Our hope for 2017 is to begin the fundraising to build the new community school in the N’gombe compound.
Our friendship with Arise Africa dates all the way back before Kershaw’s Challenge even existed. We have loved our relationship with them. Together, we saw two incredible children’s homes come to fruition. The Lord has used these homes to redeemed broken lives—what beauty! The Arise Homes will always be part of the work of Kershaw’s Challenge—those children are part of our family.
For years, Arise Africa has maintained a presence in a compound called N’gombe. The compound is the home to many, many children and families. The Arise staff cares for children living here through a child sponsorship and feeding program. They are in the compound every day—serving and ministry to an area that is poor and desolate.
In 2016, thanks to your incredible generosity, Kershaw’s Challenge was able to fully fund the purchase of the land for the school. It is right in the heart of the community we are longing to serve. What a gift! We were also able to fund the building of a wall around the entire property. So now it’s time to BUILD the school! That’s what we will focus on in 2017.
Arise Africa is excited about the prospect of running a school that has efficient classrooms, small class sizes and highly qualified teachers. We love their vision and are excited to stand by their side to make this dream a reality. We have seen the Lord use the gift of education as a vehicle to break the cycle of poverty. Equipping the children of N’gombe with tools to succeed will encourage them to step outside of the pattern they have long known and seek change.
Check out the continued work of Arise Africa. The Lord is using this ministry in powerful ways in Lusaka. There is always a need for child sponsors. If you feel led, we encourage you to seek an opportunity to play a part in changing the life of a specific child. You can learn more about it here.