Thank you for seeing us through another year at the Chabala Children’s Home. I am happy to report that all our girls are thriving in health and excelling in their studies. Favor and Ruth both scored high points on their exams securing them a place in the eighth grade. Both girls studied hard to achieve these scores and I am proud of their commitment to their studies. Zowi will be moving to tenth grade having scored highly on her exams as well. The remaining schoolgirls are happy and healthy, and all are advancing into the next grade. The youngest, who arrived at our homesick and malnourished, is now thriving and happy. Her excitement at beginning pre-school this year can hardly be contained. They all visited in the home of my mother for Christmas. It was quite an adventure for the girls and a joyous time for all.
I went in May to visit the children for the first time since the pandemic. It was good to see the work completed on the kitchen extension. The renovation has made the room more comfortable and food preparation much easier. Recently I was able to purchase some property adjoining the home. It has been my desire to purchase this property for some time. We will use the property to grow corn and vegetables and possibly to expand if the need arises. Here is a picture of me and the children standing on the property. During my visit, I took the girls on a trip to Livingstone. I wanted to educate them about their country.
In Livingstone, we drove on a safari and were able to see lots of native animals. We visited the statue of Dr. Livingston. We stood on the Kazungula Bridge where the borders of four countries meet: Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. We also went to Victoria Falls, one of the world’s largest waterfalls. On the next page are some pictures from our trip. I look forward to what the Lord has planned for us this next year. Thank you again for your support both financial and otherwise. May God’s blessings be on you and yours this New Year!
Founder, Chabala Mercy Foundation