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Last year our raffle to win a Fiat 500 helped to raise over £800 for our work – with no outlay and a brilliant prize. This year our Car draw is back and you can win a Mini First – tickets in our drawer are just £2. For every £2 ticket sold £1.90 will go to our work to support children.
Mulenga is just 3 years old. She has never known freedom. She was born in prison. Mulenga is a victim of the circumstances. Her mother was caught stealing to feed her family – now locked up she looks after Mulenga who was born in prison. For just £10 All Star Kids helps children like Mulenga by providing her with food, clothes, toys and some basic education.
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Canzee Pump Project, Mumba Day Care Centre, Mpongwe, Copper Belt, Zambia.
During the trip to Zambia in November, Mark Frain had the opportunity to help the community in Mpongwe by providing them with clean water. This is his personal account:
It is not often that I say what a truly fantastic 100% successful project this has been and yet I can say it here. Every now and then you come across someone that gives you hope, makes you do a double take, lifts a giggle in your heart and makes you wonder at how the human mind can come up with solutions in such a simple efficient and sustainable manner. Mr Richard Cransdale did this to me nearly six years ago; I should not have been surprised as men working in their sheds are the back bone if not slightly eccentric heart of British ingenuity. I was introduced to Richard by my cousin James Francis Olivere who works for RTC North who are based in Sunderland Tyne and Wear and were at that time helping Richard on some technical web site stuff that is beyond me.
Richard has spent many years developing, refining and enhancing a water pump initially brought into existence by Mr Owen in New Zealand.
Please go to the links provided to get the full story and to see the great work that Richard has been doing.
Richard supplied two Canzee pumps to us and we shipped them out to Zambia so that during our visit at the end of October this year we could install them in a rural area of the Copper Belt called Mpongwe helping support a wonderful lady; Hilda Mulenga and the Mumba Day Care Centre which she has established in order to help women and children overcome the many difficulties they face. A lack of food, lack of income, lack of safe drinking water, lack of education, lack of health care and a lack of a positive future.
The local community dug two 8m deep wells to reach the water table before we arrived with the pumps. I then ran what to me seemed a very short training session with four of the centres members and either I am a very good teacher, my instructions from Richard were excellent or the guys I trained were just very good at understanding and interpreting Richards simple schematic drawings! I like to think it was down to my teaching but I rather suspect that it had little to do with my input.
The end result of my trip to the Copper Belt was the successful installation of two working pumps that will supply many families and a school of over 400 children with clean safe drinking water.
These pumps are designed in such a way that they can be repaired by the same people that installed them and Richard kindly supplied enough spare parts to last the pumps a great many years of service.
Now how can we stop at two pumps, we need to get funding for many more pumps and at an unbelievable £280 per pump shipped out and installed, including the concrete capping I am sure we can find support to develop our Canzee Pump project. If you are interested please go to our donations section and remember every penny counts and every penny makes a real positive difference to the people we are in partnership with.
During the trip to Zambia earlier this month, Danny and Chris spent some time meeting some amazing guys who have ended up fighting for survival on the streets of Lusaka.
Guided by a project worker from Fountain of Hope, who himself was a former child living on the streets, Danny and Chris went to see a group based behind Soweto Market. At 9:30pm on a dark hot evening, this probably was not the safest place for two British guys to go. Added to the fact that this is the place a large group of young guys high on glue call home. However as time went by the group of guys sat down and listened to what the team had to say. All Star Kids is working together with Fountain of Hope and our project workers Japhet and Charley, to provide opportunities for these young people. The conversation showed it is simply that, these young people have been
denied the opportunity of growing up in a safe loving environment living in a place only the toughest can survive. But as you speak to these young people and you hear them telling you they have “potential” and have plans for the future of being shop keepers, farmers, business managers you realise someone needs to give them a chance.
All Star Kids is starting to do this, but we need you to help them have a chance. Your donation of just £25 could help our project worker begin to give children like these an opportunity or education and skills training.
Many of the children that All Star Kids support miss out on opportunities… one of those is the opportunity to be a child and to play.
We believe that just because a child is on the streets, or has lost their parents, or ends up on the streets they still should have people who are concerned about all of their needs. So, when Lukwesa, Danny, Mark, Chris and Chandre visited Zambia in November they organised a trip for 30 children. There were a mix of children from Fountain of Hope and some boys who live on the street that our team Japhet and Charley are working with. The day was a trip to Adventure City – a fun water park in Lusaka and a BBQ. This is a place these children would otherwise have no access to.
The children were so happy to have a chance to have fun and to be believed in. A simple day out with family and friends, good food and someone to listen to you. It costs just £10 to give a former street child an opportunity to play – please help make a different today.
Danny, Mark, Chris, Lukwesa and Chandre had a great opportunity to meet up with some real stars during their trip to Zambia.
The idea of the All Star Kids Mobile School is becoming a reality. The project is changing to fit the need of the children we are working with. This fits with our motto – See me, Listen to Me, Believe in me. We have seen the need for supporting children on and of the streets (and former children who were on the streets), we have listened to what they want us to do and as a result we are believing in them by changing our practice to fit their needs. As a result our project workers Charley and Japhet are now based out of Fountain of Hope Lusaka.
They are working with a small group of boys from the streets and developing a programme with them. This is initially working on building their trust and working closely with one of the workers from Fountain of hope.
Fountain of Hope is a drop and residential centre for children. Each day the centre works with over 400 boys and has 40 children who are resident. Over the years Fountain of Hope has built a fantastic reputation working with former children from the streets. However they need a lot of support to develop the facitlities of the centre. For example when Chris and Danny “tested” the toilets they were shocked at the complete disrepair they are in. Similarly when looking into the dormitories where the children sleep they were dark, dirty and most of the windows were broken.
Therefore the initial steps during the visit were to see how we could help the centre, this initially invovled in the team buying lots of paint, brushes and showing the young people how to repaint their own rooms! Take a look at the photos and see the difference this simple transformation made. Also the team purchased Mosquito nets for every child who is staying at the centre.
It may sound like simple cosmetic help, but over time we are planning to get more invovled in helping with many of the other infrastructure projects including helping the centre become self sustaining and more.
The mobile school is taking shape, the team now also have their own office based at Fountain of Hope they are working with children there, children on the streets and soon will be working with children born in prison.
Without your support though we cannot continue to do this, we need your support to help us fund our amazing workers who are making and every day improvement to the lives of some amazing young people. Please make a donation today.