Name: Dorcas Ilunga
Reported birthdate: September 14, 2010 (9 years old)
Favorite food: Potatoes and sausage
Favorite activity: Skipping
Child is happy when... She is playing chef
Child wants to be a... Nurse
Home information: Dorcas is growing up in the rural town of Luanshya in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. She lives with her mother and other family members. She has six siblings—three brothers and three sisters (she is the sixthborn). Dorcas’s mother supports and feeds them by seeking piecework (menial jobs) around town each day. However, it is hard for her to meet all of their family’s needs and afford school fees for the children. At times, when she is unable to find work, the family must go hungry. Dorcas helps at home by fetching water and washing plates. Her most immediate need is education.
School information: Dorcas attended some school in another city, but has been unable to go to school since moving to Luanshya. With sponsorship, she will continue her education at the Haven of Hope Luanshya Primary School, starting grade 1 in January 2020. There, she 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.
Community information: Haven of Hope's students live in a number of compounds (slums). Dorcas’s family resides in the D compound in the Mikomfwa area of Luanshya. It is one of the most populous local areas, with a high unemployment rate and very high poverty rate. People in this compound primarily depend on menial jobs for survival—working, for example, as garden boys, maids, and small-scale farmers. Most families live in small houses. Families tend to be large, with a lot of children depending on their grandparents, aunts, or uncles in the absence of parents; other children live in child-headed homes. The compound has been greatly afflicted by HIV and AIDS, leaving most children without one or both of their biological parents. Living in poverty, most families struggle to meet their basic needs and afford school fees for their children.
Prayer requests: Pray that Dorcas will stay healthy, and that her family will have long life and a better future.
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