Arise supports approximately 150 orphans in and around the local area. The main aim is to empower orphans and vulnerable children. The support Arise gives is mainly focused on education and providing opportunities for guardians to work themselves out of poverty through various empowerment initiatives such as Foundations For Farming, providing fertilizer in exchange for produce, teaching how to conserve fuel / charcoal and other money saving and budgeting ideas - we are trying to break the dependency syndrome that is often rife in Africa.
Orphans and vulnerable children are helped practically in providing them with a good education and spiritually / emotionally through discipleship classes and counselling. The youngest children in Arise are sponsored to attend Kapumpe Christian Primary School while sponsorship is also sort for older children who for the time being are education in local community and government schools. Sponsorship provides the most needy children with school fees, uniform, books and stationery.
Arise seeks to build strong and meaningful relationships with the people in the project by meeting with them on a regualar basis. Arise both visits the homes of guardians and organises gathering for the children each week. Arise is also able to meet specific individual needs as they occur.
Apart from vast poverty, many of the children in Arise have lost both parents and feel rejected in the homes where they now live. Guardians often have their own biological children to support and lack the economic or emotional ability to embrace the orphans and vulnerable children brought to their families. In such circumstances the work of Arise proves invaluable.
The majority of children in Arise go to the local school, Kaniki Basic School. The project has a good relationship with the school. A few years ago this relationship contributed to the opening of grade 8 and 9, which is of huge benefit to the local area. We hope that one day the school can be extended with grade 10-12. However, in the meantime we assist as many orphans as possible to continue their education at schools in Ndola town (15km away).