The Story of KALENDE Community
Frederick moved to the small community of Kalende in the late 1990s in order to farm and settle down with his family. Kalende is home to approximately 1200 people. There is no government school or clinic so individuals must travel 14km to the nearest town for these facilities. As Frederick got to know the community better, he noticed a large number of school-aged children not being educated, rather being used in the fields for farming. Frederick’s heart was touched by the situation in Kalende and he felt challenged to teach and care for the vulnerable children. In 2001, his church gathered 45 children together under a tree and Kalende Community School began. In the same year, a church in Kalende provided a plot of land and construction began to build a school building. By 2006, the school accommodated 65 children, in grades 1 to 4.
Children currently supported: 125
Number of Care Workers: 21
Coordinator Name: FREDERICK
Distance from Luanshya Local Office: 30KM
Basic Services Started: 2011
In 2004, Frederick and his volunteers approached Hands at Work after hearing how they had partnered with a nearby community. As a result, the community school teachers received guidance from Hands at Work and a relationship was formed. In 2007, they became official partners with Hands at Work. By 2010, the school developed to become Kalende Community Based Organization (CBO), desiring to expand beyond just offering an education. Hands at Work encouraged Frederick to share the vision with the local churches; to see them unite as Christ’s body to care for the community’s most vulnerable children. As a result, in June 2011 a team of 25 local Christians were mobilised and trained to carry out home visits and care holistically for those they had identified as the poorest of the poor.
With the support of a Hands at Work partner, Kalende CBO are now caring for 100 of the most vulnerable children in their community. Until September 2015, Care Workers walked long distances to haul water, but a new borehole has provided access to safe, clean water right at the Care Point. The Care Workers also built a small cooking structure which will be used as their new kitchen. This is a vast improvement from their former kitchen which was just an area under a tree behind the school. And as for the school, a second building was constructed to double its capacity.
Many encouraging stories have come out of the CBO recently. A Relationship Group has been started and Care Workers are beginning to share their struggles and finding reconciliation within the CBO - forgiveness and unity have begun to form. The Care Workers are still on a journey towards healing and restoration, needing prayer that God will continue to work in their hearts and unite them further.
At 10 years old, Cheyenne* has already suffered through her father’s death and her mother’s abandonment. She lives with her grandmother who struggles to provide. As a result of local Christians coming together, Cheyenne has been guaranteed one hot, nutritious meal every day over the last five years. She has also received blankets and a mosquito net. She attends Grade 2 at the community school and what’s more, Cheyenne receives transforming, Christ-centred love in her Care Worker, Annie.
The Hands at Work office in Luanshya currently supports eight Community Based Organisations, which exist to care for the most vulnerable in their communities. The office provides training, networking, and encouragement to those Community Based Organisations like Kalende. It also gives administrative support, including helping with funding proposals, monitoring and evaluation, bookkeeping and reporting to donors.