The Story of NISSI Community
The community of Nissi sits on the edge of Kapiri Mposhi and many people pass through daily. This transient community faces high levels of prostitution when desperate families have no other choice of employment to find food. Much of the land in Nissi has been sold, leaving local people with very little land from which to produce their own crops. In turn, because food must travel a far distance from other communities, prices in the markets are steadily increasing and become out of reach for the most vulnerable families.
Children currently supported: 150
Number of Care Workers: 27
Coordinator Name: MARY
Distance from Kabwe Local Office: 50 KM
Basic Services Started: 2010
Since the government took over community schools in the areas surrounding Kapiri and school fees must be paid, many children faced an uncertain future with no education. The majority of girls face many dangers as they grow up. With a lack of employment and a serious shortage of food, prostitution, early marriages and teenage pregnancies are all too common. Men often flee the community of Nissi in search of work in the city, leaving boys lacking positive male role models. Many young boys engage in stealing to fund dangerous alcohol and drug abuse.
Though many clinics exist in Nissi, medication is often unavailable. There are hundreds of children in need of even the most basic of services. However, there are a group of dedicated volunteers who want to bring the hope of Christ to those in Nissi. They have formed a Community Based Organisation (CBO) and seek to identify the most vulnerable and provide life-giving services as well and parental love and care. In order to address the most essential needs of an orphaned or vulnerable child in the Kapiri area, Hands at Work aims to provide one nutritious meal to each child per day. Nissi CBO began assisting 20 children in 2010 and has now increased to 100 children, using a local church building as the feeding point.
Second and third Care Points were opened in Nissi Community at the beginning of 2016, in the areas of Material and Ndeke. This coincided with the increase to 100 children being cared for. Opening the Care Point in Material, especially, was a huge encouragement to the Care Workers and caregivers because of the desperation in this region. Children can now safely come to the Care Point to receive access to basic services. There are still many more vulnerable children in this area, and the Care Workers are determined to continue their work in serving these children and uniting them together.
Katai*, at age 6, lives with her grandparents and 15 other siblings. The children would often beg from neighbours for food and collect used charcoal from rubbish pits to cook with. The greatest challenges Katai faced were those of food security and clothing. Since Katai was brought under the care of the CBO and in particular, her Care Worker Mary, Katai’s health and general wellbeing have improved greatly. Katai loves to play with her friends and enjoys going to church.
The Hands at Work office in Kabwe currently supports six 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 Nissi. It also gives administrative support, including helping with funding proposals, monitoring and evaluation, bookkeeping and reporting to donors.