Helping the Children
As the AIDS crisis dramatically changes countries like Zambia, care for the children that are left behind is desperately needed. With your support, Kids Alive is confident that many of the children in our programs will excel in life and go on to be productive citizens of Zambia, as well as excellent ambassadors for Christ.
Currently, Kids Alive provides an education, nutritious meals, medical care and the love of Christ to more than 450 children in Zambia. This year, we hope to add an additional 50 children to our Homes, Schools, and Care Centers. Caring for 50 new children is a big challenge! But we’ve prayerfully decided to step out in faith and take up that challenge.
Support Chikondi Children's Homes
Chikondi Children's Homes
Chikondi Children’s Homes are located in the capital city of Lusaka. Kids Alive opened the first home in 2001 and the second in 2010 to help with the AIDS crisis that is threatening the children of Zambia. The residences are home to more than two dozen children and their house parents. Many of these children are orphaned or have been abandoned, but now have a safe and loving home, nutritious meals, an education, medical attention, and Christian discipleship.
Support Lilato Children's Homes
Lilato Children's Homes
Since 2002, six different Kids Alive children’s homes have been established in Mongu, Zambia, a remote African village that has been devastated by the AIDS epidemic. Each Lilato Home houses about twelve children who are lovingly cared for by their house parents. Every child has a safe place to sleep, nutritious meals, medical attention and Christian discipleship. Most of the children at our homes are able to attend the government schools, while two of the homes are also used as a preschool during the day for the youngest children.
Support Kids Alive Emmanuel School
Kids Alive Emmanuel School
The Kids Alive Emmanual School is located in Katongo Village, near Mongu, in Zambia. It was opened in May 2003 under the direction of Manuelly Nyumbu, a local man with a calling to help vulnerable children. The school teaches grades one through seven, including Bible studies, chorus and other activities. Lunch is provided for the nearly 200 children who attend each day. The Emmanuel School would like to continue to improve the facilities and resources available to the children of Mongu, as funding permits. To help provide income, young women are taught sewing and the young men and boys learn carpentry skills at the School.
Support Kids Alive Jerusalem Center
Kids Alive Jerusalem Center
The Kids Alive Jerusalem Center was started in conjunction with a local Zambian church after a local blind man approached Kids Alive and asked us to start a program for orphans and at-risk children in his community. The center now provides a formal, government education and a lunchtime meal to over 100 children in grades one through five. The children also receive Bible instruction and share a chorus and prayer time. The program hopes to expand to include more grade levels and a Kids Alive Keeping Families Together program, which will help single parents and grandparents care for their children and grandchildren while also providing vocational and parenting classes.
Support James and Ivy Kongwa
James and Ivy Kongwa
James and Ivy Kongwa are the house parents of the Chikondi One Children's Home, where they care for more than a dozen rescued children, as well as being responsible for administrative oversight for all of Kids Alive Zambia. This includes oversight of six residential homes – five of which are in western Zambia – and two community schools.
Support Misisi Keeping Families Together
Misisi Keeping Families Together
Misisi Compound is notoriously known as the worst and most neglected slum in Lusaka. With one hundred thousand inhabitants and no public schools, police stations, or health clinics, this perception appears quite accurate.
Lack of proper hygiene, coupled with the overwhelming HIV/AIDS problem in the country, has led to a high proportion of sicknesses and deaths, resulting in scores of orphans. Some of these orphans have a grandparent or other relative that tries to care for them, even though many of them are barely able to care for themselves; but even this is not always an option. Up to one thousand children in Misisi live in “child-headed families” - orphaned brothers and sisters who depend only on each other for survival.
Kids Alive’s “Keeping Families Together” program in Misisi seeks to combat this problem through providing a unique and thoroughly holistic model of care. By merging the Care Center model that has been established successfully in several Kids Alive fields with a more ‘family-based focus’, our program aims to provide optimum benefit to the orphans and vulnerable children within Misisi Compound. Our goal is to enable and empower these children’s guardians so that the children can stay at home, rather than enter the already overcrowded orphanage system in Zambia. The plan is to begin modestly, with 25 children from the most dire of circumstances supported, but with the goal of expanding as funding, staffing, and facilities allow.
Support Advanced Education Fund, Zambia
Advanced Education Fund, Zambia
Kids Alive Zambia is experiencing growth – and as the ministry grows and matures, so the children under our care do too! Therefore we have established an Advanced Education Fund to help transition the children under our care into well-trained, independent healthy adults that can make a positive impact in their society.
The Advanced Education Fund will help pay scholarships for qualified students attending high school, university and/or vocational training, as well as help cover some of their living expenses. Because every child in Kids Alive care has been rescued from a desperate living situation, these young people have little or no access to other sources of funding for their education.
Beneficiaries of the Advanced Education Fund will be studying to become doctors, teachers, lawyers, accountants, managers, engineers, information technology professionals, and other skilled professions. They may also be learning valuable vocational skills such as woodworking, sewing, mechanical repair, and construction.
Support Julie Walker
I began my journey with Kids Alive in June of 2012. I visited Mongu, Zambia in Southern Africa serving on a Missions trip with their playground ministry. We built three playgrounds for two of their schools and one of the children’s homes there. God has since given me a great burden to serve these children and be a part of their success. I have now accepted a position as a Sponsorship Assistant, and I am excited to join in the work that God is doing in Zambia.