In late June, Annie and Julia Gatewood and Grant and Lucy Gund traveled to Zambia with a group from Communities Without Borders (CWB). The group spent most of their time working in schools for orphans and at-risk children in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. The work centered around distributing educational supplies and assessing and addressing pressing needs at CWB’s partner schools. In addition, they helped provide health screenings at each of the schools.
The trip was an amazing experience for all four travelers and gave all of them a much deeper appreciation for the cultural differences between the developed and developing world.
To see more pictures click on the video below
and to hear the travelers reflections go to the sermon’s page.
The Union Church in Waban partners with COMMUNITIES WITHOUT BORDERS to help educate orphans and other vulnerable children in Mtendere, Zambia — an impoverished neighborhood in Lusaka, the capital.
We at the Union Church in Waban believe that access to quality education is foundational to human dignity and critical to each person’s ability to grow into the fullness of who God created them to be. So it is a joy to engage in this ministry. Every other year we travel to Zambia not only to bring resources and support to the Mtendere school, but also to deepen and nurture our relationship with the students, teachers, parents and wider Mtendere community. The bond of friendship that have formed between us are strong and are life changing most certainly for us and we hope for the people of Mtendere as well.
Your Donations at Work in Zambia
There’s an excitement this year at UCW as we plan for our trip to Zambia this summer in our partnership with Communities Without Borders (CWB). UCW is in its fourth year of its relationship with Communities Without Borders and our partnered community of Mtendere, Zambia. CWB is a non-profit organization dedicated to building connections between partnering communities in the U.S. and Zambia in order to provide education for AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children. Our partnership with the community of Mtendere commits us to sending a minimum of $4,000 on an annual basis.
What are our monies used for in Mtendere?
- Children in our partnering community need scholarships in order to attend government schools.
- The older children can’t go on to 8th grade without the funds to pay for uniforms, supplies, shoes, etc.
- The teachers need stipends and training to do their job of teaching. On average, the teachers themselves have a 7th grade education.
For those of you who are new to UCW, it was just a few years ago that our friends here at UCW were incredibly generous and gave $3,000 to help build a health clinic in Simukanka, Zambia. It is remarkable what can be done with a relatively small amount of money.
We’re hopeful that some members of our congregation will be able to join Annie and Julia Gatewood on a CWB trip to Zambia this summer. If you’re interested please contact Annie .
Blessings to you all,
Your Zambia Outreach Committee
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