drought would break soon.
- Electricity: The government has reinstituted power cuts for 8 to 12 hours a day. This affects many normal business activities, but it effects our drinking water availability and especially limits our ability to irrigate our crops. Our water tanks in the Village have been running dry more frequently. We need to double our storage capacity for domestic water. We are praying for help buying 3 more tanks and tank stands.
- Fuel: The price of diesel and gas has increased 30% to $5.30 a gallon. Since Zambia has no seaports, all products must be transported by trucks. This causes everything to increase in price, especially products like our agricultural fertilizer that are heavily dependent on petroleum.
- Cost of Power: Although we have less electricity, we have been told that our price for power will triple. For the Village of Hope and the School of Hope, that means our electric bills will go from $600 a month to $1,800 a month. We are doing everything we can to minimize our use of the electric grid: solar lighting kits for each childrens’ cottage; solar water pumps for the water supply to our cottages. We are praying for additional solar water pumps.
- Lot of Mouths to Feed.Hunger: Many people throughout the country will continue to suffer. The 2016 Global Hunger Report ranks Zambia as the third hungriest country on earth for children. It is critical that we continue to grow our crops and continue to provide the 170,000 nutritious meals a year we prepare for our school children and staff.
- Inflation: According to the Zambian Office of Central Statistics, as of September, the Annual Inflation Rate for food items was 23.4%; non-food items was 14%. This contributes to hunger as food moves beyond the financial reach of many rural Zambians. Please pray that our Zambian business activities are able to help offset these inflationary increases.