Paying it Forward in Zambia


'Uncle E' and Mum to hundreds - AngelaTwenty five year-old Emmanuel, or “Uncle ‘E'” as he is called by the children at the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre, lost both of his parents at the age of nine. Emmanuel was continually kicked out of his classes for not paying his school fees and didn’t have food at snack or lunch time on the few days he was in class. Emmanuel, however, was lucky enough to have a friend, Paul, who lived at the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre. Paul told Mrs. Angela Miyanda, founder of the orphanage, about Emmanuel’s dire situation.

Deeply moved by Emmanuel’s plight, Angela visited the school that very week to talk with Emmanuel and his teachers. Thanks to your support, Bread and Water for Africa®, and our partnership with Angela, she had the financial means to pay his remaining school fees, keeping him from being kicked out of class. Emmanuel went to the Kabwata orphanage to thank Angela and she told him he was no longer an orphan – he was a part of their family now.

Today, thanks to his new family and hard work, he has earned a university degree and works in Accounts and Marketing at a large, reputable company in Zambia’s capital city of Lusaka. When asked, Emmanuel says that the biggest problem facing his country today is the crumbling family structure. Emmanuel exuberantly promises that one day he will adopt a child of his own and become the best father he can. He hopes to carry the same good fortune he was blessed with at the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre into someone else’s life.

” In that one week after meeting Mum, I was told my school fees were paid and I received the first new school uniform I’d had in years – and I tell you, I was just in shock and thought to myself, what a blessed week this is!”