Name: Zunedi Sundi
Reported birthdate: November 16, 2017 (currently 5 years old)
Favorite food: Fish, beans, and nshima (a staple food in Zambia)
Favorite activity: Moulding clay toys
Child is happy when... He is watching cartoons
Child wants to be a... Soldier
Home information: Zunedi is growing up in the rural town of Luanshya in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia. The Haven of Hope school reports: “Zunedi has stayed with his grandmother from the time his mother died 3 years ago. He has 2 sisters, and he is the youngest. The grandmother works as a maid to support the family. She struggles to provide for the family as well as putting the children in school. Zunedi helps clean dishes at home.”
School information: Zunedi has not previously attended school. Through sponsorship, he will be able to start grade 1 at the Haven of Hope Luanshya Primary School in May 2023. There, he will learn and play, be taught about 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 in Luanshya live in a number of compounds (densely populated communities). Zunedi’s family resides in D Compound. In the compounds, unemployment and poverty rates are high, and people primarily depend on menial jobs for survival—working, for example, as garden hands, maids, and small-scale farmers. Families tend to be large and live in small houses. The compounds have been greatly afflicted by HIV and AIDS, leaving many children without one or both of their biological parents. Orphaned children are often cared for by their grandparents, aunts, or uncles; other children live in child-headed homes. Living in poverty, most families struggle to meet their basic needs and afford school fees for their children.
Prayer requests: Please pray that Zunedi will thrive in school and live healthy.
Zunedi will start school in May 2023. Any financial contributions made toward his sponsorship before then will help his school open a new grade 1 class and ensure that he has everything he needs for school.
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