Name: Evelyn Ntumba
Reported birthdate: August 1, 2010 (9 years old)
Favorite food: Apples and rice
Favorite activity: Playing hide and seek
Child is happy when... She is playing with friends
Child wants to be a... Doctor
Home information: Evelyn is growing up in the rural town of Luanshya in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. She is a single orphan, having lost her mother, and lives with her four siblings. Evelyn has two brothers and two sisters (she is the thirdborn). Their father is often not around, leaving the oldest sister to take care of them. She provides for them by collecting rent from tenants who occupy rooms in their house. Evelyn helps at home by washing plates. Her family has a hard time meeting their needs, and they struggle with hunger and the payment of school fees. Evelyn’s most immediate need is education.
School information: Evelyn was previously enrolled in a community school in her home village, before being sent away by the aunt who had been caring for her. Since then, she has not been able to attend school. 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). Evelyn’s family resides in the Kambilombilo compound in the Mikomfwa area of 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 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 Evelyn will have continued good health and a bright future.
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