Sponsor a Young Woman

Grantees Seeking Sponsors

Gertrude Sikakula

Gertrude Sikakula

Miriam Lwipa

Miriam Lwipa

Gertrude Chalikosa

Gertrude Chalikosa

Theresa Ngoma

Theresa Ngoma

Mapalo Mungwele

Mapalo Mungwele

Naomi Lungu

Naomi Lungu

Sara Muluti

Sara Muluti

Thandiwe Kanyika

Thandiwe Kanyika

Given Mulenga

Given Mulenga


Grantees with Sponsors

Ezra Chilambwe

Ezra Chilambwe

Mirriam Nampamba

Mirriam Nampamba

Sarah Mwango

Sarah Mwango

Edna Nampokolwe

Edna Nampokolwe

Ruth Mulenga

Ruth Mulenga

Chishimba Misteria

Chishimba Misteria

"Hope"

“Hope”

Hilda Namuchenje

Hilda Namuchenje

Memory Chipasha

Memory Chipasha

Prudence Nampokolwe

Prudence Nampokolwe

Rabecca Kapamba

Rabecca Kapamba

Charity Musonda

Charity Musonda

Natasha Kafusha

Natasha Kafusha

Ethel Nkonde

Ethel Nkonde

Theresa Mulenga

Theresa Mulenga

Queen Musonda

Queen Musonda

Sandra Mwanza

Sandra Mwanza

Naomy Chola

Naomy Chola

Precious Michese

Precious Michese

Estella Namfukwe

Esther Namfukwe

Luswepo Suza

Luswepo Suza

Janet Mulenga

Janet Mulenga

Veronica Bwalya

Veronica Bwalya

Marvelous Musonda

Marvelous Musonda

Christabell Chewe

Christabell Chewe

Kupela Banda

Kupela Banda

Susan Mwanza

Susan Mwanza

Idah Chanda

Idah Chanda

Faith Chipope

Faith Chipope

Paxina Nalondwa

Paxina Nalondwa


Grantees Seeking Sponsors

Gertrude Chalikosa

Gertrude Chalikosa

“Ever since I can remember my Grandmother and my younger sister and I have struggled to live well. I badly need your assistance so that I can finish my education and become somebody in life. Without education life can be very difficult as I have seen in my own family.”

Gertrude lost both of her parents at a young age and has since lived with her aging grandmother. Though too old to work, Grandma provided for Gertrude and her younger sister by selling things here and there as well as relying on the kindness of others. School fees were too much for Grandma to manage so, after Gertrude did well on her grade 7 exams, her Grandmother brought her here to seek assistance from Bakashana Program. Gertrude, due to her exceptional results, is now studying at the best girls school in the Province and enjoying the life and study time that living at the Bakashana Boarding House has afforded her. You can help Gertrude become a part of your ‘extended family’ as well!

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Miriam Lwipa

Miriam Lwipa

Miriam’s smile speaks to her strength, as she has had a very challenging few years. Miriam, 15, and her brother lost both of their parents in 2012, and went to live with an Aunt in a deep village named Shiwa`ngandu. Soon after settling into life there, their Aunt passed away, leaving Miriam and her brother orphaned once again. She recently moved to Kasama, where she is living with her “Mama” (Grandmother). Miriam’s grandmother is quite old and lives in a township very far from Kasama. Despite all of this hardship, Miriam did well on her national exam and was selected into the best girls’ school in Kasama. She knows that her grandmother cannot support her and her brother with a subsistence farming lifestyle, and personally fought for a place at school, and in the Bakashana program.

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Thandiwe Kanyika

Thandiwe Kanyika

“My challenge is that I’ve been staying alone, and just trying to support myself finding peace work. I’m failing to sustain myself and focus on my studies, so I’m asking for your help.”

Thandiwe was living in a village far from Kasama where she attended a Mission School. She lived in a home with her twin sister, her mother, and her step-father. Her step-father was abusive to the girls and Thandi’s twin dropped out of school to be married at 15. Thandiwe became pregnant with her daughter and was forced to take leave of school. When trying to return after having her baby, the school refused to take her back. Her mother struggled to find enough money to send her to Kasama to room and board alone while studying. It was at that time, last year, that she began visiting the Bakashana Resource Center. She is now in grade 10 and living at the Bakashana Boarding House. Will you help Thandi to complete her education?

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“The sky is the limit. Being a teacher is a stepping stone in my life and I have dreams of studying law abroad one day. I want to serve as a role model for girls like me who grow up in tough situations. I have learned in my life that what you do, what you are, and what you have all depend on what you think of yourself. If we believe in ourselves and work hard, we can achieve anything!”

Given Mulenga

Given Mulenga

Given Mulenga

Given’s story is so extraordinary that she is the first woman in college who we have accepted into the program. We first met Given when she was brought to our offices by an Uncle who wanted so badly to help her that he sold his most prized possession – his bicycle – in order to get her established with some basic school supplies. After meeting Given, we were told by three community leaders about her determination and how deserving she was of assistance, given the hard life that she has lived. Since the beginning of her life, things haven’t been easy for Given. Her mother struggled with mental illness throughout her childhood, and many days would go by when there was only one meal for she and her sister to eat in a day. Through these challenges, Given made school her refuge, pouring everything she could into her studies. Her hard work paid off, and she was accepted into Kasama Teacher’s Training College in 2016. She tried her hardest all year to find support but failed. That’s when she came to our offices. She is now in her first year of teacher training, and looking for a sponsor to help her on her path.

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Gertrude Sikakula

Gertrude Sikakula (left) and her sister

Gertrude Sikakula (left) and her sister

After her parents both died in 2014, Gertrude’s elder sister, who was only 23 at the time, took on the responsibility of caring for Gertrude and three more of her younger siblings. Now, at age 26, Gertrude’s older Sister is the primary caregiver not only for her own two young children but for her four younger siblings as well – all of whom are in Secondary School. Gertrude’s Sister Mary came to our offices seeking assistance in alleviating a bit of her burden. She works as a maid here-and-there and lives with the family in a township on the outskirts of Kasama in humble conditions. Gertrude is studying in grade 8 at a skills school and has ambition to become an independent woman who can help to provide for her family. Thanks to Bakashana, and maybe you who is reading this story, she will now have that opportunity.

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“I have been and will always be attentive in school. I hope to become a lawyer once I finish with University so that I can help people solve their problems in an organized way.”

Mapalo Mungwele

Mapalo Mungwele (left) and her mother

Mapalo Mungwele (left) and her mother

Mapalo is the first born of 5, 3 girls and 2 boys. Her Mother is a subsistence farmer who stays in a village outside of Kasama. Her mother, not only responsible to care for her 5 children, also cares for her aging parents. With the help of Bakashana and a sponsor, Mapalo with be the first in her family to be educated past grade 7. Will that sponsor be you?

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Naomi Lungu

Naomi Lungu

“I would like to work in a way in my life which will help children. Especially children who are left alone without a father because people have no mercy for children left fatherless.”

Naomi is a 15 year-old girl coming from a rural village in the Eastern Province of Zambia. Her mother moved them there to live with Naomi’s father’s family. Unfortunately, when she was in third grade, Naomi’s Father died, leaving her mother alone with three children and no support from her late husband’s family, far away from her own. Her mother returned to the village to farm, but realizing that the place was rural and without access to quality education, Naomi and her two sisters came to Kasama to live with an Aunt. Naomi struggled in the beginning as she had to learn a new language and adjust to a new culture. She overcame challenges and is now in grade 8, and with your help, there is no limit to how many other she can help!

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“Being a school girl in this family has been a big challenge especially in trying to find just my basic needs to go to school. I worked so hard to score well on my exam and it has been through pain and the desire that I have for my family that one day I will be able to redeem my family.”

Sara Muluti

Sara Muluti

Sara is the fourth born in a family of five, all of whom are being raised by Sara’s single mother. Sara’s mother stays with her three elder children, all of whom have failed to complete school and one who is mentally ill. Sara is her family’s hope. Sara’s mother has struggled to pay for school fees for all of her girls and is barely able to provide for all of them given her humble occupation of a vegetable seller. Her mother travels on foot an hour and a half every day to and from town to sell carrots, cucumbers, and other vegetables. Sara is now happily in grade 8 and living at the Bakashana Boarding House. Will you help Sara to help her family?

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Theresa Ngoma

Theresa Ngoma

“My life has been a life of suffering since the day I was born. I want to work hard in school so that I can finish the suffering in my family. I want to help my mother so that she can rest and because she has done everything for me and my family.”

Theresa’s father passed away the year she was born. Since then she has lived with her single mother who has struggled to get by without any family support. She struggled to support Theresa through working different odd-jobs until she secured a job as a night guard, though her pay is only around $50/month. On this humble salary, Theresa’s Mother has struggled to support her young family. Theresa, against all odds, has done very well in school and was selected to begin grade 8 at the best private school in Kasama. Can your family help Theresa’s family?

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Grantees with Sponsors


Ezra Chilambwe

Ezra Chilambwe

Ezra Chilambwe

Ezra is an orphan whose parents died in 2013. Since then, she has moved around the Province to stay with any relative who could temporarily accommodate the challenge of another child. Last year, she was studying at a Mission school where the Mission’s Sisters and Brothers were assisting her. She has always seen school as an opportunity to change her life’s trajectory and pursue a better future. After passing all subjects on her grade 9 exam, she came to live with an Uncle who lives about 20 miles from Kasama. Her Uncle has 8 children of his own and stays with his aging parents as well as one of his grandchildren. Ezra is now enjoying boarding at Bakashana Boarding House and looks forward to continuing to work hard in school.

Thank you to Ezra’s Educational Benefactor, Linda Short!




Mirriam Nampamba

Mirriam Nampamba

Mirriam Nampamba

Mirriam Nampamba is 21 years old and hopes to enter grade 10 next year. Her age might surprise you – she hasn’t been able to study for the last two years because her single mother hasn’t been able to afford school fees. Her education has been delayed on two other occasions, each time for an entire year due to lack of financial support. During this time she has helped support her family through farming. Through all her hardships she has resisted early marriage and pregnancy, trusting that one day her dream of being a high school graduate will come true.

Thank you to Mirriam’s Full Sponsors, Joan and Keith Westpy!



Sarah Mwango

Sarah Mwango

Sarah Mwango is the second to last born in a family of five. Her parents are both now in their late 60s and continue to support themselves as subsistence farmers. Sarah will be entering grade 11 in 2016 and is the first in her extended family to have reached high school. She comes from Lukupa village, where Justin and Claire have been hosted so graciously for the last two years. As a reward for her hard work at school and on the farm, she is one of the girls living at the Bakashana resource center where she has time to fully immerse herself in her studies. She is overjoyed to be pursuing her education.

Thank you with Love to Sarah’s Full Sponsors, Pan and Carl Awsumb, Todd and Krystina Barnum, Sherry Hostetter, and Mac and Mo Smith!



Edna Nampokolwe

Edna Nampokolwe

“At my primary school we are using Bemba. Now at Kasama Girls we don’t use Bemba we speak English. I am confused speaking English but I know that if I try hard to understand it will be better for me.”

Edna is in grade 8 and recently graduated from a small, rural school called Katito near Mbala in the very North of Zambia. Before becoming a full-time boarding student in Kasama, Edna lived with her parents who are subsistence farmers. She is a Mambwe by tribe, yet like many Zambians she is a skilled linguist and speaks three languages, including English. She passed with exceptional marks and is excited to begin testing her English comprehension and fluency at Kasama Girls School. Edna was recommended to Bakashana by a hard-working and dedicated Peace Corps Volunteer named Joon, who teaches English at Edna’s school, and had the pleasure of working closely with Edna in his classes. Joon assured us that Edna’s motivation and dedication will help her succeed in school, and that without the help of Bakashana she would not have had the chance to continue her education.

Thank you to Edna’s Full Sponsors, Kim and Jason McPhee and Family!




Ruth Mulenga

Ruth Mulenga

Ruth, grade 9, is a quiet young woman who enjoys science and math classes. She lives with her mother and two siblings in a single room, in a compound which was previously a school classroom block. During the farming season, Ruth stays alone with her two younger siblings, supporting and caring for them, while her mother works to provide for the family by farming in a village more than 100KM away. This is her first year at Laura Girls School, and she has been inspired by her teachers to become a Sister. Her father left the family when she was 5. We selected Ruth because of the maturity and hard work she has shown, not only in succeeding in school, but doing so while supporting her two younger siblings on her own, at only 15 years of age.

Thank you to Ruth’s Full Sponsors, Shirley Dorsey and Barbara Chambers!



Chishimba Misteria

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“Now I am doing my best and I am sure I will pass my grade 9 exam next year.”

Chishimba, grade 8, comes from a small village called Henry Kapata, on the outskirts of Kasama. Her father died when she was very young, and her mother left Chishimba and 2 other children with her sister and relocated. Chishimba was blessed to have an aunt who cared for her and made sure she had enough food to eat, and the chance to go to school. Still, when it came time progress to secondary school, Chishimba’s aunt did not have enough funds to support her own children and Chishimba at the same time. Bakashana heard of Chishimba’s story and her excellent marks in school, and knew it would be a shame for such a hard-working girl, supported by such a devoted aunt, to stop her schooling prematurely. She is now learning at Kasama Girls School on full sponsorship, and she looks forward to earning a degree and helping her Aunt and family in the future.

Thank you to Chisimba’s Full Sponsors, Sandra Martinez and Gaya Shakes!



“Hope”

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Hope* was brought to our resource center late in the night by her distant cousin. They were both in tears and we learned of Hope’s difficult last three years during which she was continually sexually abused by an uncle. Forced to drop-out of school in grade 7, she had spent time working as a maid in the capital Lusaka and had recently returned back to the home of her abusive uncle all before the age of 16. With no where to go, she turned to Bakashana. Hope is now enrolled in school and attending everyday. We set-up a safe stay for her and she is, for the first time in her young life, enjoying being a young girl free of worry and abuse. Our resource center has allowed us to be a beacon in the community for young women and girls facing tough times, including “Hope” – who now has a sponsor!

* “Hope’s” name has been changed and her face hidden for anonymity.

Thank you to “Hope’s” Full Sponsor, Ingeborg Holliday and Family!




Hilda Namuchenje

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“When I was writing my grade 7 exam I didn’t think that I could pass, my Mother was very sick and my sister was sick also. I would sit in class but my brain would stop working good. I didn’t think that I could pass because my brain is not good. Sometimes I just cry and cry because my heart is not good either. I would cry in class. The time when I was happy was when I played with my friends. I just put energy into school and I went to church to pray because God is Good. My mother is a good mother because we eat food everyday, and we grow well because of it. I am so happy to be in grade 8, God bless the people who help me because it is God who gives people a big heart.”

Hilda is in grade 8, she passed through grade 7 while living with her mother in the village of Chiba, a densely populated suburb of Kasama. Hilda and her mother are both strong, dedicated women. After Hilda’s father left the family more than ten years ago, she continued studying and going to school while increasing her responsibilities at home. Hilda’s mother is often sick, and works tirelessly every day to sell fritters and other cooked snacks in the market near their home. Life for this family is especially challenging because the desertion by Hilda’s father left 5 children without a solid income, and the farming land in the village in which they live has been turned into bars and houses.

Despite these challenges, Hilda is proud to begin secondary school, and grateful to Bakashana and those who support us for the opportunity she has been given to eat three meals a day and dedicate her life fully to her studies. Hilda’s mother is also grateful, and continues to work every day to assist her other 4 children, 3 of whom are still in school.

Thank you to Hilda’s Full Sponsor, Linda Short!



Memory Chipasha

“My Father died in 2012 and that’s when I went to live with my grandma because my mother couldn’t support us. My grandmother took me around to every school seeing if they could help us but they all refused. Now Bakashana is helping me when no one else would.”

Memory Chipasha

Memory is a 13 year-old grade 8 pupil and lives with her Grandmother in a housing compound a great distance from school. She is the last born of four children – three girls and one boy. Her elder brother is in grade 9 and the school fees for both he and Memory are too much for their Grandmother to afford. Grandma is a humble maize farmer and her health is failing her. Her legs are too weak for her to farm much anymore, so she relies on Memory and her two older sisters (both of whom have children and are not yet 20) to farm. Memory’s sisters have assured us that they will make up for Memory’s share of the farming, so that she has an opportunity to go to school.

Thank you to Memory’s Full Sponsor, Catherine Bruns!



Sandra Mwanza

Sandra Mwanza

Sandra, grade 8, has four brothers and sisters. She lost her father some time ago and her Mother works as a housemaid at an office in Kasama. Due to high rent in the town, Sandra’s mother was forced to move to the village, a distance she travels every day to and from work. The distance is too great for Sandra to walk to and from school, so she is living with an older sister in a shanti compound within Kasama. When we asked Sandra what requirements she needed for school, she simply said “food”. We are working with Sandra and her family and hope that, with sponsorship, we will be able to provide Sandra with a bike so that she can be living with her mother and cycling to school.

Thank you to Sandra’s Educational Benefactors, Tom and Carol Deuber!



Rabecca Kapamba

Rabecca Kapamba
“My mother and father died on the same day when I was three years old. I was left with my grandmother but she struggled alot. Thank God that after a long time struggling my grandmother came across a woman who knew about Bakashana program . I was very happy to to go back to school and many things have changed in my life now that I know I can continue. I will never disappoint you, I love you and everyone.”

Rabecca is in grade 9. Her parents are subsistence farmers and while they are supporting her and her many brothers and sisters, there was not enough money to send her to school after finishing grade 7. Her marks were quite good, and Bakashana heard her story and decided to select her to attend Laura Girls School and continue her dream of becoming a nurse. First, she promises to put all of her effort into school, and make her family proud.

Thank you to Rabecca’s Educational Benefactors, Gabriele Garcia and Felipe Brescancini!



“If I finish school I want to be a nurse or a police officer. I want to take care of my Mother, Father, Aunt, and siblings. Now that I am at Kasama Girls I want to learn how to speak English and I want to ask questions.”

Prudence Nampokolwe

Prudence Nampokolwe

Prudence Nampokolwe came to Kasama excited about the possibility of learning for another 5 years. Prudence’s parents are peasant farmer. She is 14 years old and the second born in a family of five. Prudence, grade 8, was living near Mbala in the North of Kasama, where she was working in the fields helping her parents farm while also balancing school. Prudence stood out in her class in terms of participation and performance. Luckily, a recommendation for Prudence reached Bakashana, and we have welcomed her into our extended family.

Thank you to Prudence’s Educational Benefactors, Bob and Mary Lou Hostetter!



Charity Musonda

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“I was excited when I passed my grade 7 exams and asked for help from my Uncle but he didn’t say anything. Then opening day came and I just stayed at home and cried. Finally someone told my mother about Bakashana Program and we went there. I was late for school but they paid my fees and bought my uniform and I was happy! I was very happy to hear that I am going to school and my Mother was also very happy. Our group is Bakashana. I am very happy to be in this group because Bakashana teaches us good behavior from bad behavior and how to take care of ourselves. May God be with everyone who helps the Bakashana group.”

Charity is in grade 8, the last born in a family of five, she has three sisters and one brother. Her father died in 2000 when she was six years old. Her mother works as a subsistence farmer and has moved around with her family, staying with different family members in different villages to receive their assistance in raising her children. She now lives in Lukupa village, just North of Kasama in the same community that Claire and Justin live. She is a lively girl with a warm smile and a zest for learning. When she came to Bakashana with her mother seeking support – well after the deadline for school selection – it was clear that this young woman would not be able to continue her education without assitsance. Using her name as an omen, Bakashana followed the signs and convinced Kasama Girls School to open another space for her; at the same time we increased the number of girls on scholarship this year to accommodate space for Charity. The smile on her face when she found out that she will get to continue her education made all the efforts seem like pleasures. Charity is now in school and her mother is back in Lukupa, encouraging other young women to study hard and concentrate on their education. We’ve shifted our priorities to help this young woman – can you and your family do the same?

Thank you to Charity’s Full Sponsors, Jane Deuber and Mario Villacres!



“My mother died when I was two months old, and after my Father died life was hard and we had to farm our hardest because we are eight in the family; five girls and three boys. I am the last born child in my family. I was excited when I passed into grade 9 but then I was sad because my Uncle told me that he didn’t have enough money to pay for my school. I started to cry when he told me this and I asked God what I had done wrong, since I had passed my exams but still wasn’t able to go to school. Then Bakashana program helped me and answered my prayers. Thank you! Thank you!”

Natasha Kafusha

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Natasha, in grade 9 this year, is a special selection from Bakashana. We pushed her acceptance into the school after learning of her story from her class teacher at a basic school here in Kasama. Natasha’s mother is a single parent raising 8 children, and Natasha has been attending school without paying fees for several years, as the administration at her local basic school saw her potential, and the difficult family situation she was facing, and would not turn her away.

Despite walking many miles to and from school each day, often on an empty stomach and frequently soaked in the rainy season, Natasha still managed to pass her exams. When Bakashana visited her previous school to investigate the stories of some other potential grantees, the administration adamantly campaigned for Natasha’s sponsorship. Her class teacher was almost in tears when describing the girl’s story, and the inspiration that she provides for her classmates. We are excited to provide Natasha with a place in boarding, where she will have food and a short, dry passage to her classes. The prospects for her successful education have just increased significantly, and she is excited to show her potential. Will you help her unlock that potential?

Thank you to Natasha’s Educational Benefactors, Melissa and Trent Lanz!



Ethel Nkonde

Ethel Nkonde

Ethel had the highest score of any of our new grantees. Her bright smile and gentle demeanor hide a troubled story. Ethel and her three siblings were living with her mother until her drinking became such a problem that she left her children. At that point Ethel went to live with her Aunt whose husband died 12 years ago. Ethel’s Aunt has taken on the responsibility of caring for her four nieces and nephews in addition to her two children. Ethel’s Auntie sells salt in the nearby market but struggles to provide for so many dependents. Ethel loves school and is very excited to be part of the Bakashana program. Her marks and attitude are excellent, and she is sure to succeed.

Thank you to Ethel’s Full Sponsor, Jonah Gropper!



Theresa Mulenga

Theresa Mulenga

Theresa’s story was brought/to our attention in the second term of the school year because her case was urgent. As she told us, Bakashana was her last hope. Though the brightest and highest-scoring in her grade 9 class, Theresa’s lack of family support and finances prevented her from starting grade 10 on-time. We were fortunate to secure a spot for her at a Boarding school about 100 km outside of Kasama. The Head Teacher only agreed to enroll her (though she missed the first term) because of her outstanding marks and proactive attitude.Theresa is 15 years old and has been living with her Grandparents since 2009, after her Father passed away and Mother abandoned her and her two siblings, not to be seen or heard from for more than 11 years. Theresa’s life at home with her grandparents is not conducive to learning, and she has had a rough go.

Regardless of these obstacles, she has persevered and pro-actively pursued the future that she knows she deserves instead of sitting back and letting her life pass her by. We feel grateful to have such a confident, well-spoken and strong young woman as part of the Bakashana family.

Thank you to Theresa’s Educational Benefactor, Joyce Williams!


Queen Musonda

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Queen Musonda is 15 years old from a village very far from Kasama named Simweo Mwanankonde. She was the only pupil in her grade 7 class to pass her exams. We investigated and found that one month after schools had opened, Queen still had not reported to school. While this could have meant the end of the education road for Queen, Bakashana got in touch with the Head Teacher at her primary school and inquired about her situation. We found that Queen’s mother is alone in supporting her children, and had a failed maize harvest last year. It is for these reasons that she was not able to come up with more than 1,000 Kwacha this term (more than $170) required to enroll her daughter in school. Imagine the implications for a family that lives on “less than $1 a day”. Today, Queen is attending school thanks to Bakashana and her sponsors!

Thank you to Queen’s Full Sponsors, Cindy and Ed Valentine!


Janet Mulenga

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Janet Mulenga is 16 years old, and loves to play netball. Her father passed away in 2003, leaving her mother to support she and her 7 siblings through subsistence farming. When we visited Janet and her mother in her village, Itinti, to explain the goals of our program, Janet’s face lit up with excitement before she silently bowed her head in prayer. Having thought that her opportunity to continue her education had dwindled, Janet was overjoyed to learn that she had been selected to receive support from Bakashana. Janet is the first woman in her family to attend secondary school, and is so thrilled to have picked up a full sponsor who has made the sacrifice to support her and join her on her educational journey!

Thank you to Janet’s Full Sponsor, Paul Sawyer!



Naomy Chola

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Naomy Chola is 15 years-old and is full of personality with a wonderful smile. She is from the Village of Mulanshi. Because her parents couldn’t afford to send Naomy to boarding school in Kasama, she would have failed to continue her education because there are no secondary schools in her area. Naomy is now free to focus on her studies while boarding at Kasama Girls’ School, and her continued education greatly reduces her risk for early pregnancy and child marriage while increasing her future opportunities.

Thank you to Naomy’s

Educational Benefactor, Michelle Barr!


Precious Michese

Precious Michese

Precious is 15 years old, and comes from a village about 20 km outside of Kasama. Her Grandmother has been her primary caregiver since she lost her parents some years ago. Precious had higher marks than any pupil (male or female) at her school in the village of Kalafya. Her grandmother walked to Kasama Girls to fight for a space for her granddaughter, but was discouraged to find that there were no options for sponsorship. Returning home disappointed, the family was very excited to learn of the opportunity to be sponsored by Bakashana. Precious’ older brother has been supporting the family by crushing and selling stones in a make-shift rock quarry, but couldn’t raise enough to pay the school fees. Precious is quite shy and quiet, but incredibly smart and motivated. We look forward to helping her bloom as she works with our program and builds her confidence!

Thank you to Precious’ Full Sponsors, Lauren Kawahakui and Eliana Lee!


Esther Namfukwe

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Esther had the highest marks of any young woman who sat for selection into our program this year. She lost her Father in 2002, and then her mother in 2010. With the help of Bakashana and her sponsor, Esther went from living in a grass-thatched house with her 19-year-old brother to staying in boarding at Laura Girls, the finest Boarding accommodation in Kasama! She is the top perfoming pupil in her grade and will go far, having been given the chance. When we asked Esther what she wanted to do when she finished school, she said “I will be a doctor.” If she keeps her spirit and grades up, anything is possible! This young woman is determined!

Thank you to Esther’s

Educational Benefactors, Cathy and Glen Bengson!


Luswepo Suza

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Luswepo is 15 years old, and her stature does not match her charisma! She is slight, but strong! Luswepo stays with her Mother and three siblings. We were surprised when we visited her home, as the directions took us to a more “well-off” part of town. We found that she and her family have struggled since the loss of her father in 2011. They are challenged by the fact that they have no land to farm, and no other way of making an income. This means that they are living in need, but surrounded by abundance -surely a challenging situation for anyone, let alone a teenage girl. Luswepo understands the reality of her situation, and sought out our staff after preliminary interviews, giving us her mother’s phone number and asking us what time we could be expected to visit her home. She was overjoyed to learn that she had been selected to join the Bakashana family.

Thank you to Luswepo’s

Educational Benefactor, Pat Mussieux!


Veronica Bwalya

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Veronica was recommended by the Head Teacher at Laura Girls School. She had come to school in 2014 in need of assistance, but her grades were not good enough for her to be admitted. On recommendation, she repeated grade 8 at the school in her village, and achieved her goal, passing with high marks last year. Veronica has always wanted to go to Laura Girls School, and has been showing up on weekends to help in small ways with gardening and washing in order to secure a place for herself. She is 16 years old, and lost both of her parents at a young age. Since that time, she has been staying with her single Aunt who gets by selling fry cakes. Veronica has ambition to be a teacher when she finishes school, and with the help of Bakashana and her personal sponsor, she will have the opportunity to achieve her dreams.

Thank you to Veronica’s

Educational Benefactor, Gayle Longoria!


Marvelous Musonda

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Marvelous Musonda is 16 years old and lives in Chibuta village in the Chilubula area. She is one of four girls and has four brothers as well. Her mother, Theresa Mulenga, lives with five of her children in a single-room, grass-thatched house. Marvelous’ grandmother lives in a small hut nearby. Marvelous was one of 4 girls from her primary school to pass her grade 7 national exams and be selected to move on to secondary school.

Marvelous’ father died when she was 10 years old, and since that time, her mother has supported 8 children on her own by subsistence farming.

Marvelous is outgoing, athletic, and passionate about school. She said that being admitted to grade eight and being chosen to be sponsored by the Bakshana family have been the greatest achievements of her life.

Thank you to Marvelous’

Educational Benefactors, Lisa & Lindsey Sekulich!


Christabell Chewe

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Christabell Chewe is 15 years old in grade 10 at Kasama Girls School. She has one brother and two sisters, and is the third born. Her father died in January 2006, and since then, her mother has been supporting her and her siblings alone. Her mother, Judith Mulenga, farms small plots of maize to provide for her children, but has found that with increased school fees, she needs more money than she did when they were young. To earn additional money, Judith and her sister brew a hard grain alcohol called kacasu (ka-cha-su) and sell it out of their home. As with many native communities, alcohol has created many social problems in Kasama and surrounding areas, leading to increased rates of crime and domestic abuse. Most of those who consume this liquor are men.

As you can imagine, living at a bar is not easy for a young woman. Against these odds, Christabell has worked hard to achieve commendable results at school. For these reasons, Kasama Micro Grants has decided to put Christabell in boarding school in Kasama. Chirstabell is soft spoken but loves to dance, and she has dreams of one day becoming an accountant.

Thank you to Christabell’s Full Sponsor, Ruth Deuber!


Kupela Banda

Kupela is an outspoken, intelligent, good humored 17-year-old living under the care of her grandparents in Kasama. Kupela lost both of her parents to HIV/AIDS at age 2, and her mothers’ parents currently care for she and 14 other grandchildren, having lost all 7 of their children. Kupela has ambitions to become a journalist, and is excited to be a mentor for the new members of the Bakashana family.

Thank you to Kupela’s

Educational Benefactor, Aysa Gray!


Susan Mwanza

Grantee Susan Mwanza

Susan is a quiet force who loves football and comes alive when performing in drama skits or reciting poetry. She lives with her mother and 3 older sisters in Bwembya village. Susan walks the 15 KM to and from her village to Laura Girls School each day, proving to her family and the bakashana family her ambition to become educated. Susan’s mother is a subsistence farmer who has found it challenging to support her 5 daughters on her own. Bakashana is excited to bring Susan into our family, and offer her the opportunity to continue the education she so eagerly desires.

Thank you to Susan’s Educational Benefactor, Lucy Nicholls!


Idah Chanda

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Idah is the oldest of four children. Both of her parents have passed away, leaving Idah, her two brothers and sister orphaned and under the care of their grandfather. Together, the children and their grandfather live in Chitambi Village. Idah is 18 years old and helps her grandfather in his fields after school, trying to help support the family by small-scale farming. Her grandfather has not been able to raise funds to pay for school fees, and in many homes, Idah – being the oldest daughter – would not have the option to pursue her secondary education. Instead, she would be held responsible to care for her younger siblings. With the help of Bakashana and her sponsor, Idah is now boarding at school, the finest boarding accommodation available in Kasama, and given the chance to study at all times, her grades are near perfect. Idah’s strong, quiet presence, and ambition to pursue employment in the medical field after school, in addition to her financial need, make her an ideal candidate for sponsorship and support by Bakashana.

Thank you to Idah’s Full Sponsors, Cindy & Ed Valentine!


Faith Chipope

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Faith is the second born daughter of a family of three living in Namulundu village in the district of Kasama. She is 17 years old, and having just completed 9th grade, is looking forward to pursuing her secondary education at Laura Girls’ School. Faith’s father passed away in 2012 and she and her two siblings are being raised by their mother, Mirriam Nayame. Mirriam works in the informal economy making money by selling produce and small goods, but has not able to raise enough money to pay for her daughter’s school fees. Faith has ambition to pursue her education and become a lawyer. She was selected out of five nominees by a team consisting of Peace Corps Volunteers, Laura Girls’ staff, and the Bakashana team based on her academic abilities, outgoing personality, communication skills, and vulnerability.

Thank you to Faith’s Full Sponsor, Paul Sawyer!


Paxina Nalondwa

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“I stopped going to school in grade seven because my parents were having a hard time finding money for school. I stayed home, after we found some money I repeated grade seven. I managed to pass again but there was still no money for school. We used to pray as a family for help. We asked other family members for help but they were facing their own problems. We asked neighbors, friends, and schools but nothing changed. We never lost hope and continued praying.”

Paxina, grade 10, has been taken care of by her Grandmother and Mother, both of whom are peasant farmers. She passed her grade 9 national exam three years in a row, but each year repeated because the family didn’t have enough money to send her to school in town. Finally, this year, Paxina’s story was brought to our attention by a Peace Corps Volunteer, Katie. Paxina travelled from neighboring District Mbala to be a part of the Bakashana program and continue her education at Kasama Girls School.

Graduates


Patricia Besa

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Patricia Besa is 21 years old, the 3rd of 5 children. In primary school, she passed 8 of 9 classes and had the highest scores on the tests Bakashana administered for admission into scholarship. She is from Mpika district in the village of Lucembe. Patricia was in the Girls Leading our World (GLOW) club and was even selected to go to Lusaka a year ago where she met Hillary Clinton. Both of Patricia’s parents are living but struggle with school fees. Many family members are not supportive of Patricia going to school, but her mother and another female relative have encouraged her. Patricia is thrilled to have graduated secondary school, and is anxiously awaiting her exam results before choosing which options she will pursue in her path to the future.

 

 

 

 

 


Prudence Mulenga

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Prudence Mulenga is 21 years old from Lukupa village in Kasama district about 15 km outside of Kasama. Her father died about 4 years ago and she lives with her mother and 2 younger sisters. She is outgoing, sassy, and has a passion for drama and art. Prudence really comes alive in workshops, and has continued the art of pottery learned in a Bakashana workshop with her community at home. She was proud to have graduated grade 12, but also sad to leave her friends at Kasama Girls School. She is at home with her family helping them farm this rainy season while she anxiously awaits her grade 12 exam results.

       

       

   

 


Ruth Katongo

Ruth or Ruthie as her friends and family call her is a ball of energy! She is the only grantee that we work with who is from Kasama Boma. She was a student at Kapongolo Basic School where our Board Chairperson, Mr. Chileshe was serving as Head Teacher when he noticed that she stood out as a top performer. Upon completion of grade 9, Ruth’s opportunity to pursue a high school education were slim, but thanks to the support she received from Bakashana she enjoyed learning at Kasama Girls School

Ruth is a joker and very animated. During our workshop together we could always count on Ruth for comic relief and she actively participated in all of our activities. Ruth has recently graduated with excellent marks, and has been accepted into three college programs. See more about her situation on our “loans for tertiary education” page.

 


Christine Chileshe

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Christine traveled by bicycle or on foot almost 3 miles each way to attend Nkole Mfumu Basic School. She was one of only three girls to pass her grade 9 exam successfully and qualify to attend grade 10 (high school). Christine is an athlete and her favorite sport is netball (similar to US basketball). We are happy to report that Christine has gone from am employee of Bakashana. Learn more about her on our “KMG Support Team” and “Success Stories” pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hellen Mulenga

Hellen was orphaned and raised by her grandparents before leaving Nkole Mfumu village to study and board in Kasama. Hellen, like many of the eldest girls in Zambian families, was in charge of household duties including cooking meals, caring for her siblings and helping on the family farm, all while trying to stay caught up in school.

Hellen is standing out at Kasama Girls High School as a model student whom other Bakashana Grantees are able to count on for emotional and educational support.

She has offered tutoring to the other Bakashana Grantees in the subjects of Biology and Chemistry- classes in which some of her fellow classmates are struggling. Hellen was also one of our original grantees. She now lives at home with her family in Nkole Mfumu and works at the local community school five days a week. She feels fulfilled giving back to her community the gift of education that she received from Bakashana and its donors.

 


Elly Kapandula

Elly’s family comes from the village of Mpepo where her parents are active members of the community. Her father works with the local clinic to provide nutrition workshops to community members and her mother and father work a small garden in addition to their maize fields in order to sell vegetables at the market and provide additional income for the family.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ivy Chitukwa

Ivy is from a village near to Mpika which is about 100 km from Kasama. Before her work with Bakashana, Ivy had a hard time learning and focusing, after watching her participation in extra sessions and workshops, it became clear that Ivy was in need of glasses. The gift of sight allowed Ivy to excel in her classes. Ivy graduated in 2013, and quickly became a mother. She has been one of the driving inspirations for our strong focus on sexual health and family planning at workshops.

 

 

 

 


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