Name: Naomi Musenge
Reported birthdate: August 8, 2012 (7 years old)
Favorite food: Bananas and apples
Favorite activity: Playing ball games
Child is happy when... She is playing with friends
Child wants to be a... Doctor
Home information: Naomi is growing up in the rural town of Luanshya in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. She is a double orphan, having lost both of her parents, and lives with her grandmother and a few relatives. Naomi has one younger sister. Her grandmother is sick and bedridden, so their family survives on handouts from other relatives. It is very difficult for the grandmother to provide school fees for Naomi, and at times food. Naomi helps at home by cleaning their house and washing plates.
School information: Naomi attended preschool before her mother died. Since then, she has not been able to go to 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 (slums). Naomi’s family resides in the Mikomfwa compound in 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 small 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 Naomi will have a bright future through receiving an education, and
that God will heal her grandmother.
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