Home of Hope Zambia
Home of Hope was designed to be a catalyst for comprehensive life-change for children. At Home of Hope, we are pioneering orphanages and care centers to make world changers from forgotten children. Located in the beautiful African plains of Northern Zambia an orphanage was launched in 2012. Together with the Sichone family, our other amazing partners, and many local community members, Home of Hope was established as not only an orphanage, but also as a community resource. This endeavor has rescued over 60 children from poverty and certain abandonment.
PROVIDING A FUTURE
When we began this wild journey to provide a home for up to 54 children in Northern Zambia, many of them were sleeping in fields and trash dumps, so a roof was a luxury. We believed we could provide that roof plus beds, toys, and hope. As we look to the future, our vision is to see every child that calls Home of Hope home transformed by the care they receive and go on to become difference makers in their own society and abroad. Home of Hope is committed to shaping the destiny of our kids and developing long-term, sustainable solutions to ensure their success.
At Home of Hope, we are committed to long-term financial sustainability for day-to-day operations and to seeking partners to come alongside us in our efforts to give each child an opportunity for a fulfilling life.
During the late spring of 2015, we rescued 5 newborn babies over a 3-week period whose mothers had died giving birth. This commitment to the helpless is a key piece of Home of Hope’s vision for the future and beyond.
We are pioneering orphanages and care centers to make world changers from forgotten children.
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With the help of Steve Tanner, a retired water specialist for the state of Idaho, the children were able to receive a slow sand filter which gives them clean water for drinking, washing, and recreation.
Along with the slow sand filter that provides clean drinking water to the children of Home of Hope, the creation of a new well and septic (a project that had been in the works for 2 years) was recently completed. Before, all the water used for washing purposes came from a basic 50 ft. well located beside the orphanage building, and bathrooms were limited to a row of 4 outdoor stalls with deep pits. Due to the shallowness of the well, silt would form inside causing contamination and running water inside the building was non-existent. Now, however, the new well is a standard 150 ft. deep (enough to avoid contamination), a reservoir tank was erected above the well for water storage, and a brand new septic was installed in order to provide indoor sinks and toilets; thus eliminating the need for outhouses and providing the children with modern bathroom amenities.
Part of L3’s long-term vision is to open a school for the children as a means to provide them a quality education and platform for the future. During our most recent visit to the Home of Hope, it was discovered that the property adjacent to the current building is for sale at the price of $35,000 Kwacha ($10,000 US) which includes a partially completed structure on 2 acres of land. Sensing an opportunity, the staff of L3 collaborated and decided that this would be the most ideal place to build the future school; provided that the funds are gathered to purchase the property. Education and opportunity are at the forefront of L3’s vision for the children of Home of Hope, as they will age out of the home after they turn 18. By shooting for the stars and opening a school on site, a quality education for the future will become a reality for each child.
Back behind the Home of Hope is a large vegetable garden with corn, beans, and other crops which serve as access to healthy food while teaching the children how to grow their own. Sustainable agriculture is yet another piece of L3’s vision with Home of Hope and future expansion of the garden will allow for even more provision for the children. Also, growing their own produce will also provide commodities for the children to sell at the local market; thus creating an atmosphere of entrepreneurship, enterprise, and self-motivation. More than anything, equipping the children of Home of Hope with the resources they need to be self-sustaining in the coming years beyond their time at the orphanage is essential; learning to tend a garden and reap the fruits of their labor is a conduit to ensure their success.
Every Little Bit Helps
Every year, donations of clothing, baby formula, blankets, shoes, and other items from generous partners in the USA are provided to Home of Hope. These provide the children and staff with access to what they would otherwise be in short supply of or even lacking. A prime example of this would be the baby formula supply- due to the significant number of children under 2 at the orphanage and little to no access to formula, the “next best thing” that the children receive for nourishment is a mixture of corn and water. Due to the lack of nutrition in this mix, many of the children fall ill. However, thanks to the donations of formula provided by the donors in America, the infants and toddlers are able to receive the nutrition they need to grow up healthy and strong. Additionally, new clothes, shoes, and blankets are received with joy and bring huge smiles to the faces of all the children, big or small.
Stories of Hope
12 year old Memory, at Home of Hope, came to us desolate in 2012. Her mother had contracted HIV AIDS and killed herself. Two months later, Memory’s father died. She was alone and living in fields, cold, hungry, and hopeless. Today, Memory is a healthy youngster, full of life and getting ready to start 1st grade.
One of the most incredible stories so far, Baby Lazarus was literally at death’s door when he came to Home of Hope. His mother had died while giving birth; no other family came forward to take him in, and having been overcome with a severe case of infant malaria, hope seemed to have faded for Lazarus before he had a chance. Now, 18 months later, Lazarus is a strong, healthy toddler- thanks to the efforts of Home of Hope and donations of medicine, formula, and care provided by volunteers across the world.
This young man was the very first baby brought to Home of Hope and adopted by Paul and Pamela Sichone , the directors of the orphanage. Emmanuel had been abandoned at birth; he was quite literally left on the roadside to die. By the grace of a Good Samaritan who noticed him and took him in, Emmanuel has grown up to be a strong young man; eager to learn and achieve his dreams.
The nation of Zambia (located in south central Africa) is making strides towards economic development. However, the remnant of orphans left behind by illness, poverty, AIDS, and broken homes remains a real and present danger to the emerging generation, especially in the north. Despite efforts made by world relief organizations such as UNICEF and others in the south of the country, northern Zambia has been overlooked and many problems remain. This creates an environment of despair and hopelessness among the people who live there.
Making a Difference
Would you partner with the Home of Hope in Zambia to shape a child’s destiny? $50 a month lifts a child out of despair and into the arms of caring mothers who educate, feed and raise these special kids. By supporting a child from Home of Hope, not only do you shape their destiny; you can begin a personal relationship with them and even come visit on one of HoH’s annual sponsor journeys in May/June. For more information, please CLICK THE LINK to partner with us.
The staff at Home of Hope is always looking to improve the quality of living for the children by maintaining and refurbishing the buildings on the HoH campus. Please consider donating to ensure adequate day-to-day operations of the base as we work towards sustainability through our farm and printing/coffee shop endeavors in Kasama, Zambia.
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