Occasionally the AACDP hears about a sudden emergency situation involving a person or family within our community. Here are some of the crises we were able to respond to by broadcasting the news through emails asking for support, newsletters and crowdsourcing.
Holliness Moomba and her family the site of the new home
In 2010 a friend in Livingstone, Zambia wrote to me that someone she knew had witnessed four members of her family killed by a drunk driver that plowed into their small house. The wage earner of the family, her mother, had been one of the deceased and the family was destitute. The AACDP raised about $1000 which paid for the funeral and gave them a start on building a traditional house on land their mother had bought years ago. Later we helped Holliness go to nursing school.
The village of Jack Mwanapapa celebrates their solar water system
In 2018 Sydney Mwamba, the general manager of the AACDP in Zambia, told me that his native village of Jack Mwanapapa was in the second year of a serious drought and that the Nansazu river, their source of water for centuries, had completely dried up. Theirs was an agricultural village, with abundant vegetable fields and fruit orchards, but everything was dried up and there was nothing to eat or sell. It was a crisis. So we mounted a GoFundMe campaign and in time found some very generous donors who bought a solar watering system that is being used all over Africa because, due to climate change, water is becoming scarce for so many.
Gertrude and Felistus N'cube
Felistus was the first child to be brought to the Mama Bakhita Home in 1996. She arrived at the age of five years old, wrapped in a blanket, curled into a fetal position, immobilized by cerebral palsy. When I met her in 2005 she was a lively and socially engaging young woman of 13. I attribute this transformation to the attention and therapy and education she received at the hands of the teachers and Sisters at the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Home.
She has lived with her grandmother, Pauline, who was one of the Zambezi Doll makers, and has lived all of her life in the same house that the family built in 1935 after immigrating from Zimbabwe.
Pauline became ill and died last spring, an eventuality that we had been trying to prepare for. Sydney Mwamba, the general manager of the AACDP in Zambia, interviewed women in Felistus's neighborhood and found a caretaker which we pay a small monthly stipend to make sure Felistus is safe, well fed and able to continue life in the neighborhood where she in known and appreciated.