April 09 Update

A time to Harvest

Amano yaba ngebala: nga tamusekwile, terti musombole.

Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated, it cannot be harvested. ~ African proverb ~

The weather grows hotter every day, welcoming the H arvest season to the Copperbelt region of Zambia. The chil dren at Vima Lupwa Home just started their holiday break fr om school.Though the rain lessens, malaria is still prevalent and strikes even those lucky enough to sleep under mosquito net s. Malaria is the number one killer in Zambia, with AIDS a clo se second,claiming the lives of 20% of Zambian children befor e their fifth birthdays. We are happy to report that little Ruthi e has fullyrecovered from her first malaria attack just in tim e to enjoy theholiday with her Lupwa brothers and sisters.

One of the most awesome and unforeseen surprises to come along in Beckie Sibley and Marlena Bellavia’s lives was thei r encounter and subsequent friendship via an unexpected connection to Africa, specifically Zambia and even more specifically the Copperbelt Region. Beckie and her children [Isata, Shauna, Sia, Stephe n and Carlin] visit the Vima Lupwa Home once a week, bringing enthusias m for reading, English lessons, chicken husbandry and nutrition, as well as a connection to Central O regon, which the Sibley’s call home. Here is an exc erpt from Beckie’s journal: “ Hearing the children’s laughter, watching them play , and being part of their childhoods gives me great joy.

 

[above]Ruthie with Uncle Malama [above right] Children creating art A time to Harvest Amano yaba ngebala: nga tamusekwile, terti musombole. Knowledge is like a garden: if it is not cultivated , it cannot be harvested. ~ African proverb ~ The weather grows hotter every day, welcoming the H arvest season to the Copperbelt region of Zambia. The chil dren at Vima Lupwa Home just started their holiday break fr om school. Though the rain lessens, malaria is still prevalent and strikes even those lucky enough to sleep under mosquito net s. Malaria is the number one killer in Zambia, with AIDS a clo se second, claiming the lives of 20% of Zambian children befor e their fifth birthdays. We are happy to report that little Ruthi e has fully recovered from her first malaria attack just in tim e to enjoy the holiday with her Lupwa brothers and sisters. VIMA LUPWA HOME APRIL 2009 MOTHER’S DAY CARDS MOTHER’S DAY CARDS MOTHER’S DAY CARDS MOTHER’S DAY CARDS In the spirit of families such as Vima Lupwa we are raising funds and showing gratitude of our mothers by presenting Mother’s Day cards to help support our children. Cards are available for $10 at Douglas Fine Jewelry, Sarayu’s, and Vanilla Urban Threads. You may also email us at info@lupwahomes.org to purchase them if you live outside of Bend. MARK YOUR CALENDARS: May 1 st – First Friday Art Hop, downtown Bend – Visit Douglas Fine Jewelry featuring African Art work and crafts, gifts, cards and sponsorship information to benefit Vima Lupwa Home’ s Children in Zambia One of the most awesome and unforeseen surprises to come along in Beckie Sibley and Marlena Bellavia’s lives was thei r encounter and subsequent friendship via an unexpected connection to Africa, specifically Zambia and even more specifically the Copperbelt Region. Beckie and her children [Isata, Shauna, Sia, Stephe n and Carlin] visit the Vima Lupwa Home once a week, bringing enthusias m for reading, English lessons, chicken husbandry and nutrition, as well as a connection to Central O regon, which the Sibley’s call home. Here is an exc erpt from Beckie’s journal: “ Hearing the children’s laughter, watching them play , and being part of their childhoods gives me great joy. Last Friday, we made a huge batch of potato salad w ith lots of our own fresh eggs, packed it into individual containers, and let it sit overnight (in the fridge of course) for all the flavors to blend. Saturday, Shauna, Carlin, Steven, Sia and I scrunched into Jefferson' s taxi and off we went to see the Lupwa family. We always take the same two books Handa’s Surprise and Chameleon’s Clever Trick , as they are favorites. We will sneak in a few mo re next time, but for now, these bring delightful sque als . Before moving to Zambia, I had no clue that peanuts are grown in the ground. We left with a whole bag of fr eshly picked peanuts, groundnuts, and instructions to boil in water for 20 minutes. We had them for dinne r tonight and they are quite yummy.”

 
The home’s dear friend Winnie continues to enjoy th e children with her weekly visits too! Winnie provides craft lessons and encou ragement with their school work. In her last email she expressed “a real need for some reading matter,” because there are no book stores in Luanshya, makin g it very difficult for her to provide books. We would like to ask if anyone has elementary readi ng materials [school books of any subject, graded read ers and children’s books] to please contact us to send them to Winnie. The children eagerly await her weekly visit - as we eagerly await her updates: “ The highlight of the day was that Joseph finished t he work bench and already started on another woodworking project - to make a small stool. He is really keen and a pleasure to teach. Today we started some bead work with the girls. At first we battled to thread the beads but we pers evered, and with the help of a bit of bees wax to stiffen the ends of the thr ead we managed. The girls enjoyed the beads, as I taught Naluca to make wire links between the beads and that got her really excited.”

A very special thank you to Elyse and Steve of Douglas Fine Jewelry for sending all materials for the girls’ jewelry work!

“The chickens are laying beautiful eggs - I'm now b uying from them. Two that we had for lunch had double yokes. The pity is that Violet tells me tha t there is a thief around that has been stealing th e chickens. I suppose in a way it is understandable s ince Zamefa [Manufacturer of Copper Rods in Zambia] laid off 70% of their staff and Mpelembe Drilling s hed 1000 workers. All the mines have closed becaus e of the low copper price. The recession has reached inconceivable levels.”

A big thank you Winnie and Beckie, your weekly visi ts, partnership and updates to the home are appreciated on both sides of the globe !

s we are feeling the recession strongly in the U.S., we must also remember the rest of the world is struggling on a survival level. Please continue your support that helps us bring food to the Vima Lupwa Home’s table. [Left] Harvested nuts and a dozen eggs for dinner. [Below] Violet, Naluca and Loveness harvesting the ground nuts - peanuts.

April 30 th is Pay-It-Forward Day – based on the story about a young boy who did 3 good deeds for others i n need. In return, all that the child wanted was tha t they pass on the good deed to three others to keep the c ycle going. There is tremendous power and positive energy in giving: VLH’s goal is about all people, from all walks of life giving to someone else and making a positive difference. Help pay it forward for VLH by making a donation, being a volun teer or being a committee or board member. Interested in serving? Please email us at info@lupwahomes.org for application form.

MOTHER’S DAY CARDS

In the spirit of families such as Vima Lupwa we are raising funds and showing gratitude of our mothers by presenting Mother’s Day cards to help support our children. Cards are available for $10 at Douglas Fine Jewelry, Sarayu’s, and Vanilla Urban Threads. You may also email us at info@lupwahomes.org to purchase them if you live outside of Bend.

 

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