Zambia (BHI/MNN) — "Kasuba" is the Bemba word for "sun." It is also the name of Bright Hope Zambia's newest partner village.
Kasuba has more than its share of challenges. Nestled in a remote corner of the Samfya district, it has limited access to the world outside.
A bit of background on the connection between Bright Hope International and Samfya Community of Care Providers (SCCP): SCCP is a community-based organization started by 24 churches of different denominations in the Samfya District of Luapula Province. In massive efforts they have worked in unity to bring about great transformation to this impoverished community.
In 2010, 152 church volunteers provided specialized care to the 3,300 direct beneficiaries of SCCP's programs. Through the Education and Scholarship Department, 813 OVCs were supplied with school requirements and school fees.
In the Home Based Care Department, 136 people living with HIV/AIDS were assisted with medical care, food, and microloans, and thousands of Samfyans were able to receive free medicine from the local clinic through donated shipments.
In the Micro Loan Department, 813 individuals have received microloans so far and have access to credit for the economic benefit of their families. Through Church Mobilization and Children's Ministries, 130 youth and 1,203 young children accepted Christ as their Savior in Samfya in 2010.
After several years of partnership and due to the great success, several communities throughout Zambia are replicating the SCCP model. Bright Hope is partnering with three of these new communities.
Back to Kasuba: with few opportunities beyond subsistence farming, it can be difficult to envision a better future for a family. But Kasuba's resources are readily apparent: good soil, a wide lazy river at the edge of the village, and a welcoming, earnest community.
Bright Hope Zambia's newest partnership with Kasuba began three weeks ago, when the team trekked to Kasuba to get to know the village and to begin training with the church leaders. Pray for growth–literal and spiritual–in the days ahead.