Earlier this year, our partners at Impact Zambia purchased a new vehicle to help with their various ministry activities. The vehicle was immediately put to use, delivering food and supplies to victims of the flash floods that hit Zambia in February.
Program Leaders Francis and Alex shared that when kids arrive at Shangilia Children's Home, you can see their suffering, but it doesn't last forever. "After some time, you see them playing and singing and it brings joy because of the change you see in them.
By the end of 2020, ECC had over 80 graduates, many of whom come from the Nuba Mountains, an isolated area that has been a key battleground in the 30-year conflict between Sudan and South Sudan.
You may know that 220 households from Impact Zambia churches were impacted by floods in late winter. With the support of our donors and churches, we were able to support families with essentials such as corn meal and basic meal supplies to survive after losing their crops and — in some cases — their homes.
We often hear from parents about the behavioural changes that they see in their children after their children return home from Village of Hope. Their children are kinder and more helpful, and many of those who used to rebel, steal, and drink no longer engage in those destructive activities.
One of the coordinators of the workshops said, “Many organizations that used to organize activities in honor of women were not able to do so this year. And yet, in this period of crisis, women are still suffering from all kinds of violence. I received a lot of positive feedback from people in the various groups."
Hilmar says that God is with his community, even though it has been hit hard with Covid. He's grateful for the opportunity to provide food, masks, and medicine for many people. He was able to maintain existing relationships and even build some new ones.
Emmanuel attended our carpentry skills session at the training centre and afterward was able to open his own workshop! He makes wooden beds, chairs, tables, and other products, including the doors for Daniel and Florence's new house. With his new income, Emmanuel is now able to send his children to school.