We love you so much!!! We will continue to offer our heartfelt lifelong prayers and supplication to our living God for the spirit of goodwill and love that you have explicitly displayed to us! We feel so much beholden to you my dear brethren and we will never forget about you! May God bless you in all your endeavors!
Since timber is scarce and very expensive, we have decided to give an order to Mr. Mulenga, a childhood family friend to make six metal window frames and one door frame for Dr. Elizabeth Medical Center. We have realized that buying six metal window frames and one big door frame is cheaper and almost half the amount we would have spent on the same number of wooden window frames and a door frame in front of the center. The other advantage of metal window and door frames is that they are stronger and will last longer than the wooden frames that may get rotten in due course or eaten by the termites and ants. Mr. Mulenga has even started making the metal window frames and a door frame and they will be ready soon.
The work that we are now remaining with to be done in March next month 2012 is:
- Put Dr. Liz Sign (which we have already acquired) in front of the centre
- Fix 6 Window frames in the window spaces and weld the burglar bars to each one of them that we have already bought
- Fix a big door frame for 2 doors
- Fix the 2 grill doors to the door frame – we have already bought 2 grill doors for this
- Buy 10 pockets of cement and sand and plaster the center. Cliff has volunteered to do this but Isaac and Uncle Sam will ask for a small payment for their families
The works that we will remain with to be done in April is:
- Fix the louvers and glasses in the window frames
- Buy and fix 2 doors in the metal door frame with lock at the entrance
- Simple electrification of the center tapping from the nearby shelter
- Putting of the ceiling board and Cliff has volunteered to do this work without any payments at all
- Painting of the center
In May we will do:
- Simple petitioning inside the center for four departments such as the reception, the administrative office, the food store and the counseling and testing room
- Friday June 29th 2012 the commissioning of Dr. Elizabeth Rini Medical Center
The Commissioning of Dr. Elizabeth Rini Medical Center
In the meeting we agreed that Dr. Elizabeth Rini Medical Center will be commissioned on Friday June 29th 2012 after it is fully completed!
We are so shrewd that this year we have decided to start making preparations for the commissioning of Dr. Elizabeth Rini Medical Center early enough.
We have written and sent invitation letters to so many stakeholders. We have invited the newly elected Minister of Health Dr. Joseph Kasonde, Nkana Constituency Area Member of Parliament Mr. Kazabu, Copperbelt Province Medical Advisor Dr. Ng’ambi Kitwe District Director of Health Dr. Banda, Kitwe Central Hospital Dr. Billion, Kitwe District Commissioner, Copperbelt Health Education Project (CHEP) Executive Director Mr. Roy Mwilu, Stanbic Bank branch manager for Kitwe Mr. Richard Kotati, Community Based TB Action Group (COBTAG) Executive Director Rev. Webby Mwape, Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ) TB Coordinator Mr. Ngalande, Sararose Executive Directors Pastor and Barbra Mwansa. We will also send one letter to Nehemiah Boys Ranch HOB Country representative Bob Walker and Candace and TK to make 15 important invited guests.
This year we want to shine! We want our good work to be seen by the public. We want to show them that we can also do it. We want to use this occasion as a forum for financial solicitation from some of the organizations these important invited guests will represent. We are so optimistic that if this commissioning turns out successfully, we will be rest assured of support from them. We want to find quality time to discuss our current financial situation and how they can also help us or link us to other funding agencies. What matters is how successfully we are going to handle this commissioning and the evident ardent efforts we are making to mitigate TB and HIV/AIDS in our country. We are strategizing all this so that donors can necessitate the importance of supporting Christian Aid Ministries through our good work that we have displayed at the Chest clinic and in various communities in Kitwe. We want to ensure total excellence in all its sense in this undertaking in order lure local donor support! And we have started our preparations earlier to realize this accomplishment. We want everything to be in place so support us in this adventure.
Some of the expenditure will go towards paying for the advertisements on the National media a week before during and after the commissioning, brochure printing, printer Ink cartridges, Hired transport, printing of the Banner, (T/shirts we have the ones that brother Dan brought) Hiring of the Ubale Umodzi TB/HIV Drama Group to make the occasion live, Hiring 2 Media representatives from Zambia National Broad casting Corporation to do the video shooting of this occasion as they are always cheaper, food and transport reimbursements to some invited guests coming from Lusaka and other towns.
The person responsible for this activity is Mwiche C. Bwalya – CAM Community Programs Administrator
We discussed and resolved in the previous AGM that we held that this year 2012 we will embark on massive and aggressive fundraising activities.
In August, we will have a Fundraising walk. In October we plan to have a Brail where we will invite dignitaries and other public figures from the government, NGOs and other business enterprises to come and participate in this fundraising Brail. We intend to hold this brail at Sherbourney Guest house which is one of the choicest guest houses in town. We expect to raise a lot of money for the ministry through this fundraising venture. We want to do it the way other NGOs such as Beautiful Gate do.
In the previous successful stakeholders meeting that we held on Christmas at our home, the Stanbic manager Mr. Richard Kotati hinted to us that once a while, he will be using his discretion to award us tenders to clean Stanbic bank and the bank will be able to pay our organization.
Richard said that in November the bank is terminating the cleaning contract with a certain company which cleans the bank. He said that one of the reasons why the bank is terminating the contract is that the company charges the bank so exorbitantly for its cleaning services and as such the bank may engage CAM to be doing this work at intervals and will be able to pay it as long as we can prove to be cheaper and competent in the execution of our duties. All he is requesting us to do is to acquire cleaning equipment such as a vacuum pump, a shiner, and other special disinfectants the job will be ours! We are sure this could be a good source of small revenue for CAM.
Mr. Mumba Isaac who also attended this meeting said that CHEP would like to work with CAM in the fight against TB especially that their supporting organization The Norwegian Heart and Lung has seen what CAM is doing at the Chest Clinic . But there is need for CHEP to write a strategic Plan and a profile for CAM and tailor them into a donor language. Thereafter, they will come and train all the CAM staff members in what he termed as donor orientation skill and link us to other funders. Now for CHEP to do this and link us to other donors, they charge a minimum fee for secretarial and other logistical expenses. So once this is done, we will begin to wait for the response from those organizations.
We are in a desperate moment searching; consulting and doing everything we can to find more sponsors for CAM. We are doing everything we can to ensure that we broaden the financial base of the organization. We implore you to also continue to lobby for more sponsorship for CAM as the organization is developing rapidly.
Coming back to my family, we really appreciate you for the monthly financial support to my personal account to meet other vital basic needs of my family! May God bless you a hundredfold more times for this goodwill and the truelove of Christ that you have explicitly showed us as a family!
Christine is very very intelligent in school and I’ m proud to inform you that even this term she got the fist position in class where she together with the rest of her classmates sat for her end of year exams last year with grade Twos when she was in grade One. She managed to beat the entire grade twos (who are now in grade three) and the rest of her classmates and came First in two classes combined! I’m very grateful to God for giving me such an intelligent child so grateful! This time she is able to speak English so fluently that you cannot believe! In the recent End-of year exams in Mathematics she got 90%, Integrated Science she got 100%, Social and Development Studies she got 100%. English she got 90%, Spiritual and Moral Education she got 80% and French she got 56%. Throughout her exams she got distinctions except for French where she got 56% which was average. Christine really brings me so much joy when it comes to her performance in school. She always comes with presents from school for her outstanding performance! However our concern as a family is how we are going to raise her and ensure that she attains quality education and realize her dreams because education nowadays is slowly becoming very expensive.
This year at her school the school fees have been increased. The school attributes this increase to the increase in the allowance of the teachers at the same school per month because all the government teachers have had their allowances increased with the incoming of this Patriotic Front government that we now have. So all the teachers, nurses, doctors and other civil servants in the private sector are demanding for salary increments thereby making the schools to increase school fees in order to meet the allowances of the teachers. The new government has exacerbated the situation by reviewing the minimum wage both in the government and in the private sector thus making the inflation and the cost of living to escalate for an ordinary Zambian. The costs of food basket on the markets have also increased because of the new government’s unrevised policies and the rainy season.
We Greatly! Greatly thank you for your support! May God richly bless you for this!!! We Love you so much and we are praying for you!
The Action Plan
We have also prepared an Action Plan for this year 2012. This Action plan consists of the column of the names of activities that are lined up in this year that CAM plans to undertake, the months and agreed dates on which the organization wishes to carry them out and the persons who will be responsible for the activity and ensure that they are done according to our plan. Each activity has also what we can call an Activity Based Budget for this year. such as The monthly Food Distribution Program, community sensitization on TB and HIV/AIDS once a month, Mondays and Fridays food Distribution at Dr. Elizabeth Rini Medical Center, transportation of the TB/HIV/AIDS patients to the health centers for medical reviews, drug collection and TB or HIV diagnosis once a month, the World TB Day Commemoration on the 25th of March, the Commissioning of Dr. Elizabeth Rini Medical Center on 29th June, the Fundraising Walk on August 3rd and the World Aids Day scheduled for 1st December 2012. This is what we discussed in the Annual General Meeting that we held with our volunteers on 7th of January 2012 last month at our home at 3038 Kwacha East Kitwe. See the attached Action Plan for this year 2012 in Ms Excel prepared by Mwiche C. Bwalya CAM Community Programs Administrator
The Annual General Meeting
We could not hold the annual general meeting at Dr. Elizabeth Rini Medical Center at the Chest clinic on the 7th of January 2012 as was planned before. This was because of the heavy rains on this day so we decided to hold it at our home in Kwacha East. It was a vey successful meeting and all the volunteers came.
Topics on the agenda were:
(i) Community food distribution
We resolved that the community food distribution is going on well as most of the patients have now recovered. The only challenges are transportation and the cost of some of the food items such as beans, kapenta and cooking oil that have gone up on the Zambian market.
We need a vehicle to help us carryout this and many other activities so effectively and an increased funding in order to afford to buy some of these required food items for the TB/HIV/AIDS patients in the community. The developed client food distribution cards are also working well as we have been able to know the patients who have been consistently receiving the monthly food supplements from our organization. From the patient’s register and with the help of these Cards, it is easy to closely monitor the healthy improvement of each and every client in all our 7 communities who is on the nutritional support program.
(ii) Food distribution to TB patients at Dr. Elizabeth Rini Medical Center
The Mondays and Fridays food distribution to TB patients at Dr. Elizabeth Rini Medical Center has been a success. Many patients in Kitwe District have benefited from this program. However, it was resolved that when the center is fully completed and commissioned, the organization will be reserving some petty cash that will be used to pay for transport back home for some of the most vulnerable and neediest clients while we are praying to God for a vehicle to provide such services to some of the deserving vulnerable clients.
(iii) Who will be working at the center after it is fully commissioned
We unanimously agreed that only qualified and trained volunteers in various fields such as counseling, ART adherence, will be qualified to work at the center.
(iv) The World TB Day
We agreed that if the financial resources will allow, we will have 20 CAM members who will participate in this year’s World TB Day commemoration. These are 7 community volunteers from our catchment areas, 4 CAM staff members, at least 4 former TB patients from the community to come and 5 TB patients on TB treatment to come and attend the World TB day commemoration to come and tell the public that they are indeed on TB treatment and are being supported by CAM. This is one way of marketing our organization to the public to lure support. The Venue and the Theme of this year’s World TB Day will be communicated later when we begin stakeholders’ preparatory meetings at Kitwe District Health Management Team early next month.
(v) The Fundraising Walk Scheduled for 3rd August 2012
In the meeting we also resolved that this year 2012, we will carry out a number of fundraising ventures one of which is a Fundraising Walk. This venture will be done on 3rd August 2012 this year. This year we want to do something which looks more ‘Crazy’! We want to walk a distance of 120 Kilometers from Kitwe to Ndola. The estimated activity based budget for the fundraising walk is K2, 167, 500. And we are likely to raise double this amount. The person responsible for this activity is Mwiche C. Bwalya our Community Programs Administrator.
(vi) World AIDS Day Commemoration
World AIDS Day is an important annual event which is commemorated worldwide on the 1st of December of every year. It is such a very touching event because it always reminds us of our brothers and sisters who have died of AIDS worldwide ever since this pandemic came on the scene in the early 80s. This year we want to join the rest of the World in the commemoration of both the World TB Day and the World AIDS Day as Christian Aid Ministries.
On 31st of November before the commencement of the World AIDS Day, CAM will participate in the Candle Lighting and prayers and supplication will be offered on behalf of those who died of this disease and a moment of silence will be observed. Cliff decided to take up the responsibility of this activity since he is HIV+ who is very open about his condition.
(vii) Transportation of patients
We discussed a lot of issues and more specially on fundraising. We wish to embark on a lot of fundraising activities in this year ranging from fundraising walks, proposal writing, brails home and officer cleaning etc. We are likely to raise more funds for the organization CAM.
Commissioning of Dr. Elizabeth Rini Medical Centre
We wish you could come here and witness this important day! We would like to honor Dr. Rini in a special way for the support that she has been faithfully rendering to CAM by naming it after her. This intension comes from a pure heart of giving thanks giving appreciation where it is due. And the best way we thought of doing that was to give this center an insignia of a loving caring mother because that is what we see in you my sister. Your tendering spirit towards the agonized and your embracing spirit and goodwill towards those in pain will live on long after we are all gone. We want this center to have a caring spiritual connotation of a great mother like you Dr. Liz. Look at the wonderful work that you are doing even now there in the USA of caring for the sick. Some of them come in very frail health conditions that it only calls for the ‘called’ in that field to tend them. This is why I feel we rightly named this place after you and the reason why you should come to witness the ushering in of this life-giving center.
However if by all means you do not manage to come and witness this occasion, Karen Tk and Keisha are here in Zambia. I will invite them and TK will stand in your place and will relay the message to you. TK looks great! We meet on Sundays and chat a lot at length. That other Sunday she even witnessed the baby dedication for Daniel when Daniel, TK, and Andrea from the Boys Ranch told me that they will find time to visit our projects to see how we are doing soon after pastor Tony gets back to the USA. I’m very delighted to meet sister TK physically once again. For sure Jehovah God is a Healing God! Whosoever thought we could meet with TK once again and laughed the way we laughed together at church the way she was in that critical healthy condition? God is indeed a miracle working God. Thank you Sister Liz, Brother Dan, Sister Keisha and all those who fervently joined in prayers for our sister, Sister TK for healing! Praise be to God!
Sister Keisha passed through our home to pick some of her stuff that she left in her buckets at our home. She has come for a one year six months Midwifery course at certain International nursing school in Livingstone where she is staying. She said she will pass by again when she finds time. We were very happy to meet our sister once again after the ground breaking ceremony last year! She has made a wonderful Calendar for CAM with wonderful pictures of Mambwe Lawrence when we were staying together with him in our home, and when sister Kisha was caring him on her back to the hospital. The calendar also has pictures of my family and Kiesha and the pictures of the groundbreaking ceremony with brother Dan and sister Keisha and the rest of the volunteers and invited guests to the groundbreaking ceremony. I feel so good seeing these wonderful pictures because they remind me of some of the memorable moments in my ministry life. Christian Aid Ministries has come from very far. A BIG thanks to you my dear sister Dr. Liz for your good heart and loving-kindness. You are always! Always in my mind and my heart does not stop interceding for you!
May God bless you for the GREAT sacrifices that you have made for me, my family and my ministry! You are more than sisters and brothers to me, God Bless you a HUNDREDFOLD more!!!
Christian Aid Ministries Administrative Activities and Innovations
We are working so well with Mwiche our CAM Community Programs Administrator. Mwiche is hardworking and experienced in her field of social work. She has a good track record working with various NGOs in Kitwe. Her achievements in the school of social work at the University of Zambia have also contributed a great deal to her outstanding office and field performance. We are fortunate that we could this time around find a suitable candidate for our field and office work. She coordinates office and community programs well. She knows how to work with community volunteers well.