Latest news from Wukwashi

Jul 30, 2020
Category: World News

Recent news from Zambia is encouraging. Joyce, from our local partner, Wukwashi, tells us she has had a bad back but, otherwise, she and Henry and their children are all well. All the Wukwashi volunteers are well too, as are the children and families they serve.

When we spoke to Joyce, there had been very few reported cases of COVID-19: 1,382 positive coronavirus cases out of 45,248 tests conducted, with only 11 deaths. Life was very much returning to normal in Zambia and even churches were reopening, as long as members of the congregation wore masks.

However, things have changed a little in the last two weeks. There has been an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 and, because of this, restrictions on movement have been tightened. The Zambian parliament has been adjourned, for example. Wukwashi is therefore continuing to support families in their network with vulnerable children, but still being very cautious about hygiene and social distancing.

Please pray for Zambia and for Wukwashi, in particular.

Give thanks

  • Wukwashi has received a donation of 50 bags of mealie meal from a church, which they are distributing to families in their network, to help address the current food shortages. The mayor has donated 200 face masks and hand sanitiser, too.  
  • Wukwashi has run a very successful week-long training workshop for 30 volunteers from Kitwe, using our 'Transform Disability' resource. The team hope that some of the volunteers will now be able to deliver the training themselves, to pass on what they have learned.

Please pray

  • That the recent spike in coronavirus cases will be brief and temporary.
  • For Joyce, Henry and the volunteers; that all of them will remain healthy. 
  • For complete healing of Joyce's back.
  • For the health of children and volunteers alike, as the volunteers continue to provide support to local families.

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