Edan* is a joyful seven-year-old boy who, despite life’s challenges, has an energy and zest for life. Living with his aunt, uncle, older brother and a mother who is deaf and mute is extremely difficult, but coming to the Care Point daily has changed his life. His aunt and uncle have since become Care Workers, and Edan no longer has to worry about where his next meal is coming from, taking a huge burden off his family.
The overwhelming themes in Silas’* young life have been confusion, pain and tension. This can be attributed to the ongoing conflict between his family members over who should stand up and take responsibility for Silas.
Silas is a six-year old boy living in the community of Maranatha. In order to provide for his family, his father goes into the Democratic Republic of Congo to make charcoal. These trips require him to be away from the family for long periods of time. Additionally, Silas’ mother is with her other son who has been admitted to a hospital in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. It is unknown when either of Silas’ parents will return. So, for now, Silas is living with his aunt.
Silas’ aunt is young and struggles to take on the responsibility of caring for Silas. Silas is without a consistent parental figure to guide him and teach him.
A few months ago, Silas lost his eyesight but the reason remains a mystery. When Care Workers from Maranatha Community Based Organisation found Silas, they knew he was vulnerable and in need of their care and concern. Hands at Work is working closely with Silas’ Care Worker, Jack, to advocate for the young boy and his lost eyesight. In the meantime, Jack visits Silas and his family on a regular basis, reminding Silas that he is not alone, but instead, is very much loved.
At the Maranatha Care Point, 65 of the most vulnerable children in this community receive a daily meal, access to education and access to basic health care.
The Care Point has a bore hole which is used for collecting water to cook with and to drink.
The Care Workers are committed to bringing life and God’s love to the children they serve; giving them a reason to smile amidst difficult circumstances.