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Nsenzeni Receives Gifts – Zambia

30 July 2012 One Comment

Nsenzeni has received gifts from your generous donations for her Household Needs/Tuition Project.  Her sponsor, Barbara, recently traveled to Zambia to visit her.  Nsenzeni lives with her grandmother, Lontia in Zambia and the family has expressed their sincere thanks to all of the donors for their help.  Barbara has sent Aura’s House transcripts from two letters of thanks from Nsenseni and Lontia.  She has also included photos and an account of her experience visiting her sponsored child.  See the original Household Needs/Tuition Project for Nsenzeni.

Nsenzeni with books, shoes, and her new school uniform.

Nsenzeni has received the following items:

1 Table and chairs set
2 Sofas
2 Mattresses
1 Small plastic chair
1 Educational CD
1 Children’s dictionary and thesaurus
1 School Uniform
Tuition fees for English and Math
Clothing (Shoes, dress, shirts, and socks for Nsenzeni and her cousin, Barbara.)
Transportation Fees
School Stationary
Supplies for Lontia’s small vegetable business

See photos of Nsenzeni with her gifts.

The family is very grateful for the generous donation from Aura’s House donors. Nsenzeni’s grandmother, Lontia, is happy that her granddaughter’s educational needs have been met and that she has tuition fees paid to help her progress well in her education. Lontia is also pleased that her home will be more cozy as there is a new sofa, armchair, and a table for the children.

Nsenzeni will be looking very smart in her new uniform and this will give her a greater sense of belonging to the school. With tuition fees provided, she will now be able to get extra help with her school work. Nsenzeni is well equipped for school as she has the necessary supplies to help her with her education advancement. The children now have comfortable mattresses to sleep on as well.

Nsenzeni with her sponsor, Barbara

Nsenzeni’s sponsor, Barbara, writes of her experiences with Nsenzeni:

“I had been planning to visit my Zambian family for two years particularly after the family gave one of Nsenzeni’s cousins my name.  At that time, I asked Children International if I could sponsor little Barbara (Nsenenzi’s relative) when she reached the age of two in December of 2011.  After many setbacks, I finally made reservations for April of 2012. Being that Vancouver, Canada is such a long distance away from Zambia, I decided to visit four other countries en route both to rest up between the ten flights I would be taking and to visit a few new countries.

It took me two years to save up for the expensive travel costs and arrange the complicated travel arrangements. Therefore, I was unable to also fund Nsenzeni’s educational needs.  In February 2012, and quite by coincidence, Nsenzeni’s position on the Aura’s House waiting list came up.  Amazingly, the funds were raised in record time with the compassionate help of many Children International sponsors and wonderful repeat contributors from Aura’s House supporters, family and friends. Special mention should be made of the very generous donations by Elvis K. , John P. and Lisa & Robert R. but my heartfelt gratitude, also, goes out to each donor who contributed to help Nsenzeni and her family. All of your contributions will positively change their lives.

During the fundraising period, the original request for items to help Nsenzeni and, now little Barbara, with their educational and special needs had changed. As a reminder, Nsenzeni was doing quite well at school but it was felt that she needed some extra tutoring in English and Math if she was to get the good grades required to assist her obtain her dream of becoming a doctor. The original request had included two bicycles and helmets for Nsenzeni and her grandmother to go to school. However a major road was built near their compound making it too dangerous for cycle use. As previously mentioned, the amount raised even exceeded the original goal. So, as well as providing the required school uniform, books and school supplies, tutoring lessons for English and Math, table & chairs for meals and use during homework,  the following items were also purchased: 2 mattresses, a sofa and an armchair. The family now has beds and comfortable seats.  They can now live in more comfort albeit in rather crowded conditions.

The timing couldn’t have been better since it enabled Children International to transfer the funds and the local staff in Zambia to purchase all the above mentioned items which were installed before my visit. (See the photos showing the newly purchased items before and after their installment in the tiny two roomed home.) With what funds were remaining, an educational CD , more books and yet more stock for Lontia’s small business were purchased. The CD was included because, after many years of living without electricity, it was recently connected to the small compound where the family live. Consequently, I bought a combo radio, CD, and tape player for both Nsenzeni and Barbara and will now be able to send more educational CDs, for both children. This will help them to improve their English since their national language is Nyanja.  A good knowledge of English is a major requirement to obtain good employment in Zambia.”

From left, Lontia, Barbara, and Nsenzeni

As you can see from the following grateful letters, the family could not believe their good fortune.  These letters were transcribed by Barbara.  One is a letter of thanks from Nsenzeni and one is from her grandmother, Lontia.

“Dear Barbara:
How are you? I am fine thank you. I am very grateful for what you have done. From the money you sent for me, we bought a lot of things. I like the thesaurus and the child dictionary. I really appreciate you, my grandmother is very grateful too. Yours Nsenzeni.”

Her grandmother, Lontia, is the matriarch of the family and it appears that she supports everybody in the family including two adult daughters with young children. She wrote.

“Dear Barbara:
Greetings to you and your family. I am fine together with Nsenzeni. Thank you so much for the things you have bought. Our house looks nice with new dining table and chairs and also the sofas. Thank you for making such big changes in my granddaughter’s life. We never imagined this would happen. Thank you also for the two mattresses and school stuff for Nsenzeni. We will sleep comfortably. All in all thank you for everything you have provided. You have changed our lives positively. Yours Lontia (grandmother for Nsenzeni.)”

Barbara adds:
“Their letters do not convey the amount of gratitude that they showed during my visit. However, I explained that, as a senior on a limited government pension, I was not able to provide the funds myself. And that, it was only due to the exceptional kindness and generosity of several other sponsors and supporters, my family and friends that the money was raised. Lontia immediately asked me to convey just how grateful they were to all of you who helped to change their lives in such a wonderful way. So, please consider yourselves thanked for your contributions to help Nsenzeni to progress in her education & enable this poor family to have a more comfortable life.”

One Comment »

  • Barbara said:

    Many thanks Christina for putting everything together in such a excellent way. Kristen and all of you volunteers also deserve a well deserved thanks both for your efforts and even donations to help Nsenzeni achieve her goal of becoming a doctor. Cheers Barbara

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