"The African woman had been baptized. Since the beginning of time, the power of woman came through her…. . But then she was raped and became chattel and then she became silent. “….*Wild Women in the Whirlwinds”-
Lydia*, a ten year old girl, stopped going to school when her parents died of AIDS. Her mother’s sister, Aunt Esther, who had no children of her own but had dedicated her life to taking care of her blind brother took Lydia into her one room house.. She was an answer to her aunt’s prayers bringing so much purpose and joy to their home. In 2005, Lydia was amongst the first thirty students when we opened the Chikumbuso School in the slum of Ngombe, Zambia. She was outgoing and friendly able to draw you in with her joie de vivre. She was always one to sign up to be in skits wearing crazy costumes and making others laugh. Lydia worked hard in school and aspired to be a teacher who would remember to give back to other children.
Then she was raped, had an abortion and never recovered. She didn't share what happened to her with her family or friends. She dropped out of school and couldn't get over her shame.
More than the violence perpetrated against her, it was the silence of those around her that killed her.
We ask you to help Chikumbuso fight this silence by supporting our girls through the funding of their secondary education. We may not be able to protect them against the violence surrounding them, but we can create a safe place for them to go, a community of teachers, friends, and women mentors that support them. We need to keep them in school so they can always have hope for a better life.
The Chikumbuso Project has
• 240 students, grades 1-6 at the Chikumbuso School and
• 135 students, at secondary schools
Half of these children are girls. For $50/month you can keep a girl safe and in school. Thank you.
*Names have been changed.