Name: Doreen Kachingwe
Reported birthdate: September 23, 2013 (6 years old)
Favorite food: Nshima (a staple food in Zambia) and vegetables
Favorite activity: Playing
Child is happy when... She is playing with friends
Child wants to be a... Teacher
Home information: Doreen is growing up in the rural town of Luanshya in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. She lives with her mother and grandparents, and has two older sisters. Doreen’s father abandoned their family. Her grandparents provide for them by doing garden work. Doreen helps at home by washing dishes.
School information: Doreen has not previously been in school. With sponsorship, she will join 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). Doreen’s family resides in the Mikomfwa compound in Luanshya. It is one of the most populous local areas, with high rates of unemployment and illiteracy. 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 mud houses. Families tend to be large, with a lot of children depending on unemployed parents, or on relatives in the absence of their parents. The compound has been greatly afflicted by HIV and AIDS, leaving most children without one or both of their biological parents. Alcoholism is also a problem within many households. Poverty has kept most families struggling to meet their basic needs and afford school fees for their children.
Prayer requests: Pray that God will give Doreen’s mother wisdom in caring for her children.
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