At the age of 13, Ethel* was set to be married to a much older man. Arrangements were being made by her relatives, but Betty*, Ethel’s grandmother, was very uncomfortable with the plan. She reached out to the Care Workers at the Malakota Community Based Organisation for help. Together with the chief in the community, they intervened on Ethel’s behalf to stop the marriage. The courage that Betty displayed and the trust she had in the Care Workers, is a beautiful example of the Christ-like love and care that the most vulnerable children so desperately need.
Clement* looks much better today than when local volunteer Care Workers in Malakota Community first encountered him. Malnourishment had left him sickly and lethargic; he was in very poor health. Under the care of his adult brother, Ivon*, Clement and his three sisters were barely surviving. Ivon relies on selling charcoal to support his younger siblings but has never been able to earn enough in this venture to keep the children fed and in school. When Care Workers saw the effects of hunger on Clement and realised the situation was not going to improve, they knew they must do something to support the family. When Clement was invited to the Community Based Organisation’s (CBO) Care Point, he began to receive, daily meals. The food made a big impact on Clement’s physical health and gave him enough energy to attend school. Norah, Clement’s Care Workers, visits him regularly which assures him that he is cared for and known. It is an encouragement to the whole family when she comes to their home. On one of her recent visits, she learned that Clement had developed malaria. Malaria is treatable if the appropriate medical attention is available. The brand new clinic in Malakota should have made the solution simple for Clement but when the clinic ran out of malaria medication, suddenly things became serious. Again, Care Workers intervened to save Clement’s life. Joyce, another of the Care Workers who serves in Malakota, travelled on her bicycle over 80km round trip to the town of Kabwe to buy the much-needed medication. Thank God for Joyce! Join us in praying for Care Workers like Joyce and Norah who have gone to great lengths to bring hope and life to children like Clement. May God continue to give them strength and perseverance to reach out to children and families in need.