Name: Janet Bweupe
Age: 11 years old
My favorite subject: English
Something I am proud of: Being in school and learning
Something I like to do with my friends: Reading and studying
How I help at home: Cooking
A word that describes me: Patient and loving
Something I have learned about God: It is good to pray to God
Home & school information: Janet lives with her mother, father, and siblings in the city of Ndola in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. She has been attending the Haven of Hope primary school in Ndola for several years and is now in grade 5. At the Haven of Hope school, Janet has been receiving a quality Christian education, daily meals, and medical care. When she eventually advances to grade 8, she will begin attending a government-run secondary school. Sponsorship will support her continued education and care through grade 12.
Community information: Haven of Hope's students in Ndola live in a number of "compounds" (shantytowns), where families often reside in small brick homes without running water or electricity. In the Copperbelt Province, copper mines provide the primary source of employment; however, the overall unemployment rate is high. Disease, including HIV and AIDS, has greatly affected the compounds, leaving many children without one or both of their parents. Poverty also keeps many children from attending school, as families struggle to meet their basic needs and afford school fees. The Haven of Hope school serves the poorest compounds in Ndola. The families and guardians of its students do not have the means to pay for their education and would be unable to send them to school without support. The language spoken by these students at home is Bemba, but at school they are also learning English, the official language of Zambia.
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