Wake up, walk a mile to retrieve water, carry the 40-pound jug your her head, walk a mile home, repeat. Eleven-year-old Angela Ngombe duplicates this process 5 or 6 times a day all day every day.

Being an orphan, she is seen as disposable, used only for the gain of the people who she lives with. Angela lost both parents when she was just 3 years old and has lived a nomadic life ever since, moving from one house to another. She has siblings, but they were all separated when her parents died. She has no idea where they are. The aunt she lives with does not work, so Angela is the sole provider for their household.

She was once in school, but was only able to complete up to grade 4 because of the 11-mile walk to and from class. Now she stays home cooking, washing, doing the house work, taking care of her aunt’s baby, and fetching the water used for bathing, drinking, washing, and cooking. She dreams of being a teacher one day, and says that she wishes she could be in school and see her siblings whom she misses terribly.

Angela is one of millions of orphans whose voices aren’t being heard because their society sees them as outcasts. At African Vision of Hope, we believe the calling of Isaiah 1:17 which commands us to “Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless.”

Our classes are full, and children like Angela are out of options. But, you can change this. Do you want to end extreme poverty in Zambia? It starts with an education. It starts with you.

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