“Our Children” (Lifesong serves) will have: 1. No want for food, clothing, medical care, or shelter. 2. Fundamental Christian training and discipleship. 3. A quality education to provide a foundation for the future. 4. Continued love and support as they transition into adult living.A glimpse into the Lifesong-Zambia school http://vimeo.com/16693372 1. Feeding Center @ School - feeds 253 children two nutritious meals each day (the only school in the community that does this): Breakfast – porridge, bread with peanut butter/jam, tea with milk, juice Lunch – nshima, fish, vegetables, hamburger/sausage, beans and rice, eggs 2. Biblical Mentoring – Every day starts off with 15 min of group worship songs, followed by 30 minutes of Bible/Discipleship led by their teacher. 3. Computer Lab, Medical Clinic, Sustainable Farm Business, Micro-Loans, etc…Currently, we have 253 students (orphans & vulnerable children) attending LifesongSchool, serving Pre-School up through Grade 7. Each year, we add a grade: Grade 8,then Grade 9, etc. Currently, we are maxed out in classroom space and have noability for 8th grade class. In Dec’11 we had 74 children register for 22 open spots. Itwas heart breaking to tell a caregiver (who is pleading with us) we do not haveroom for their child.
INVITING YOU – Phase 1: 1. Expand School ($80,000) – build 4 classrooms which will be used for: 8th + 9th Grades, proper classrooms for pre-school, art/drama/music. Children in poverty-stricken communities like Kitwe, Zambia struggle to go to school – left to fend for themselves, many either can’t afford school uniforms, strain to study in rundown buildings - eventually end up dropping out of school. Without an education, these kids have little hope to break the cycle of poverty. Some orphaned boys who don’t have access to education end up joining rebel troops. Some girls marry early, and many wind up in abusive, exploitative circumstances. 2. Build Residential Home/foster home – ($20,000) Currently, our foster family lives on campus in old and leaky block rooms. There are 5 rooms connected together, with four of our boys living there (Martin, Haggai, David, Allen). These boys literally have nowhere to go. They’ve been abandoned, beaten, abused, and neglected. Lifesong is the only safety net. If we can move this foster family into a house (we already have the land purchased), than that will also create room for 5 small vocational training classrooms.
3. Kitchen / Cafeteria ($80,000) Current kitchen was originally built as a residential kitchen. There is not suitable sheltered eating space or cooking space. This poses significant problems when raining. Better hygiene as our kids now eat sitting on the ground Safety so our cooks (and kids) don’t have to haul 25 gallon pots full of hot food out to porch4. Build High School ($200,000) (classrooms for Grades 9-12, Computer Lab, Science Lab & Vocat’l Training) We estimate no more than 5% of current students would go on to High School, unless Lifesong provides it! We need high school in 2.5 yrs, but construction time will take 1.5 yrs. (Need to break ground by Winter 2012) Educating kids through high school allows us to bring intentional discipleship and deep Christian teaching into the lives of our kids during a very critical time in life. Very few of our children would have a chance to attend HS is LS did not provide the education, as the costs are far above what out parents/caregivers can afford = gives greater chance at success in college & career. *Phase 1, Campus Expansion Total: $380,000 **Phase 2, (Library, Counseling Ctr, Performing Arts, Admin Offices): $170,000 TOTAL (comprehensive renovation) = $550,000
Lifesong Farms – strawberry business overview“Simply giving this person money is treating the symptoms rather than the underlyingdisease and will enable him to continue with his lack of self-discipline… a bettersolution would be to develop a relationship that says; We are here to walk with youand to help you use your gifts and abilities to avoid being in this situation in thefuture” ~ When Helping Hurts (Brian Fikkert)Watch “Brush to Berries” video to see how this strawberry farm business began! -http://vimeo.com/25515879Goals: Provide self-worth & dignity for our kids’ caregivers Future employment for our kids - continued love & support Develop self-sustainability (profits help fund operations costs)2 Year Expansion Plan:March - September 2012 Grow to 5 acres Production *3 acres at Lifesong Farm *2 acres at Boy’s Ranch Add Processing, Worker Facility at Lifesong FarmOctober 2012 – September 2013 Grow to 11 Acres Production *5 acres at Lifesong Farm *6 acres at Boy’s Ranch Add Worker Facility and Security at Boys Ranch