Every Friday afternoon on a dusty rocky hill 350 children line up with their leaky bowls to get their one guaranteed meal of the week. Women start cooking at about 5 am to serve up a meal of beans and nshima (crushed maize – the staple diet of Zambians).
These children are hungry but happy and range in age from young babies carried on the backs of siblings to late teens. In between getting this food many go out on the streets to beg for food. The streets are a dangerous place for young people, especially girls and many are raped. OLCM works with these vulnerable children to offer love and practical support.
OLCM would like to be able to feed these children on a more regular basis.
OLCM have 12 hectares of land where they are busy establishing a market garden – growing and selling tomatoes, onions, maize and bananas and, in time, hope to experiment with other crops.
They are also working to establish a chicken farm to grow and sell chickens.
As the farm establishes itself, OLCM would like to bring some of the teenagers from Kantalomba to learn basic skills.
Complete roofing for chicken shed and install a drip feed system
A pole is needed to bring electricity to the farm
Build shelter for children at the feeding programme
For the farm and land
Of the 400 children OLCM have in their care – 150 don’t go to school.
A sponsorship programme to help these children is currently underway.
Sewing machines, tables and chairs to teach ladies tailoring