Name: Justus Kalunga
Reported birthdate: October 10, 2013 (6 years old)
Favorite food: Nshima (a staple food in Zambia) and vegetables
Favorite activity: Playing ball games
Child is happy when... He is playing with friends
Child wants to be a... Doctor
Home information: Justus is growing up in the rural town of Luanshya in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. He is a single orphan, having lost his father, and lives with his mother. Justus has four siblings—two sisters and two brothers (he is the fourthborn). His mother supports their family through her small business of selling vegetables on the street and has a difficult time meeting all of their needs and paying school fees for the children. Justus loves flowers and helps at home by watering the flowers outside.
School information: Justus has not previously been in school. With sponsorship, he will join the Haven of Hope Luanshya Primary School, starting grade 1 in January 2020. There, he 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 (densely populated communities). Justus’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 grandparents, aunts, or uncles in the absence of parents; others 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 God will give Justus’s mother wisdom in caring for her children and that they will grow up educated.
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