Zambia #5: It Takes a Village...
by Ebralie Mwizerwa, for the team
We arrived in Lusaka last night from Harare. We were warmly received at the airport by Rev. Victor Chilenje, former Moderator for CCAP Zambia. We were delayed and Kenya Airways had canceled our flight but transferred all five of us to Emirates airline. What a joy it was to finally arrive in Lusaka and meet our friends!!
This morning we visited the House of Moses and delivered some supplies, held babies and visited with House of Moses staff. The House of Moses is one of two crisis nurseries managed by Christian Alliance in Zambia. House of Moses receives vulnerable babies, even newborns. Some of them may be critically ill but thankfully the ones we found today are very healthy. House of Moses has a capacity of 30 children, all under two years old. When they reach two, they are transferred to the Bill and Bette Bryant Crisis Nursery not far from House of Moses.
All these children are brought here by the Government Social Welfare. Christian Alliance for Children in Zambia (CACZ) works tirelessly to care for and love on the children until they are stable enough to be with a parent, close relative, foster parent or adopted by a loving family.
In the last several years, Christian Alliance for Children in Zambia has embarked on programs that prevent kids from being abandoned. On our next visit this week, we will hear more about how this works. We will also hear about the success of these programs which are more focused on families.
As always, it is important to see how gifted and blessed the House of Moses staff is. The house is currently undergoing renovation and repairs. We appreciate your prayers for these children and for the staff. Outreach is committed to children and their families. God’s love compels us but we all know how true the African saying about raising up children is – it really takes a village to raise up just one child!!
We are now on our way to Siavonga where we will visit the Namumu Orphanage Center, meet the Namumu board and visit the Siavonga Rotary Club which has been a good partner to Namumu. Also in Siavonga, we will visit with St. Mark Presbyterian Church and meet Munjongo and Esther. Stay tuned!