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Alick (not his real name) lives in a rural village with his grandmother after both his parents died. His grandmother heard about the OVC programme and wondered if we could help him. Alick has club feet and needed surgery to correct it. He couldn’t get to school because it was too painful to walk and wasn’t able to wear shoes.
Thankfully, the international church in Ndola has a great orthopaedic surgeon who was willing to do the operation free of charge! This is an incredible blessing to the family who would otherwise have been unable to afford the trip to the hospital and the associated medical fees.
We are so grateful that the OVC team was able to intervene and change this child’s life.
One of the ongoing projects we’re involved with in Mpongwe is the training and development of staff who work in the mission workshop. In Mpongwe, a workshop was established to support the growing needs of the hospital and wider community by building furniture, servicing vehicles and a host of other activities. Steve Powell is multi-skilled in many different practical areas and is helping to establish the workshop as a training and development centre. He helps to identify young people and give them skills, sometimes sending them to other local workshops to be trained. The workshop provides valuable skills to the local economy and helps to keep the mission running. Every morning, the workshop staff gather for devotionals before starting the day.
Mpongwe’s People helps to support a sewing cooperative in Mpongwe, which employs local women to make school uniforms. Many of these uniforms go to children in the OVC programme, so this is a vital part of the supply chain!
We are so grateful for donations of sewing machines that recently arrived in Zambia. A special thanks to Andrew and Kate who have coordinated the UK side and Steve and Ann, pictured below filling their car in Zambia with sewing machines!
At the beginning of June a few Mpongwe’s People supporters did a sponsored walk from King Alfred’s Tower to Charmouth, a distance of about 60 miles. Our journey started on the Leland trail which was established in King Henry the VIII’s time during Leland’s tour of the west country. Judging by the height of the nettles in certain parts you wondered whether it had been used much since the middle ages! The route took us across farmland and through familiar sounding villages but when you are walking as opposed to driving you soon lose a sense of where you are. We were blessed with wonderful weather which highlighted the beauty of the countryside and made us appreciate the area we live in.
Thanks to everyone who sponsored us as we raised over £3,000 between us all which will go towards the orphan and vulnerable children programme in Mpongwe, Zambia.