Name: Eunice Phiri
Reported birthdate: December 27, 2010 (9 years old)
Favorite food: Rice
Favorite activity: Playing ball games
Favorite thing about school: Praying
Child is happy when... She is playing ball with friends
Child wants to be a... Doctor
Home information: Eunice is growing up in the rural town of Luanshya in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. She lives with her mother and grandmother and has one younger brother. Eunice’s grandmother provides for their family through small-scale farming, but has had a hard time meeting all of their needs. Eunice helps at home by cleaning the house every morning.
School information: Eunice attended a preschool near her home, but her family was unable to continue her schooling due to their financial struggles. Through sponsorship, she joined grade 1 at the Haven of Hope Luanshya Primary School in January 2020. She now needs a new sponsor to support her continued education and care there. In Zambia, primary school lasts for seven years and is followed by five years of secondary school. At school, Eunice is receiving a Christian education, meals, medical care, and clothing.
Community information: Haven of Hope's students live in a number of compounds (densely populated communities). Eunice’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 there primarily depend on menial jobs for survival—working, for example, as garden hands, 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: Eunice asks for prayer that she will stay healthy.
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