Mervis – CH 739

Mervis – CH 739

$37.00 / month

RESCUE MERVIS THROUGH SPONSORSHIP

Hello, my name is Mervis.

I am a 9 year old girl in grade 3.
My birthday is August 5th.
My favorite subject in school is Mathematics.
In my free time I enjoy Cooking.
I would love to have you sponsor me.
I live in village of Kapuka and attend school at
African Vision of Hope in Chongwe, Zambia.

$37.00 per month

Meet Mervis

Mervis is an 9 year old girl from the village of Kapuka which is in Chongwe Zambia. At home Mervis’s duties include many household chores such as sweeeping, washing, and fetching water. She also has responsibilities in caring for her younger siblings and “extended” family. Mervis really enjoys learning about Mathematics in school and in the limited free time she has, enjoys Cooking.

Daily Life

Daily life for Mervis and her friends is very difficult. The majority of her friends from Kapuka, her home, are not able to afford to go to public school and survive on a single small meal per day. This meal is primarily made of nshima – a staple that is made of ground corn flour boiled in water.

Making An Impact

By being in school at African Vision of Hope Chongwe, Mervis is not only having her mind “fed”, but she is benefiting from a nutritious meal each day she 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.

Mervis 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.

Mervis 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. Mervis’s story can begin with you.

African Vision of Hope – Chongwe

The school in Chongwe is located in an extremely rural community, located nearly 5 miles off of a paved road, this school started under a single tree back in 2008 and has grown to a full campus. The campus is located in the heart of the “bush” and serves nearly 900 students from grade 1 through grade 12.In Zambia the school year runs from January through December. The children will have short breaks during April, August, and December.The school day begins around 8:00 am, lunch runs in shifts starting around noon. As classes wrap up during the afternoon, some children will stay at the campus to study or help classmates with studies while others must hurry off to perform “piece-works” which we would call odd-jobs. These “piece-works” are a necessary part of many of the children’s daily survival and are how money is earned to pay for living expenses at home such as rent, food, and clothing.

Kapuka

Kapuka is within walking distance to the school in Chongwe just one of the rural communities in the bush area of Chongwe. There are no streets, just simple dirt and rock paths that weave through out the rolling hills. This area is very remote, a much different pace of life than what most Americans are use to.

Home

Most of the homes are rented properties. Each house is generally a single room measuring 10′ x 10′. These houses will be constructed of hand made blocks – older homes of mud walls, tin or thatched roofs, and crudely made doors. A home as described will rent for about 350 Kwatcha per month. The average income for a family in the bush would be close to 400 Kwatcha per month. Once the rents are paid, the family will struggle to survive on the remaining 100 Kwatcha (about $9.00) for the entire month. Without African Vision of Hope these children would have no hope of attending school.

Living & Economic Conditions
  • The houses are typicaly found clustered together, and the clusters are then spread great distances from each other.
  • Standard construction is considered very poor.
  • The tasks of cooking, laundering, bathing are all tasks completed outside.
  • Water must be carried in for all tasks and is a major chore each day.
  • Unemployment is rampant – most work is “piece” work or day laboring.
  • Even though there is a very high death rate for children under 5 in these conditions – children are abundant and a never ending product of these environments.
  • It is not uncommon for families to sell thier daughters into marriage by 14 in this area.

Sanitation & Water

There is no public sanitation, just simple crude pit latrines located on the property. As well water is a difficult resource to find. Many families receive their daily needs from the well located on the school campus in Chongwe. Buckets and jugs are carried for miles, filled by hand pumping the water, then once filled to capacity walked the great distance home. Some families will pull water from a community “borehole” or shared stream. .

Struggling To Survive

Day to day survival for the vulnerable and orphaned children of Zambia is very difficult. A land locked country in southern Africa, Zambia suffers greatly due to the continuing pandemic of HIV/AIDS, starvation, and the inability to offer free education to its children.To quote Mary, one of the African Vision of Hope students,

Without education you have no voice, without education you have no future, without education you have no hope.

Empowerment through education is the key to these children being lifted out of these dire living conditions. You have the opportunity to shine the light of Jesus into the hearts of these desperate children. A blessed opportunity through your relationship and the writing of letters to speak hope into a world that has become hopeless to them.

$37.00 per Month

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Product Description

RESCUE MERVIS THROUGH SPONSORSHIP

Hello, my name is Mervis.
I am a 9 year old girl in grade 3.
My birthday is August 5th.
My favorite subject in school is Mathematics.
In my free time I enjoy Cooking.
I would love to have you sponsor me.
I live in village of Kapuka and attend school at African Vision of Hope in Chongwe, Zambia.

Meet Mervis

Mervis is an 9 year old girl from the village of Kapuka which is in Chongwe Zambia. At home Mervis’s duties include many household chores such as sweeeping, washing, and fetching water. She also has responsibilities in caring for her younger siblings and “extended” family. Mervis really enjoys learning about Mathematics in school and in the limited free time she has, enjoys Cooking.

Daily Life

Daily life for Mervis and her friends is very difficult. The majority of her friends from Kapuka, her home, are not able to afford to go to public school and survive on a single small meal per day. This meal is primarily made of nshima – a staple that is made of ground corn flour boiled in water.