"When I finished grade 12, I didn’t have any hope for the future or think that I could be someone because even going to school was difficult. It was common for my siblings and I to attend school with no lunch. Growing up, I never thought that I would go to college."
George Snyman will be visiting Australia in April. This is an exciting opportunity for people to come together to hear stories from Africa. We invite you to join him at one of these venues and listen to what God is doing in the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa.
In February 2017, Emerance, a dedicated local volunteer Care Worker, from the Maisha Community Based Organisation (CBO) was passing by the fields and noticed four young children working in the field and Liu laying lifeless in her great-grandmother’s lap; helpless and severally malnourished. Emerance acted out of compassion and urgency and took the children directly to the Care Point, so they could receive a meal that day. She knew that if they did not eat, there was a possibility that they would not survive.
Before he could even walk, Agnes would carry him on her back and he would look on as she cultivated her small plot of land, often working for 12 hours a day. Today, eight-year-old Jonah accompanies his grandmother to her field when he is not in school. He plays his part in helping his grandmother to secure their future.
"One day, when I came home from playing with my friends I found that my father had packed up my things and put them in the car. I wasn’t happy because I didn’t actually want to leave my grandmother but I had to go back with my father. This was when I met my siblings for the first time."
In early 2015, while visiting children on Holy Home Visits, Care Workers came across Clement and his siblings once again. The children were begging for food and the four of them looked malnourished and unwell. The loving Christ-like hearts of the Care Workers compelled them to follow the children back to their home and find out more about their situation.
Hands at Work are in the process of evaluating how our Community Based Organisation’s (CBO) will operate across Zambia during this season under the current government regulations. We are looking at alternative solutions to ensure the most vulnerable children continue to have access to important daily services.
When I was four years old my mother passed away and was followed by my father two years later. My grandma decided to take me in but I wasn’t treated kindly by the people in my village. When my grandma died in 1987, my uncle brought me to live with his family for two years before my auntie kicked me out.
When I first joined Hands at Work, I arrived totally saturated by the culture I had been raised in. But I guess this was to be expected! I had been born, raised and moulded by one particular culture and therefore carried with me certain expectations, norms and a sense of entitlement.
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George Snyman will be visiting Canada and the US at the end of October to the middle of November. This is an exciting opportunity for people to come together to hear stories from Africa. We invite you to join him at one of these venues and listen to what God is doing in the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa.
We do church mobilisation to build a relationship with the pastor because we want to hear their challenges, encourage them and show that we care. When people feel safe, they open up and engage in what God is doing in their community.