The Story of Katetaula Community
Katetaula Community Based Organisation (CBO) was born when the Care Workers in Maranatha Community identified the need to open a second Care Point in the nearby community of Katetaula. The decision was made to create a separate CBO in Katetaula, with its own group of Care Workers and children due to the distance children had to walk each day to the Care Point. Care Workers from Maranatha alongside the Hands at Work local office team in Luanshya walked with and invested heavily into newly identified Care Workers in Katetaula, who began feeding children in April of 2014.
Children currently supported: 50
Number of Care Workers: 23
Coordinator Name: Sylvester
Distance from Luanshya Local Office: 70 km
Basic Services Started: 2014
When Care Workers from the local church gathered, God began the work of transforming and healing the lives of the most vulnerable children in Katetaula. As Care Workers are learning and growing in their understanding of Holy Home Visits and providing basic care to the vulnerable children in their community, they are uniting as a group. They are coming together to learn ways to encourage and support the children they care for. They have also participated in both Maranatha Workshops and Care Worker Foundational Training before commencing to offer the three essential services: food, education and health care. They have taken initiative by building a shelter with their own resources, and have made progress on doing Holy Home Visits. The Luanshya local office team and Zambia Regional Support Team (RST) will continue to walk with them as they grow.
Water continues to be a challenge in Katetaula. Care Workers wake up at 04:00 to fetch water for the Care Point. Katetaula only has one borehole and a few shallow wells which are rapidly drying up. Drought has exacerbated the shortage of water this community normally faces, and the water left is being used by livestock, causing contamination and water-borne diseases. Hands at Work has found a short-term solution; providing containers and sending someone from the CBO each day to fetch water from the neighbouring community, Maranatha, for the use of the CBO.
Recently the Chief of Katetaula, Chiwala, has given and officially demarcated land for the use of the CBO which the Care Workers are taking ownership of. They have been clearing the land and constructing temporary shelters so the Care Point can shift from one of the Care Worker’s homes. It’s a positive and encouraging step for the CBO. Their progress has already encouraged many and as they continue to walk in unity their efforts will have a tremendous and lasting impact. In 2018, the Care Workers finished the construction of a cooking shelter, benches and toilet at the new Care Point.
Ten-year-old Bruce* has been living with his grandfather since the death of his father in 2013 and his mother fleeing to the Democratic Republic of Congo with two of his siblings shortly thereafter. Bruce is frequently sick and his grandfather struggles to provide him with food and clothing. Since becoming a part of the CBO, Bruce is now receiving food and basic healthcare, as well as starting to build an encouraging and supportive relationship with his Care Worker, Elizabeth.
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 Katetaula. It also gives administrative support, including helping with funding proposals, monitoring and evaluation, bookkeeping and reporting to donors.