Name: Mapalo Zimba ("Mapalo" means "blessings" in Bemba, the local language)
Reported birthdate: April 16, 2012 (7 years old)
Favorite food: Rice
Favorite activity: Playing ball games
Child is happy when... She is playing with friends
Child wants to be a... Nurse
Home information: Mapalo is growing up in the rural town of Luanshya in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. She lives with her mother and other family members. She has two older sisters. Her grandmother and other relatives help provide for their family. Mapalo helps at home by cleaning the house.
School information: Mapalo 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 (densely populated communities). Mapalo’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 Mapalo will stay healthy and have a bright future through receiving a good education, and pray for peace for her family.
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