Pandemic Food Drive

by Marsha Winsryg

The ripple of the pandemic has forced the Mama Bakhita Center for Disabled Children in Livingstone, Zambia to shut its doors. For the 24 children who attend it means they can no longer get education and therapy, and more fundamentally, they cannot get the snack and lunch that was provided daily. For some of the children it was main meal of the day.

Hunger is actually a larger threat than the coronavirus. With businesses closed, mandatory lock-down and food prices that have tripled since last September, the majority of people are unable to buy food. When I learned about this situation,  I focused on finding a way to help the children and families in the Mama Bakhita community survive until they can work again. These are the children and families I visit every winter when I am in Livingstone to work with the Mama Bakhita Center and the Zambezi Doll Company.

Every month since May, our General Manager, Sydney Mwamba, and Sister Clarina Ndona, head of the Mama Bakhita, with Henry Mubati, driver for Mama Bakhita, purchased and distributed a month’s worth of food to the 24 families. 

2750 lbs. Cornmeal 
110 lbs. Beans  
110 lbs. Dried fish  
84 liters Cooking oil  
210 lbs. Sugar   
110 lbs. Sweet potatoes 
40 Cabbages  
24 bags Charcoal  –
Sanitizer, masks, gloves, soap  

That is a lot of food! We were overjoyed that people have been donating generously to this project. It has become an ongoing drive, once a month for at least few months, until people can resume their livelihoods. So, we turn once again, to our kind supporters.

$20 feeds one family for a week, $80 for a month

$60 feeds three families for a week, $240 for a month

$100 feeds five families for a week,  $400 for a month

Hand-outs are not my first choice when confronted with economic hardship. I prefer to support local organizations, such as the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Center for Disabled Children. We have promoted economic opportunities like the Zambezi Doll Company , and M’pekala, Sr. Immaculata Mulyei’s Sisal Project for rural women. We have sought and provided educational sponsors for other children in these same families. Our efforts are personal and limited to a small community in Livingstone. We know and trust each other.

You could say that the AACDP prefers to teach people to fish rather than give them fish, but these days fish are needed.

To support this effort click the DONATE button on the top right side bar of our website. We hope that you will consider another donation of any size to see this food drive through the next difficult months. Another option is a recurring gift, through PayPal or Zelle, if you have on line Bill Pay. As little as $10 a month, that helps the AACDP continue its projects through good times and bad.

These dollars go a long way in Zambia. Your gift will make a great impact on the lives in this small community.

Thank you!

Zambezi Doll Cooperative

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