Kantolomba, Zambia update

Found in: SCEA News | Published on: 27 January 2016

Dear Kantolomba Sponsors,

I just want to take the opportunity to thank you for your generous giving in 2015. The Kantolomba project has moved forward in leaps and bounds this year as a result of the care and concern of people like yourselves.  God’s Son was given to us for our freedom and hope in eternal life. It is great that as His children we can also reflect His character by bringing forth hope to others who have fallen on hard times. 

Child Sponsorship

For those of you who sponsor children it is comforting to know that your sponsor child has progressed a grade this year and has moved a step closer towards fulfilling their dreams.  Your giving has also enabled in each family to receive a Christmas hamper to help them through the summer break. 

Women’s Empowerment 

For those of you who have supported the women’s empowerment program it has been a really encouraging year both with women graduating from the program but remaining in their self-help groups to support one another in their individual and cooperate enterprises.  The farming pilot program was a success with the women harvesting 30 bags of maize which bought in a total of 1984 Kwatcha (approximately $250 Australian).  They were able to successfully open a bank account with Indo Zambia Bank with a deposit of 3500 Kwatcha which is about $440 Australian.  They are now also registered as a cooperative which means that the women can have access to farming subsidies and entrepreneurship programs.

More opportunities to help transform lives 

Currently five of our women are being trained in a six month design and tailoring course and the plan is for them to train the other women in the village with these newly formed skills.   The Bank of Zambia has kindly donated two industrial sewing machines but in order for this program to become successful the project will require at least ten more machines.  These Singer sewing machines retail at $550 Australian each.  So if you would like to donate the money to purchase one of these machines please make a tax deductible donation to the following link www.gdg.org.au/WEJ698N.

Also the opportunity exists for one of our sponsors to enable the whole women’s empowerment group to benefit.  This season the women are planting peanuts and hope to produce peanut butter which they can then package and sell.  To make this possible they require a peanut butter machine which retails at $680 Australian. If you are interested in purchasing this for the women’s empowerment group please make a tax deductible donation to the following link www.gdg.org.au/WEJ698N.

Finally, thank you again for your support and concern for the families of Kantolomba.

Kind regards,

Ray Hockley