Martha is 1 of 7 children all being raised by a single mother. Because her mother never had an opportunity at an education, she is forced to work as a maid. As a maid Martha’s mother earns about $50.00 per month. The little one room “house” they call home consumes the majority of that income, leaving around $5.00 per month for living expenses. A simple bag of ground corn meal that would provide every mouth a single meal a day would cost $8.00, so quickly you can see the challenges her family is facing. Out of her 7 siblings, 5 of them are attending school at African Vision of Hope at our Chongwe campus. That means for Martha and 4 of her siblings, they are guaranteed one meal per day and beyond the education they are getting, this nutrition is an additional blessing for the family. At home Martha’s duties include sweeping the floors, washing dishes and fetching water. Playing Chinese jump rope is one of Martha’s favorite activities.
Daily life for Martha and her friends is very difficult. The majority of her friends from the village are not able to afford to go to public school and much like her and her family, they survive on a single small meal per day – primarily made of nshima – a staple that is made of ground white corn flour boiled in water. By being in school Martha is not only having her mind “fed”, but she is benefiting from a nutritious meal each day he is in school. The majority of these children live with a single parent or relative. Others have been forced to live with whomever will take them in, and being forced to the streets by the age of 6 is not uncommon.
Martha and her friends not only have physical poverty but they a poverty that can’t be seen. They have lost hope and do not believe that their life matters or that they matter. This is why African Vision of Hope is different.
African Vision of Hope takes the message of John 21 and puts it into action.
- “Feed my lambs” – We take that literally and ensure a daily nutritious meal to each student.
- “Tend my sheep” – Our staff is caring for the “least of these”.
- “Feed my sheep” – Our education not only is of the highest standards, but is centered around sharing the Hope of Christ with each child.
This is your opportunity to partner with us in making a real and lasting difference in Martha’s life. Your financial partnership has a tangible benefit to Martha, but to Martha, what she really desires and hopes for is a sponsor that will begin a relationship with her. You will be able to write to Martha, to encourage her. You will receive letters back from Martha as she updates you on her progress. You will also have the opportunity to meet Martha face to face during a summer mission trip. Martha desires to know that someone cares for her, thinks she is of value, and needs someone to encourage her, that there is truly a Hope for a better tomorrow. Martha’s story can begin with you.