Name: Abel Sitabisha
Reported birthdate: September 1, 2015 (6 years old, but appears younger)
Favorite food: Chicken and rice
Favorite color: Green
Child is happy when... He is playing football with friends
Child wants to be a... Medical doctor
Home information: Abel is growing up in the rural town of Luanshya in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. He lives with his mother, older brother, and younger sister in a one-room house. His father left them a few years ago and remarried. Abel’s mother supports their family by washing people’s clothes. It is a challenge for her to meet her children’s needs. Abel helps at home by fetching water and sweeping the surrounding.
School information: Abel has not attended school before. Sponsorship will support him at the Haven of Hope Luanshya Primary School, where he will start grade 1 in January 2022. There, he will receive an education, learn about the love of God, and receive meals, medical care, and clothing. In Zambia, primary school lasts for seven years and is followed by five years of secondary school. Abel’s older brother, Peter, also looks forward to joining the Haven of Hope school in January.
Community information: Haven of Hope's students in Luanshya live in a number of compounds (densely populated communities). Abel’s family resides in D-Compound. In the compounds, unemployment and poverty rates are high, and people primarily depend on menial jobs for survival—working, for example, as garden hands, maids, and small-scale farmers. Families tend to be large and live in small houses. The compounds have been greatly afflicted by HIV and AIDS, leaving many children without one or both of their biological parents. Orphaned children are often cared for by their grandparents, aunts, or uncles; other children live in child-headed homes. Living in poverty, most families struggle to meet their basic needs and afford school fees for their children.
Prayer requests: Abel’s family requests prayer for the blessings of good health and provision.
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