Christmas came early for children at the Makeni Transit Centre thanks to a visit by the Kings University Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church children’s department. The visit was part of a life skills training offered by the church during the school holidays. The vocational bible training serves as an avenue through which values and virtues are instilled to the children with an aim of transforming their world view and molding them into better members of society.
Martha* is a Zambian Refugee whose country of origin is The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Martha currently resides in Kanyama having sought asylum in Zambia in 1993 at the height of civil war in DRC. In 2010, Martha fell ill. “I got admitted at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka in a fairly good state but within two weeks my health deteriorated and I thought I would die any day.
At the Makeni Refugee Transit Centre in Lusaka run by AAH Zambia, Sandra* goes about her chores confidently. Except for a slight limp, she is a confident young lady and is at ease with her friends. What may not be immediately apparent to someone are the traumatic events that befell Sandra before she finally found a safe haven at Makeni.
Joseph Lupumba has an important life lesson: to never give up.
Joseph, originally from Congo, was forced to flee his home county in 1994 at the height of war and conflict. While in Congo, Joseph was a teacher but when he came to Zambia he was unable to continue with his passion due to lack of opportunity.
Population growth in Kyangwali refugee settlement, Western Uganda, has intensified pressure on the local environment and demand for natural resources, challenging Action Africa Help Uganda to provide an eco-friendly alternative to firewood.