Story 1: Chabota

14th September 2021

Story 1: Chabota

 

BFZ’s sponsorship programme has helped change the lives of many children and their families. It has meant that children like Chabota can concentrate on school and has alleviated some of the worries faced by their caregivers.  

In 2015, Chabota was nine years old and about to start grade 4 in her village school. Chabota loved learning and happily got up at five am every morning to help with chores, eat her breakfast and walk the three kilometres to school. However, her grandmother worried for Chabota’s future, unsure as to how she would be able to afford Chabota’s future education.  

Joining BFZ’s sponsorship scheme meant that Chabota could concentrate on school, and her grandmother could focus on caring for the family and growing enough maize to feed everyone.  

In 2019, Chabota passed her grade 7 exams with high marks and got a place at a good secondary school. Chabota is 14 now, in grade 9 and like many children from rural Zambia, she boards during the term time. She enjoys playing netball and reading and still loves learning, a passion she hopes to pass on through becoming a teacher.  

In the holidays, Chabota comes home to her grandma and likes attending the weekly BFZ Wellbeing sessions with her community group. Her grandma is very proud! 

10 Years, 10 Weeks, £10K

To mark our 10 -year anniversary, members of our trustee board and other supporters have embarked on an ambitious challenge to walk/ cycle/ swim or even kayak the length of Zambia and raise £10,000 to help more children like Chabota. We will be following the (virtual) progress of the team as they travel through the beautiful Zambian landscape. The team have already reached the first stage in their challenge, arriving at the small town of Sanyambe on the borders of the Zambezi river.  

If you would like to support their efforts and help us reach our target you can donate here