2020 has been exceptionally hard with COVID-19. Most, if not all, of the low income communities in Zambia have felt the effect of the pandemic and of the economic downturn in the country. Jobs have been lost and families are struggling to put food on the table.
In December 2020, in the last week of school in December, Chance4all wanted to take some action and distributed over 1’000 25 kg-bags of mealie-meal (to prepare Nshima, Zambia’s staple food) to the families from the Bauleni Special Needs Project. This support was a small contribution to the community to ease their vulnerability during the festive season while spreading the message of love and hope. We express our deepest gratitude to everyone who has contributed and donated to this good cause, THANK YOU!
In response to schools being closed during last year, Chance4all introduced "homework packages" to support the continued learning of Chance4all students in 7 subjects. The plan was to extend this service to the community schools in the event that schools would remain closed. We are very grateful that schools have reopened and so this programme has been halted.
At the beginning of the pandemic we began distributing emergency care packages to all the families of our sponsored students. These packages contained detergents, hand sanitizer and a 25 kg bag of Mealie-meal, the local staple food (Maize meal). Additionally we were able to purchase facial masks at a special rate from Lightfoot Zambia, a Lusaka based enterprise that is producing reusable and washable facial masks.