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Complete: Tutorial/Household Needs Project for Nsenzeni (9) of Zambia: $727 Raised. Thank You!

13 March 2012 2 Comments

This Project is now complete. Launched: January 18, 2012
Completed: March 13, 2012.

Tutorial/Household Needs Project for Nsenzeni (9) of Zambia.

Our goal was to raise $645.

$727 raised. THANK YOU!

Special Thanks to longtime supporter, Elvis Kibiti for finishing off this project with his generous $200 donation that will also be matched by his company, Apple. (The match will be applied to the USA Dental Project.)

See photos of Nseneni with her gifts from your donations and read an account of her sponsor Barbara’s visit to Zambia.

Nsenzeni (9) lives in Zambia with her grandmother, Lontia, and several other family members. Nsenzeni loves going to school and wants to become a doctor. Her favorite subjects are grammar, maths and science but to improve her grades Nsenzeni needs tutoring in English and Math. In Zambia, it’s imperative to know English well and good grades are required in order to obtain a Hope Scholarship. With your help, we aim to raise $650 for extra tutoring, school supplies, sports shoes, a uniform, a table, chairs, helmets and bicycles for Nsenzeni and her grandmother. All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible.

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Nsenzeni (9)

Items Needed:

Tutoring classes in English and Math
School supplies
2 Bicycles
2 Helmets
A bicycle-basket for Nsenzeni
A bicycle attachment for her grandmother
A table and chairs to do her homework
Supplies for grandmother’s business

Grand Total: $650.00

Nsenzeni is the sponsor child of Barbara R. of Vancouver, Canada.

Barbara writes:

“Nsenzeni is a sweet nine year old girl who lives with her grandmother, Lontia, and several other family members in Lusaka, Zambia. I have been sponsoring her since she was two years old and almost feel like one of the family after they named a cousin after me. Due to a stigma attached to her birth, Nsenzeni had a sad start in life with only rare visits from her young mother. Consequently, she was raised by Lontia who was already over-burdened by providing support for her own large family. I have endeavoured to make her childhood as happy as possible with nice clothes to improve her self worth, many toys to learn by play and several book to extpand her horizons. We all know that a good education is very important in order to be able to leave the cycle of poverty so it is now time to concentrate on her future education.

At present, Nsenzeni loves going to school and wants to become a doctor. She is doing quite wel.  Her favorite subjects are grammar, math and science, however, she does need tutoring in English and Math to improve her grades. To obtain a good job in Zambia, knowing English well is imperative and good grades are required to obtain a Hope Scholarship later on. Hopefully, this fundraiser will provide the funds required for extra tutoring as well as school supplies, sports shoes, a uniform and text books.

Also, in order to reduce the time it takes for Nsenzeni to walk to school, the local staff recommends a sturdy bicycle. Since the traffic in Lusaka is really bad, she can not go to school alone.  Children International recommends another bike for Nsenzeni’s grandmother, Lontia, to accompany her both to and from school, tutoring classes and to reach any activities at the CI community center. To ensure their safety,  a helmet, and other protective accessories would be required. Also, they would need a basket for Nsenzeni’s bike and a larger container for Lontia so that she can use it to transport supplies from the market to her small business.

With the help of an earlier, small Special Needs gift, Lontia ran a small grocery business.  With a larger Income Generating Project, she began a second hand clothing business which did not work out.  Now she has an enlarged grocery, mealie meal and dried fish business. That too is now faltering due to the high costs of produce. Being very resourceful, Lontia is now considering selling wet fish.  A bicycle would be a great help to transport any items that she can sell locally to improve their family income.  Since unemployment is very high in Lusaka, it appears that Lontia is still the only source of financial support for her large family.

Like many other poor families in Lusaka Nsenzeni lives in a compound. Her house is constructed of brick walls and a tin roof but only consists of one small bedroom and a living room where the rest of the family sleeps.  Neither running water or electricity is available. Their sanitary facility is a community latrine and they have to collect their water from community faucets. Somehow, in spite of all these challenges their extended family appears to be quite happy.  Nsenzeni needs a table and chairs to do her homework.  Any surplus funds will go toward providing food for this large but worthy family. The family and I would all be so grateful for any support you could afford in order to improve Nsenzeni’s future prospects. The total cost for these items would be $650.00

Nsenzeni is quite a character and now seems very happy with her extended family. For several years I despaired of never seeing her smile because she only glared at the camera even when receiving a Cabbage Patch doll which I hoped would bring forth a smile. In the end, I asked Lontia if Nsenzeni didn’t like what I was sending her. In reply, she stated that it was exactly the opposite and she was so pleased with everything. Lontia also mentioned that she slept with my letters under her pillow and literally cried with joy when receiving a Christmas and birthday direct package at the same time. When still very young, she was, also, quite funny when she told her grandmother that when she was older, that I would be buying her a big house with everything in it.  She said that she would be taking with her everything that I had bought for her in the past. Of course, that will not be possible but, hopefully with your valuable assistance, she might be able to reach her potential and realize her dream of becoming a doctor.

Thank you all very much in advance for your support.



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  • John said:

    How can you tell what the real total is on this fundraiser? This is 8 days old. Thanks.

  • Kristen said:

    Hi John,

    Because the project has just launched, CHildren International has to wait for payments to clear before reporting them on the weekly spreadsheet. We were told that there are in fact a few more donations for this project but that they won’t appear until this week’s spreadsheet which usually is received on Friday. Totals are then updated over the weekend. If a total stays the same for longer than a week, it means that no new recent donations were received for that project that week. Sorry for the wait and thanks for all you do on behalf of needy children.

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