study done in the Eastern Province of Zambia in 2000
gives the following results:
Current school absenteeism rate 22%,
low progression rates,
high repetition rates.
High child malnutrition and mortality rates,
low health provider ratios.
44 % suffer from stunting,
38 % are underweight and 3 % are wasted.
That ties in with the remarks of a UN special envoy:
The crisis in Southern Africa dwarfs the crisis in
Darfour, he says, since 30 million of the 40 million
infected with HIV/AIDS worldwide live in Subsaharan
Africa. There are already 11 million orphans.
One problem we have discovered to do with orphans
is for them to get national registration cards at
age 16. The eldest boy at Nyasha, a nephew of the
late Febby, has no Father. So we are told he needs
to go to Lusaka to find a living relative who will
sign the necessary paper - we as Muzungus may just
be able to afford the fare, equivalent to a month's
salary at TIKO, but other children can't - we will
try and prepare our orphans at school better for such
Julie and Melvyn
have founded and run a big school at Chengelo in the
Copper Belt for many years. They came through Katete
on a trip to Malawi and we have shared news ever since.
This is what they have to say about TIKONDANE:
"We were glad to read your newsletter and to
learn of your continuing programmes in teaching and
vocational training. It is important to give people
skills and self respect. Well done. I would encourage
you in this work.
"It must be hard being the leader of a group,
and in Africa taking one step forward and then feeling
as if you then go two steps backwards. Do take time
to praise God and to count your blessings and your
successes. You may feel that the successes are very
small, but they are helpful or even lifechanging to
"Visitors come and go. They are fed.They are
safe and not made ill by the food. Children are growing
up. More are helped because you are there. You also
give people HOPE. Zambians are usually cheerful people,
but even they need hope that they will get through
and that life will get better.
"So WELL DONE and just keep on keeping on."