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TIKONDANE COMMUNITY CENTRE
PO Box 550142, Katete,
Eastern Province, ZAMBIA, AFRICA

Above: Cooking Nsima

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The Tikondane contingent at the Initiation Ceremony
for the Chief's daughter, having delivered their gifts.

 

A 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 an eventuality.

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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 many.

"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."

 

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