According to Unicef 2011 statistics for Zambia:
- 1,200,000 children were orphaned in 2011.
- 69% of the population live below the poverty line of US$ 1.25/day
- Only 46% of the population in the rural areas have access to improved drinking water sources.
- Life expectancy is 49 years.
With these daunting statistics before her, Wendy fed led to reach out to the village of Mbayi, and within the sprawling Chingola area, a city in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province, with a population of 157,340 (2008 census).
Once a forest reserve it is now a resettlement area. It has a population of about 5,000 settlers who are subsistence farmers. They are a people living in extreme poverty suffering a lack of access to clean/safe water, and medical services. There was no electricity, no road network, nor a police post upon Wendy’s arrival. Mbayi desperately needed her ongoing assistance:
- People are hungry and impoverished.
- People are suffering and dying because there is no medical clinic nearby.
Wendy has been working together with Missionary Ventures Canada since 2013, not giving a “hand out” or even a “hand up,” but rather to be a conduit that releases the possibilities in the hearts of the most vulnerable and marginalized.
Wendy has returned to Canada but she is still quite heavily involved in Zambia. Our focus is a school in a slum area of Chingola. Started by a retired couple from the UK, in 1999, it has grown from 65 students to now an enrollment of 460. It provides free education for children who are not able to afford the public system. It is in need of funding as it feeds many children who otherwise would not eat a meal.
MVC is working together with Wendy and our National Missionary to create a plan of sustainability as support is being raised to provide education and food for the needy children. Please see the video …