Orphans Project” began in May 2003 as
a joint scheme between a group of overseas donors (friends and family)
represented by an Australian Volunteers International person, Mr Kevin
Gilbert (a former Deputy Principal of Overnewton College), and HMP
(Help Ministries Project), a local Zambian registered and approved
non-government organisation based in the Chibobo area in the Central
Province of Zambia.
The project started off with 32 orphans in 2003, but the long-term goal
of the scheme is to improve the lives of the approximately 100 orphans
identified within a 6km radius of the HMP Chibobo Centre, through the
provision of facilities and procedures involving the vital care of
these orphans (eg feeding, clothing, educating).
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is well known in the
area and has the key understanding
and knowledge of the local setting, its people and its particular
needs. Chibobo is a rural area with no electricity or water supply. A
pump provides the only water and this has to be carried into the simple
dwellings .HMP has requested plastic water tanks to utilise the water
that runs off the new dormitory. Simple windmills would relieve the
community of the onerous task of manning the water pump for several
hours per day. The Overnewton community donated a petroldriven power
pump which is operated for irregular short periods and there is a solar
power project being undertaken which will enable the community to have
cheap power on a regular basis.
The community is remote and needs a reliable form of transport when it
is necessary to travel to Serenje, 30kms away. The current vehicle
needs costly repairs. Money is also needed to fund the cost of the
additional orphans. The Chibobo community relies heavily on the
donations of money and goods from the Overnewton community and
supporters, to help improve the standard of living in the area.
Buildings made from locally made bricks have been erected by the local
community to house the orphans, the community pre-school and to house
volunteers. At the moment several new projects are taking place. The
new medical clinic is almost complete and there are plans to build a
house for the doctor who will run the clinic. It is estimated that,
when operational, the clinic will see over a 100 patients a day. A new
dormitory has been built to house the orphans and will be in use when
some minor work is completed and the plumbing of the bathrooms is
finished. This will enable HMP to take in a further 60 orphans,
bringing the total to around 100 children.
Brief Guide to Chibobo
Chibobo is a small
community in northern Zambia. The
is Serenje, 23 kilometres away.
Chibobo Orphanage is run by Help Ministries Projects. Staivous is the
local head of the orphanage.
St Mary’s is a church in Sunbury, Australia. They ran a
trip to Chibobo orphanage in June 2008.
Koala Club was formed when the mission team taught local people to sew,
to knit and other crafts.
Mechanics for Chibobo/ Serenje was formed when the St Mary’s
mission team identified a problem with the lack of maintenance of
vehicles and equipment. It aims to train local people and
locally Orphanage owned facilities for self sustaining professional
maintenance of vehicles in the Serenje area.
John Chilangwa, a young man from Chibobo, commenced a 2 year mechanic
training course in January this year, sponsored by Mechanics for
Joshua Chibuye is a Chibobo teenager who was brought to Australia in
2008 for corrective surgery on his club feet, organised by Moira
Kelly’s Children First Foundation.