Rabbeca – Sponsorship

Hello, my name is Rabbeca

I'm a 9-year-old girl from the village of Kalikiliki, in Zambia.

I've been waiting 709 days for a sponsor.

I love attending the AVOH school in Kabulonga.
I am in grade 1 and my favorite subject is religious education.
In my free time I enjoy singing.
My birthday is March 4th.

I am a double orphan. Sponsorship is the most powerful way to change my world.

Child sponsorship is a way to make a lasting difference in Rabbeca's life. Your $30 will help provide her with:

  • Education opportunities
  • Life skills training
  • Clean water and nutritious meals
  • Basic medical care
  • The opportunity to hear and learn about Jesus Christ

As Rabbeca's Sponsor

You will receive a yearly updated photo of Rabbeca along with letters 1-2 times a year. You will also receive a welcome kit to fill out about yourself so it can be given to Rabbeca. This will help her get to know you and your family. A teacher or staff person will assist children who have yet to learn how to read and write.

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At home Rabbeca’s duties include sweeping the floors, washing dishes and fetching water. Making dolls out of clay to play with is one of Rabbeca’s favorite activities.

Daily life for Rabbeca 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 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 Rabbeca 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.

Rabbeca 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.

Jesus Instructed

  • “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 Rabbeca’s life. Your financial partnership has a tangible benefit to Rabbeca, but to Rabbeca, what she really desires and hopes for is a sponsor that will begin a relationship with her. You will be able to write to Rabbeca, to encourage her. You will receive letters back from Rabbeca as she updates you on her progress. You will also have the opportunity to meet Rabbeca face to face during a summer mission trip. Rabbeca 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. Rabbeca’s story can begin with you.

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About Zambia

Zambia, a landlocked country in south-central Africa, is about one-tenth larger than Texas.HIV/AIDS kills around 50,000 Zambians each year and has left around 1 million orphans throughout the entire country.

Daily life in rural communities revolves around agriculture, livestock and fishing. Everyday life can be a struggle, particularly when crops fail or people have to cope with illnesses.
Some village men head for the towns and cities to find work. Women often stay behind to care for children and elders. Many women carry out subsistence farming, growing food for their own families. They rely on local crafts, such as basket-weaving and pottery, for earning a little money or having items to exchange.

Quick Facts:

  • More than 15 Million people call Zambia home
  • The average girl stays in school only until she’s 13
  • 227 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • The average family earns less than $3 a day


Village Life

Day to day survival for the children we minister to is very difficult. The school at Kabulonga sits in the city of Lusaka. This is the capital city of Zambia. Lusaka in total population is nearly 1.2 million people. As is customary with many large cities, Lusaka is broken into smaller communities and villages, often referred to as districts or compounds. Kalikiliki & Mtendere are considered “shanty” compounds.

This definition is given by Zambian officials due to the fact these compounds were unplanned and therefore are unserviced by the government. In Lusaka, there are nearly 37 of these compounds. The population of these compounds can change dynamically, but some of these have grown very large, Kalikili is estimated to be home to nearly 50,000 people.

Living & Economic Conditions

  • Houses are packed in tightly together.
  • Standard construction is considered very poor.
  • For most the tasks of cooking, laundering, bathing are all tasks completed outside.
  • Water is primarily a shared resource – “taps” or hydrants will be central to blocks of homes and shared by the community.
  • Unemployment is rampant – most work is “piece” work or day laboring.
  • Streets & roads are at best dirt & rock paths.
  • 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 fathers to prostitute out young children for the price of a meal.

Possibly the very best description of these compounds can be summed up best by one of the recent graduates of AVOH, “these compounds are a very dark place to survive”.

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.

  • A Use For Everything

    A Use For Everything

    Nothing is wasted in the villages, including this old fridge that has been repurposed as a cabinet.

  • Selling Produce

    Selling Produce

    In the villages, it is common for people to be selling produce from their homes. This income is the only source for some families.

  • Washing Laundry

    Washing Laundry

    Most household chores such as laundry and bathing of the children are preformed in the front yard. The bucket is carried to the water tap, then the fresh water is boiled over a fire until it is warmed.

  • Dinner Is Cooking

    Dinner Is Cooking

    Nshima is being boiled for the daily meal at this home in the village.

  • Children From The Village

    Children From The Village

    These children represent the many that are awaiting a chance to go to school. These children know the pain of hunger and of loss.

  • AVOH Family

    AVOH Family

    This is one of our sponsored children from the village of Kalikiliki. A total of ten people call this 10′ x 15′ single room house home. This is not uncommon in the compounds.