I am back!! Not that I went somewhere, rather the place where we access internet ( KEPA Zambia) was closed for the Christmas break. They opened today and I am mecemarised with the headways we are making towards making the Mutendere school a reality.
Happy with what you guys ahve been doing. I am greatfull to you all. I just wonder at some people who waste millions o f Pounds and Dollars on football when we have Americans in New
Oleans struggling after Katrina, how about the hunger and diseases in Africa not to mention poverty? Surely some people have their priotities twisted.
Our women have undergone two trainings and are knowlegable as a group they will be doing a lot of things which will enclude Candle making, Tie and dye, Crotiating to mention just three. By the way Happy birthday to Sara and her daughter
There're tow computers out of four that are working at the library today. It is really a
hastle as we all have a lot to catch up on in our
For the weather it is all clouded and thounderstoms. It was falling heavily in the night and stoped a bit at day break. It has given us some time to walk around today. I hope that you're all enjoying your new year We are very fine here and almost complete with the school drawing plan we have involved a contractor who is also got friends at the city council, He knows the
starndards of the schools that will be approved by the City council. He is also helping us to quantify the costs of the whole project as a contractor who builds home and schools, he knows the prices of almost every iterm. Carrently he is building the Chinese Resthouse for the chinese. He has 40 work force under him.
We hope to send these drawings to Sara and Willeke who will intern put them on the site for our
architect in Spain too to check and advise on the building plans at his time.
We have every hope that we can make mutendere school a reality in 2006.
We love you all and keep up the good work.
Ralph & Agnes
Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice and equity for all. One can not fully say Zambia is peaceful when 80 percent of its people live like refugees in their own country. Where is the peace when millions are starving and lack of education and adequate health care.
There are laws that enslave a man and laws that set men free. There is peace that can only be found on the other other side of war! And if that battle must come, we must all fight it to the end. Over 8 Million Zambians today are at war. We are at war against the horrors of disease, hunger unemployment and extreme poverty.
The number of children between zero and 18 years is estimated at six million out of the population of 10.2 million. From the six million1.1 million were orphans, that consists about 19 percent of the total number of children in the country.
The Number of orphans due to HIV/AIDS, by statistics from the Central Statistics Office, is at 630,000 and this means that about 60 percent of the children have been orphaned due to HIV.
The greatest tragedy in Zambia is that we concentrate on removing the cobwebs leaving the spider intact.
Lets kill the spider through education, help us build the school for the community.
I send everyone in Mutendere my warmest wishes for your future health and happiness.
I hope that we shall successfully join together to address and solve the issues described on this website
Very best regards
On behalf of all the members of Mutendere village, a warm welcome to Iona.
We look forward to chatting with you and working together.
Very best regards
A fundamental challenge facing every community is to create an economic and social systems that promote peace, human welfare and the sustainability of the environment on which life depends. We believe as KWM that
the best way to meet this challenge is to encourage initiatives by the community and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among othe non-profit, government and business sectors; and
to ensure participation by men and women from
all levels of society.Our number one dream is to build a school for our community. And we believe we will overcome these challenges and realise our dream.
We welcome Iona to this great team and hope to chat and work together.
Ralph and Agness
First, welcome Iona! Feel welcome at Mutendere! :lol:
I've got great news, [b]Simon and I will visit Mutendere for 3 weeks in June!!![/b]
I really look forward to see Ralph, Agnes and the other board members again and to help with building the school! :lol:
I hope we'll be able to buy the plot asap and start the building!
It would be impossible to overcome HIV/AIDS if girls were not educated to stand up for themselves. Education was a crucial factor to prevent girls from contracting HIV which was prevalent in Zambia among young people.
An educated girl was three times less likely to contract HIV because of the imformation she aqauires from school. We wont be able to turn back the pandemic unless we change female disparity that is deeply rooted in our community.
Society, especially in cetain tribes here in Zambia, has educated girls to be too submisive, in fact from as early as puberty, girls are tought how to please a man which predisposes them to hiv infection.
If the girls were not educated to stand up for themselves, it will be impossible to overcome the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Help us educate the girl child by donating to the constraction of the new community school which will take in these children who would ordinarily not get an education.
Thak you Willeke and staff for seting up 'School Child Africa Foudation' in Hollad. And for all of you neighbours, Thank you for all your ideas and innitiatives to raise funds. We are thinking well of you and keep up the good works
Raising the bunner of education higher!
Raising the bunner of education high!
If you have not already written Sandra.
I'm sure one of your heartfelt letters
will get at least some advice from
Step By Step Fundraising
Wichita Falls, Texas 76306,
Lately we have been sharing what we have been trying to say to the community. We have posed questions like, what sort of a community are we looking for, what kind of people are needed for the creation of this community.
We believe that if a responsible community is to come into being, everyone must realize that he counts and his contribution matters. Since we begun this school in this community, we have received a lot of negative attitude from the community ranging from name calling to sabotage. We did not give up but continued to interact with the community letting them know that this school was theirs and their children. I am happy to report that our massage has paid off. Ten months down the line, we have an understanding community that is not only willing to come for any meeting we could call upon but also given itself to help with the cleaning of the school surrounding!
I therefore want to call upon all neighbors to :-
Help support these children by fostering. We have no exact number of children infected with HIV/AIDS but certainly all are affected by the same disease through loss of parents.
To think seriously about the plight of these children and widows and see how we can provide effectively to them. To which most of them need food. If you know of people or companies that can send us Milk and rice we could appreciate so much.
Let us cooperate in mobilizing resources to help build a permanent school for the community. When the school is complete, 4 communities will benefit namely, Mutendere east, Mutendere, Helen Kaunda, Kalingalinga and Vera Chiluba,
Those in the corridors of ‘The haves’ should share with those in the corridors of ‘The have nots’ There are a number of things that the west just treat us trash which could be very useful in Africa. Look around and see the things that you and your family are no longer using, it could be as ‘small’ as a laptop and as ‘big’ as a child’s doll or toy it will go a long way here in Africa.
If you have some item or something and you want to communicate to us please do not hesitate to get in touch with Carol and Ralph Sechriest at email@example.com or Sara and Marty at, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Willeke Versluis at, email@example.com (Willeke and Simon, will be coming to Zambia this June) or you can write to Annet Vanhoorn who is here is Zambia and working with us at, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for visiting our site.
We love you.
Ralph and Agnes
We are enjoying the ministry of children here. By April this year, King World School, will be clocking one year of existence in Mutendere Community! We can proudly say that with the support of our friends in the West, who are sponsoring some of these children and helping us run the school, We are now communicating in the Queen’s language (English) with the children.
I stooped to greet one girl who was just drying her hands with her dress. To me she was too young to speak, I knelt next to her and greeted.
“How are you dear”? I greeted
“I’m fine” She replied,
“Why are you not eating your food” I enquired as it was lunch time. And to my surprise she replied “I’m eat, see” stretching her tiny hands to my face.
I new she meant to say, I have eatten already.
To be frank, she made my day and after investigations I found out that she was in baby class and her name was Agnes! To this experience I want to say a BIG thank you to you all our friends who have stood behind us to support the work we are doing. We wish we could make you a return for the financial support you continue rendering. But we have nothing worth your acceptance except to pray for your businesses that God’s blessing will rest upon them and your families and that He will prosper you.
Thank you again and keep up the good work.
Have been busy lately but fine. Gues everyone is fine too. Its wonderful to see the new neighbour to join Mutendere. Welcome Eduardo from Bolivia. You are free to take part in the on going discussions led by our 'Iron lady' -Jane and post them on the site. Everything is an open book here. Jane shakes everyone up who tends to sleep on her. I love her motivational strategy.
Jane, Sara, thank for spear heading the discussions. We filled in the form Willeke sent to us from 'Wilde Genzen' an organisation with potatial to fund our project. I await for further instructions from Willeke, meanwhile she told me to atay put.
May I mention here that Annet Van Horn, the lady we gave an African name as 'Mtinta' because of her hard work in our community, left for home (Holland) today. We will sadly miss her though she continues to work from there it will not be the same as when she was here with us. We will miss her laughter too! We pray she and her husband can make their way back to Zambia agin.
Yes, Jane's point on a 'long term sustainable programe' needs to be devised. As regards to the plot, I can assure you that before the World Cup games start in Germany, King World Missions will be a 'proud owner' (to use Willeke's words) of a piece of land. Annet and I saw the land again on Tuesday last week and Wendsday we saw the papers (Tittles) to the same piece of land. The goodness is the lady(owner) who works at the Ministry of Lands, is willing to sell this piece of land to us despite the many biders. This is a way of her contributing to the nobal task we are doing.
I hope to speak to you soon.
Bye and God bless,
Thank you very much for inviting me to this village. Do let me know how can I be the most helpful to you.
I need to understand about the village and its need.
Looking forward to hear soon.
Much Blessings and Love,
The presence of a beloved child in any family brings fullness of joy to many as they now love and cherish this little life as they care for it as a gift from God. King World Missions, which stands on Christian principles, have been privileged to look after 40 of this little ‘Angels.’ Pleas pray for this work in Mutendere, Zambia as we seek to provide ‘a safe anchorage’ for other little ones in need.
Just to say that Marty and I are still around!
I hope to be able to catch up with Ralph, Agnes and Jayne soon in chat.
Sorry for being out of touch.
Hope you're enjoying the World Cup! :D
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