Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

Well Drilling Ahead of Schedule in Beracah

Well Drilling Ahead of Schedule in Beracah

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beracah, Zambia—Every year, at least 7,830 Zambians—most of them children—die because they do not have clean water. Thankfully, this is something that is easily preventable with the installation of water wells and filters. Since January, Bright Hope’s partner in Zambia has been working with a drilling team in Beracah to drill 10 wells, contributing to the health of their community. 


Emelda and Margret's Microloans Bare Fruit for the Whole Community

Emelda and Margret's Microloans Bear Fruit for the Whole Community

Monday, September 01, 2014

Steadfast friends, Emelda and Margret, both know the struggles of living in Zambia. As a widow and mother of five children, Margret never thought she would be able to send her children to school. Even though she never had a garden, in 2008 she used the microloan she received through our partner, Samfya Community Care Providers, to plant one. With that $10 loan, she started her first garden and was able to feed her family and sell the excess, paying back the loan in full within four months. She received an additional microloan that December and became a farmer, growing a large field of maize that produced 25 bags in the first year. In 2013, she increased the yield to 33 bags. 


Margret and Emelda Transformed Through Microloan Program

Margret and Emelda Transformed Through Microloan Program

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Samfya, Zambia – Margret is a widow and a mother to five children. She enrolled in SCCP’s microloan program in 2008 with a $10 loan to begin a garden at her home. Though Margret had never gardened before, she was successful in her harvest and sold her vegetables to fully pay back the loan after four months. In December 2008, she received a loan for $120 and became a farmer, utilizing a maize field to feed and support her family. In the first year she grew 25 bags of maize and 33 bags in 2013. Because of the success of her harvest, Margret sent all five of her children to school, something she never thought she would do.  


Emma's Grandsons Blessed by Her Microloans

Emma's Grandsons Blessed by Her Microloans

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Samfya, Zambia – Grandmother Emma Kombe is a dedicated and joyful woman in her community, involved with her church and a volunteer in the SCCP Home-Based Care Program that assists the sick and elderly. Emma has dramatically changed her life and grandsons’ futures through the gift of a microloan through Bright Hope project partner Samfya Community of Care Providers.  


Women's Ministry Participants Say Family Life Has Improved

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Beracah, Zambia — 146 women came together to hold a one-week conference themed: "In These Days."  


School Year Opens with Excitement, New Ventures for Growth

Friday, March 01, 2013

Samyfa, Zambia — Last month, the Samfya Bible School kicked off its 2013 academic calendar with a one week full-time workers seminar. 110 past Samfya Bible School students arrived from the Central, Copperbelt, and Luapula Provinces as well as the southern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to participate in the seminar. The theme for this year's seminar was: "A Time for Missions." Following the seminar, regular classes began with 27 new students enrolled this year.  


Widow Treated for HIV, Small Business Grows

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Samfya, Zambia — In June, our staff from Samfya Community of Care Providers met a widow named Ida, who was bedridden for over a year due to illness. They took her to the hospital and she was tested for HIV/AIDS. The staff stayed in touch with Ida for a week as she went through counseling to prepare her for the test. The results came in: she was positive for HIV.  


8,000 Gain Access to Clean Water

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Samfya, Zambia — 2012 was a year of accomplishments for the Samfya water team in Zambia, who drilled 12 new wells and repaired 67 pumps. 


Infant Formula Program Gives Hope

Monday, November 19, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — Doreen adopted her niece, Mercy, after Doreen's sister died giving birth. Doreen brought Mercy to the nursing room at Samfya Community of Care Providers (SCCP), where she was treated for an eye infection. Besides taking in her sister's child, Doreen also has an infant of her own.  


Income-Generating Ventures Provide for the Sick

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — Care Providers from Samfya Community of Care Providers are sharing the love of Christ through home visits to those affected by HIV/AIDS. 


Man on Edge of Death Restored to Health

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — On the edge of death, Mr. Mutashala was brought in a wheelbarrow by a friend to the Samfya Community of Care Providers clinic in May. Weighing a startling 77 pounds, he was suffering the devastating effects from HIV. Thanks to our food support program in Samfya, Zambia, Mr. Mutashala now weighs 115 pounds and is back to restored health. 


First Layer Unit Begins - Profits Funding School

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — The Samfya Bible School recently began a "layer unit" to help continue sustainability of the school, the first of its kind there. The school has 200 birds that produce 180 eggs per day, which generates $300 per month to help the operation of the school!