Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

Single Mother Finds Hope through Microloans

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — Justine Nkandu is a 44-year-old divorcee caring for six children. In 2009, she came into the Samfya Community of Care Providers program where she received food supplements.  


Mutendolo Family's Microloan Success Story

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Beracah, Zambia — Dickson and Mary Mutendolo were in the first group of families to join Beracah’s microloan program in 2009. Together they care for eight children including six adopted orphans.  


Development Store Opened, 40 New Households Growing Vegetables

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Chipako, Zambia — A "development store" was opened in this village to solve a major problem for many rural villagers: no access to key products and agriculture supplies. The store was stocked with seeds, fertilizers, drip irrigation kits, garden tools, and more. 


Waterborne Illnesses Decreasing Thanks to New Pumps

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mbabala Island, Zambia — Lives are changing on because of your support of Bright Hope's clean water initiatives on the island. The local clinic has noted significant reduction is waterborne illness and families are appreciating improved access to the water from the pumps. Cases of diarrhea have dropped from 30-50 to 5-10 per month for children under 5. 


A Microloan and a Mattress

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — Doreen had never had a bed and mattress to sleep on.  


Upgraded Water Pumps Impact Over 1,000

Monday, April 30, 2012

Chipako, Zambia — Last month, a new water project was initiated to address some of the water needs in this village and the surrounding areas. One project included upgrading water pumps in three high-use areas.  


Microloan Recipient Now Able to Care for Family

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — In 2009, Georgina was divorced and struggling to support her six children. Last year, she was chosen to receive a microloan from her local church. With the microloan and support from her loan group, she began to farm. This year, she’s expecting a bumper crop of cassava and groundnuts and has decided to remove herself from the program, stating that she is now able to care for her family. 


Education Plan Launched for Mbabala

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mbabala Island, Zambia — Bright Hope and Samfya Community of Care Providers are teaming up with the local churches and community in Mbabala for the next four to five years to address education needs.   


Homeless Widow Finds Salvation and a Home

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — A leader from a Samfya church was told about an elderly lady, Godfridah, who found herself homeless after recent devastating flooding caused her hut to collapse. He found her sitting in front of her dilapidated home reading her Bible. It is unusual to find someone in the village with a Bible, so he asked what she was learning from the Word. Godfridah answered that she was looking for salvation. 


New Curriculum Developed for Samfya Bible School

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — Samfya Bible School is in the process of re-developing its curriculum. The new structure will allow the classes to be presented within the context of the rural church and community. 


Loans to Change Deforestation on Mbabala Island

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mbabala Island, Zambia — Zambia is one of the highest rated countries for deforestation, in fact, it is ranked in the top five. Why? 


Former Vulnerable Student on the Road to Success

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Samfya, Zambia — Daniel was once a vulnerable student. He became supported by the Samfya Community of Care Providers (SCCP) and graduated high school. After graduation, he received a job as a cashier. In 2010, Daniel received support to take a class by correspondence from the University of Kwazulu-Natal for two years. He has completed one year and is now into his second. His major is Community Based Social Work with Children and Youth.