Name: Mwape Kasuba
Reported birthdate: July 11, 2012 (7 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... Nurse
Home information: Mwape 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 has three younger sisters. Mwape’s stepfather provides for their family by working part-time jobs in town, but he has a difficult time meeting all of their needs and paying school fees for the children. Mwape helps at home by sweeping and watering their vegetable garden. His most immediate need is education.
School information: Mwape 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). Mwape’s family resides in the Buntungwa 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 mud houses. Families tend to be large, with a lot of children depending on grandparents, aunts, or uncles in the absence of parents. 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 Mwape will be healthy and have a bright future through receiving a good education.
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