NEW ZCF SPOKESPERSON: SOPHIE B HAWKINS

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We are very excited to announce that Grammy nominated Sophie B. Hawkins is our first celebrity “spokesperson”. Sophie will talk about ZCF whenever she can at appearances, concerts, etc. She has already posted on her Facebook page a thank you for our gifts of beaded jewelry. Sophie is currently in a one woman show about Janis Joplin. In addition, Sophie will be touring to promote her newly released CD “The Crossing”. Sophie also contributed the song “A Child” for our benefit CD now in pre-production. Finally, Sophie is very interested in getting together with Zambian musicians to produce an EP of music as a future fundraiser.

We look forward to working with Sophie who shares our concerns, beliefs, and hopes for the children of Zambia.You can learn more about Sophie at www.sophiebhawkins.com.

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Save A Child For The Holidays…

Saving the life of a child is the greatest gift you can give. Make your gift count this Holiday Season by providing orphans with the tools they need to break the cycle of extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS in Zambia.

Let your friends and family know that this year you are setting aside material desires and instead truly focusing on those less fortunate. We can provide you with brochures to mail, an email template, or an online greeting card to let your friends and family know that you are a dedicated ZCF supporter!

When a donation is made in someone’s name they will receive a card letting them know of the generosity of the giver. Contact us today to learn more!

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Thoughts from Zambia by Victor, a ZCF Board Member and native Zambian

Greetings,

This may be the first time you are hearing directly from a Zambian. Thank you so much for your interest and care for children thousands of miles away, children that you have never seen and may never see. In your caring, you have touched  them more than you can ever imagine, you are planting seeds of compassion. I went to Zambia for my mother’s funeral and wanted to visit the orphanage again, which I had  first visited in 2008.

You will be happy and proud to know that when I passed unannounced by the orphanage in Zambia this past May, I was met by happy noises. I could hear the happy sounds of children as they seamlessly moved in and out of the dining hall. These beautiful noises are a testament of how your generosity is bearing fruit and how much we need you not to give up on these beautiful noises.VIDEO LINK FROM VICTOR’S TRIP:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9kQQXcZi7A&feature=plcp

Let me tell you what makes this orphanage special, it does not feel or look like an orphanage, it feels like a real home and the children have 3 meals a day. As a Zambian, I want this to stand as an example of how to best take care of orphans, to succeed as a shining example. It has caught the eye of The Ministry of Community Development and Social Services; they take people to the orphanage to show them a success story. In reality, this is your success story. Please, take a moment to compile a list of your friends and ask them on behalf of these children for a helping hand. Call ZCF for extra brochures. It takes a global village to make beautiful noises last. VIDEO LINK FROM VICTOR’S TRIP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdiHhSqjgdI&feature=context-cha

It was twilight when I left the orphanage, 9 kids had organized a soccer game and were really having fun though their ball was falling to pieces. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9xPAccU8Io&feature=plcp As a new member of the ZCF Board I was able to look at things from a fresh perspective. Two houses that had been under construction in 2008 were now operational and the school had added a wing with more classrooms including a library and a media center. There were more fruit trees and also more plants and shrubs around the homes that made a very beautiful sight. I later had lunch with the teachers and I asked for feedback and ideas. I promised them I would do my best to act as a bridge between the two cultures. As Kathe prepares to retire, we are in a very challenging transition and we need your help more than ever to ensure the successful continuation of this wonderful orphanage. I look forward to seeing the fruits of your support and the new children who come to be helped by your generous contributions.

Many, many thanks, Victor Simwala Board Member

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Saturday, October 27, 2012 the Zambian Children’s Fund will host “Make a Difference Day” at 122 North Craycroft from  9:00  until  3:00.

 

Please bring gently used children’s clothing (we take new items too!), shoes, school supplies, books for all ages, fabric and sewing supplies.

We will sort, pack and box items so they will be ready to put into a shipping container to send to Zambia.  Experienced packers will be available to train new volunteers.  For more info contact us at: www.zambianchildrensfund.org or 323-2504.

Please bring donations between 9:00 and 2:00, to Building 4 at 122 N. Craycroft.  We hope to be able to finish sorting and boxing everything by 3:00.

Most of the children living or going to school at the Chishawasha Children’s Home are between the ages of 6 and 16 and we will have lots of photos of the children and Chishawasha campus.

So come and enjoy a day helping others and working with children and adults from Tucson and MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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WE NEED YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR FUTURE ZCF NEWSLETTERS

In 2013 we will begin sending our Newsletter by e-mail to save money. Please
send us an e-mail (info@zambianchildrensfund.org) stating your wish to receive the newsletter by e-mail.

You can also go to our website (www.zambianchildrensfund.
org) and select the “Sign Up For Newsletter” link. Be sure to note
in the Comments box that you wish to receive the newsletter by e-mail and
complete the name and address boxes to ensure we have the correct information in our database for you. If you do not have access to e-mail we will continue to mail you a paper copy.

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Kathe Padilla, our founder and Executive Director, has decided that she would like to retire soon. We are now in a time of transition. Kathe will continue as Executive Director of ZCF and the Board of Directors will be overseeing everything in the US and in Zambia as we prepare the search process to hire a new Director.

Through her hard work and visionary skills, Kathe created an amazingly successful and beautiful orphanage and school to help the children in Zambia. We are so grateful to the staff at Chishawasha Children’s Home, The Glassco Foundation of Canada, and you, our
faithful donors, who have made this possible over the last 12 years.

The Chishawasha campus now supports 150 beautiful children and is growing…there will be many more children in the future whose lives depend on us. It will take all of us working together to be able to write the next chapter for Chishawasha.

We need to raise twice the money as we have in the past, as well as to enlarge and develop our Board of Directors. We also need to make more people aware of this important work to help these children.

We are working with an advisor from SCORE which is a national organization of retired business people who work with small businesses and nonprofits.

We have been accepted by SCNO at The University of Arizona, a group at the Eller School of Business that selects one non-profit a semester to work with and advise.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We need you to tell your friends and help us spread the word about The Zambian Children’s Fund and the Chishawasha Children’s Home. We need you to locate groups in your area, or form your own group where Kathe can speak. We need you to help us raise money, create and execute fundraising ideas in your area, and/or find funding sources. If you have contacts with individuals, large organizations or Foundations that
could help, please let us know. You can also help by sponsoring a child.

We will support your efforts in any way we can. Just contact me for support and materials:
crgbpg@aol.com
520-237-8881
or the ZCF office:
info@zambianchildrensfund.org
520-323-2504

Thank you so much for your support through the years.
Barbara Goldschmid
President of The Board of Directors

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ZCF has a chance to win grant money through Chase: Please Vote for the Zambian Children’s Fund 9/6-9/19

Please Vote for ZCF to help win grant money from the Chase Community Giving Program to raise and educate orphans in Zambia!

ZCF, along with thousands of other charities, has been chosen to compete in the Chase Community Giving Program.  Chase will divide $5,000,000 between the 196 Charities who receive the most votes. Chase customers with a Chase online account and Facebook users can vote for their favorite charity from Thursday, September 6, 2012 through Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

How Can You Vote?

Chase Customers with a Chase online account will receive two (2) votes on www.ChaseGiving.com.  Each vote on www.ChaseGiving.com must be cast for a different Eligible Nominated Charity.

Facebook (www.facebook.com) users who allow “Access” to the Chase Community Giving application will receive two (2) votes on the Chase Community Giving application on Facebook. Each vote must be cast for a different Eligible Nominated Charity. You can receive “bonus” votes if you share the link with a friend on Facebook and they vote as well.

Note: If you have both an online Chase account and a Facebook account, you can vote for ZCF through both to increase your impact!

This is not only a great opportunity for ZCF to receive much needed funds to support the Chishawasha Children’s Home, but also a much needed platform to gain national attention that will highlight the impacts ZCF is having on children’s lives in Zambia.

DETAILS BELOW:

The 196 Eligible Nominated Charities who receive the most votes will receive a grant as described below. The grant recipients will be announced on or about September 20, 2012.

The Voting Period begins on September 6, 2012 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on September 19, 2012.

There are two (2) ways to vote:

1.) http://www.ChaseGiving.com: During the Voting Period, Chase customers will automatically receive two (2) votes to cast during the Voting Period by visiting www.ChaseGiving.com and following the directions. Chase customers may also cast votes on Facebook as defined below. Voters on ChaseGiving.com can only cast one (1) Standard ChaseGiving.com vote per charity.

2.) Facebook: During the Voting Period Facebook Users on the Facebook Chase Community Giving application will automatically receive two (2) votes to cast during the Voting Period on the Chase Community Giving application found at www.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving. A Facebook user can only cast one (1) Standard Facebook Vote per charity. A Facebook user can earn one (1) bonus vote by allowing “Access” and sharing any content from the Chase Community Giving application to his/her Facebook newsfeed or timeline. If one of the Facebook users’ Facebook Friends links back to the Chase Community Giving Application and casts a vote, the original Facebook user will earn one (1) bonus vote. The bonus vote earned by the original Facebook user can only be cast once he/she has cast his/her two (2) Standard Facebook Votes. Voters must return to his/her Facebook page to find out whether he/she has earned a bonus vote as it will be displayed both in the header as well as in the “apps and games” link. There is a limit of one (1) bonus vote earned per Voter.

Voters who vote at http://www.ChaseGiving.com and Facebook have the potential of voting a minimum of four (4) times and a maximum of five (5) times. A Voter who is a Chase customer may be able to vote for the same Charity three (3) times, one (1) vote on http://www.ChaseGiving.com, one (1) vote on Facebook and one (1) bonus vote on Facebook if all requirements are met to earn that bonus vote as outlined above.

Grants

Chase will donate the $5,000,000 to the 196 Eligible Nominated Charities who receive the most votes as follows:

  • $250,000 to the Charity receiving the most votes;
  • $100,000 to the next ten runner’s-up Charity;
  • $50,000 to the next thirty-five runner’s-up Charity;
  • $20,000 to the next fifty runner’s-up Charities;
  • $10,000 to the next one-hundred runner’s-up Charities;
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How ZCF is helping AIDS orphans in Zambia

The Zambian Children’s Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to raise and educate orphaned Zambian children. Every child is provided with food, shelter, clothing, medical care, education and skills training, giving them an opportunity to become healthy, productive members of Zambian Society.

In 1999, Kathe Padilla flew to Zambia to see how she could help the growing number of orphaned children living on the streets of Lusaka. With a group of concerned Zambian professionals, she organized the first Board of Directors of what came to be the Chishawasha Children’s Home of Zambia(CCHZ). Kathe returned to the U.S. and incorporated the Zambian Children’s Fund (ZCF) to work as a sister organization to CCHZ to help with fundraising. ZCF was granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status by the (U.S.) Internal Revenue Service in 2000.

In May 2000, CCHZ was recognized by the Zambian government as a charitable organization. The first program, called Home-Based Support, was started in 2001. This program helps orphaned children stay in school. Many of these children live with grandparents or other family members. After going through an interview process, CCHZ provides the child with uniforms, shoes and school supplies and pays the necessary school fees.

By 2004, CCHZ purchased 15 acres of land outside Lusaka and began building. The current campus now contains seven houses that provide shelter for 70 children, a 12-classroom primary school, a chicken house and a large garden. In addition, we recently started a Skills Center, where the children are taught sewing and carpentry. Support comes from the Colin B. Glassco Foundation, working groups in Ithaca, NY and Nashville, TN, a ZCF chapter in Canada, and individual donations from thousands of people all over the world.

To read more please visit http://www.zambianchildrensfund.org/about.html

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Some of the children being cared for at the Chishawasha Children’s Home of Zambia (CCHZ)

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The problems faced by AIDS orphans

All information provided below is from AVERT. AVERT is an international HIV and AIDS charity, based in the UK, working to avert HIV and AIDS worldwide, through education, treatment and care. Website: http://www.avert.org/aids-orphans.htm

The problems faced by AIDS orphans

Emotional impact

Children whose parents are living with HIV often experience many negative changes in their lives and can start to suffer neglect, including emotional neglect, long before they are orphaned. Eventually, they may suffer the death of their parent(s) and the emotional trauma that results. In this case, they may then have to adjust to a new situation, with little or no support, and may suffer exploitation and abuse.

Household impact 

The loss of a parent to AIDS can have serious consequences for a child’s access to basic necessities such as shelter, food, clothing, health and education. Orphans are more likely than non-orphans to live in large, female-headed households where more people are dependent on fewer income earners. This lack of income puts extra pressure on AIDS orphans to contribute financially to the household, in some cases driving them to the streets to work, beg or seek food.

Education

Children orphaned by AIDS may miss out on school enrolment, have their schooling interrupted or perform poorly in school as a result of their situation. Expenses such as school fees and school uniforms present barriers to school attendance if orphans’ caregivers struggle to afford these costs.

The loss of a productive family member is likely to be a financial burden and might push a family into poverty, increasing the likelihood that a child orphaned by AIDS will miss out on school. Moreover, most orphans and their caregivers still do not receive any type of external support in the form of healthcare, nutrition, or psychosocial support.

Outside of school, AIDS orphans may also miss out on valuable life-skills and practical knowledge that would have been passed on to them by their parents. Without this knowledge and a basic school education, children may be more likely to face social, economic and health problems as they grow up.

Stigmatisation

Children grieving for dying or dead parents are often stigmatised by society through association with AIDS. The distress and social isolation experienced by these children, both before and after the death of their parent(s), is made worse by the shame, fear, and rejection that often surrounds people affected by HIV and AIDS. Because of this stigma, children may be denied access to schooling and health care. Once a parent dies children may also be denied their inheritance and property. Often children who have lost their parents to AIDS are assumed to be HIV positive themselves, adding to the likelihood that they will face discrimination and damaging their future prospects.

Family structures

In African countries that have already suffered long, severe epidemics, AIDS places pressure on families and communities. Traditional systems of taking care of children who lose their parents, for whatever reason, have been in place throughout Sub-Saharan Africa for generations. But HIV and AIDS are eroding such practices by creating larger numbers of orphans than have ever been known before. The demand for care and support is simply overwhelming in many areas. HIV reduces the caring capacity of families and communities by deepening poverty, through medical and funeral costs as well as the loss of labour.

The Way Forward

Keeping children in school

Schools can play a crucial role in improving the prospects of AIDS orphans and securing their future. A good school education can give children a higher self-esteem, better job prospects and economic independence. As well as lifting children out of poverty, such an education can also give children a better understanding of HIV and AIDS, decreasing the risk that they will become infected. Schools can also offer benefits to AIDS orphans outside of education, such as emotional support and care.

Empowerment for children

If AIDS orphans are as active members of the community rather than just victims, their lives can be given purpose and dignity. Many children already function as heads of households and as caregivers. They are a vital part of the solution and should be supported in planning and carrying out efforts to lessen the impact of AIDS in their families and communities.

Meeting emotional needs

The physical needs of orphans, such as nutrition and health care, can often appear to be the most urgent. But the emotional needs of children who have lost a parent should not be forgotten. Having a parent become sick and die is clearly a major trauma for any child, and may affect them for the rest of their life.

The AIDS epidemic in Zambia is among the worst in the world. Under the twin pressures of poverty and disease, many extended families (which traditionally care for vulnerable children in Zambia) are breaking down.

“It’s very hard to find a family in Zambia that hasn’t been personally touched. It’s very hard to find a child that hasn’t seen or witnessed a death related to HIV/AIDS. The extended family in the community structure, they’ve really broken under the weight of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and poverty, and when the burden becomes too great, families are unable to cope anymore, and so we’re seeing tremendous numbers of orphans and children who are no longer able to be cared for by their extended family.”

In September 2003, Stephen Lewis, then UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, spoke about the AIDS orphan problem:

“… in Zambia, [we] were taken to a village where the orphan population was described as out of control. As a vivid example of that, we entered a home and encountered the following: to the immediate left of the door sat the 84-year-old patriarch, entirely blind. Inside the hut sat his two wives, visibly frail, one 76, the other 78. Between them they had given birth to nine children; eight were now dead and the ninth, alas, was clearly dying. On the floor of the hut, jammed together with barely room to move or breathe, were 32 orphaned children ranging in age from two to sixteen… It is now commonplace that grandmothers are the caregivers for orphans.”

“The grandmothers are impoverished, their days are numbered, and the decimation of families is so complete that there’s often no one left in the generation coming up behind. We’re all struggling to find a viable response, and there are, of course, some superb projects and initiatives in all countries, but we can’t seem to take them to scale.”

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The impact of HIV and AIDS on Zambia

All information provided below is from AVERT. AVERT is an international HIV and AIDS charity, based in the UK, working to avert HIV and AIDS worldwide, through education, treatment and care. Website: http://www.avert.org/aids-orphans.htm

 

An ‘orphan’ is defined by the United Nations as a child who has ‘lost one or both parents’. Worldwide, it is estimated that more than 16 million children under 18 have been orphaned by AIDS. Around 14.8 million of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa.  Even with the expansion of antiretroviral treatment access, it is estimated that by 2015, the number of orphaned children will still be overwhelmingly high.

 

Zambia, in southern Africa, has one of the world’s most devastating HIV and AIDS epidemics. More than one in every seven adults in the country is living with HIV and life expectancy at birth has fallen to just 49 years. In 2009, nearly 76,000 adults were newly infected with HIV, that is about 200 new infections each day. After four decades of independence, Zambia has found peace but not prosperity and today it is one of the poorest and least developed nations on earth.

Zambia’s first reported AIDS diagnosis in 1984 was followed by a rapid rise in the number of people living with HIV. Although the HIV epidemic has spread throughout Zambia and to all parts of its society, some groups are especially vulnerable – most notably young women and girls. Among young women aged 15-24, HIV prevalence is nearly four times that of men in this age category.

 

The impact on children

Children have been much affected by the AIDS epidemic in Zambia, where 120,000 children are estimated to be infected with HIV.However, being HIV infected is not the only way that children are affected by HIV and AIDS. In 2009 there were 690,000 AIDS orphans in the country and AIDS orphans made up half of all orphans in the country. Children may be abandoned due to stigma or a simple lack of resources, while others run away because they have been mistreated and abused by foster families.

In 2003, it was revealed that increasing numbers of child rape cases were being fuelled by the “virgin cure” myth (which wrongly claims that sex with a virgin can cure AIDS). A 2005 study by the Applied Mental Health Research Group (part of the John Hopkins School of Public Health) reported that child sexual abuse was “a major problem” among the HIV-affected population of mothers and children studied in Lusaka, Zambia.

 

The impact on economic productivity

The impact of AIDS has gone far beyond the household and community level. All areas of the public sector and the economy have been weakened, and national development has been stifled. As Zambia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper acknowledges, “the epidemic is as much likely to affect economic growth as it is affected by it”.

The loss of workers due to AIDS can lead to a large reduction in a nations economic productivity. Agriculture, from which the vast majority of Zambians make their living, is particularly affected by the impact of AIDS. A decline in the number of individuals able to work at the crucial periods of planting and harvesting can significantly reduce the size of the harvest. AIDS is believed to have made a major contribution to the food shortages that hit Zambia in 2002, which were declared a national emergency.

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