francis Zambian orphan povertyDorothy writes:

“Francis was born on 20th May 2007. The mother was a commercial sex worker. I tried very hard to bring her around but all failed. After she gave birth to francis, she wanted to throw him away but the friends encouraged her to bring the baby to the orphanage or to the family. It was then that she decided to bring her baby to Livingstone. I was shocked to see her with the baby. Before i could even talk to her, she disappeared the following day leaving the baby sleeping in the house. She cut off communication. The next i heard after 7 years that she was dying at Levy mwanawasa hospital with no one to look after her.i had to rush to Lusaka and when i arrived at the hospital i found her gasping. She was in hospital for three months alone. I nursed her for a few hours and she died. Due to not having enough money, i buried her in Lusaka and came back the following day after her burial. Francis was only a month old when she left him. He survived on baby formula. Like all the children, francis calls me his mother.”

We have raised $1400 for Dorothy and as soon as I receive her list of expenses for school fees, uniforms, food, and clothing we will see how much will be covered. Thank you, one and all! This is a life changing experience for all of us, especially those children that Dorothy would not abandon.

The photo shows Francis at school where he is in grade 4.


Shepherd Zambian orphan one of 14 adopted by sister of siblings who died
Happy Mother’s Day to one of the bravest mothers I know, Dorothy Bwalya.
Here is Shepherd, the child of a younger brother who died four years ago. When his mother remarried, she left the child in the village with his aged grandmother. This was not a good situation for anyone, so Dorothy took in yet another discarded child. She did not ask herself if this made sense she just did what she had to do, though she already had more than enough children to try and care for.
Shepherd may not have new clothes, or even enough money for school fees, but he has a home. I want to reward Dorothy for her persistent love that refused to let any of her siblings children be forgotten. I want to raise enough money to rent a proper sized house for so many people, to set up a small business that will help cover her costs and send everyone to school. The world is full of resources-we just have to care enough to share them. Dorothy’s resource is her big heart.



Emmanuel # 9 of 14 orphans in Livingstone, ZambiaHere is Emmanuel’s story as written by Dorothy.

“Emmanuel, who is commonly known as Santiago Mwila, is 9 years old. After the death of both parents, he was taken by my sister to live in the village. He suffered from a heavy attack of malaria and was in a coma for 5 days. It took 4 and a half pints of blood to bring him around. After he came out of his coma, he lost his memory and up to now his memory is not great. I brought him home after the death of my sister who was looking after him.
The most important things we need right now are: blankets, school fees, clothing and food. The month that I pay our rent, we starve.”

I am sending this woman money for immediate needs, but I am praying for many small donations to set her up in a bigger house as a legitimate orphanage. Sydney Mwamba, project manager for the AACDP in Zambia is organizing her accredation and funding. Please help us if you can with a check to AACDP, POB 3051, West Tisbury, MA 02575. This is a 501c3 business. It all goes where it is needed and is tax deductible.



Woman with woman with 14 orphans disabilities AIDS

Part 4 of the Woman with 14 Orphans: Michael Bwalya

“Michael Bwalya was born in 2011 in the Copperbelt. His mother was a primary school teacher and was my young sister. The father deserted them when Michael was only a month old. I took him when he was 1 year and 7 months because the mother became very ill. She died last year in March and the whereabouts of the father are still unknown. Michael thinks that I am his mother. He is in grade 1.” Dorothy Bwalya

One by one Dorothy’s siblings died and she could not bear to see them neglected in homes where they were not really welcome. Though she earns little as a vocational teacher, she continues to find ways to survive. My longtime friend, Sister Bridget Mulonda, introduced me to Dorothy last January. She has known Dorothy for many years and has tried to help her as best she can herself. They are all hoping that I can find an audience who will be moved by this woman’s deep kindness and courage. You can read the whole story as it has unfolded at the AACDP facebook page. Please help if you can. I have been a one woman nonprofit for 15 years and continue to make connections within the struggling part of the Livingstone community. This situation need immediate attention. Thank you.