Chaisa Ward Mission – Farmstew Training

Oct 25, 2022 | Medical Missions

Balm of Hope Rehabilitation Centre 31st October to 4th November 2022

Background

  • Lusaka is a part of eight (8) Districts that form the Lusaka Province in Zambia
  • Lusaka has seven (7) Constituencies comprising low, medium, high and very high density areas.
  • Our area of focus is the 2nd largest Constituency called MANDEVU which is situated in the north east of the city and made up of seven Wards with planned areas and sixteen unplanned or Informal areas. The unplanned, very high density areas are called Compounds. Our specific area of focus is one of those areas called CHAISA WARD
  • The number of people living in Lusaka’s informal settlements has nearly tripled over the past two decades to about 1.4 million as of 2020, which is nearly 62% of Lusaka’s current population.
  • Typical of all unplanned very high density areas is the prevalence of diseases and many social ills associated with unemployment, the lack of a drainage system, the spread of diseases outbreaks (such as cholera) especially during the rainy season, the high rate of HIV/AIDS, widespread substance abuse, early pregnancies and early marriages, the discrimination of people with chronic diseases and with disabilities and the total lack of planned neighbourhoods.

Balm of Hope Rehabilitation Centre – Farmstew Training

  • The BALM OF HOPE REHABILITATION CENTRE is a Not for Profit organisation which started operations in July 2018 to provide Human Health and other social services to the most vulnerable children and elderly people in the Society. The scope of services covered was guided by the increase in diseases such as Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, Arthritis, Mechanical backaches etc, and coupled with this was a total lack of community sensitisation to behavioural change in lifestyle and infection prevention programs. The Centre noticed also in its operations that the Primary Care-Givers of many patients were financially disadvantaged and consequently had little or no capacity to meet the financial demands of their families or relatives resulting in an increase in the number of people dying prematurely.
  • Conscious therefore of the social problems in the community, the Balm of Hope is developing further its facilities to become a REHABILITATION and COMMUNITY SUCCOR CENTRE where it can undertake intervention in its current work of Rehabilitation and include in its Operations other intervention in the society against various social ills on a sustainable basis..
  • Some of the most evident social problems that have been observed are: HIV/AIDS, ALCOHOL and DRUG ABUSE, and ILLITERACY over and above the fast degeneration of cultural values and morals and lack of communal solidarity.
We are to show the tender sympathy of the Samaritan …, feeding the hungry, bringing the poor that are cast out to our homes, gathering from God every day grace and strength that will enable us to reach to the very depths of human misery and help those who cannot possibly help themselves. In doing this work we have a favourable opportunity to set forth Christ the Crucified One. TC.6.276
  • Every part of the RECIPE for Abundant life in the FARM STEW program would be necessary in an environment such as this area which is typical of the rest of the high density informal unplanned areas of Lusaka.
  • The challenges of space availability (approx. 156 people per Ha) do not negate the possibilities of positive changes that can be obtained through simple and sustainable practices introduced to the majority of people living in abject poverty
  • In-spite of the lack of land for the growing of crops there is commonly a reasonable amount of space to develop Door-Step gardens as an example.
  • Training is being carried out to a select group of people dedicated to being Agents of Change in a vast vineyard that is waiting to be entered and the best way to do this is in the heart of the areas where these interventions are needed most, where the lives of many, many are resigned to hopelessness.

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