Zambia

Lilato Children's Homes, Mongu

Lilato Children’s Village in Mongu is currently home to 42 children who were either orphaned or abandoned, mostly due to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Zambia. Loving house parents create a family-style environment where children’s needs are met holistically. Boys and girls live in separate houses, with one house dedicated to the care of babies and toddlers.

Our children receive nutritious meals, medical care, and emotional support, and school-age children receive education in a local school. We also have regular times for sports, storytelling, and group devotions. On Sundays, staff and children attend church together.

One of our site projects, the vegetable garden at Lilato, has seen encouraging growth as a result of partnership with the American Embassy and the community in Mongu. The garden is an effective way to increase our ability to feed children as well as to network and build relationships with local leaders and villagers.

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Lilato Children's Homes: A story of hope

Like most of the children in our home, Benjamin* experienced loss and pain at a young age. He never knew his father, and when he was just a toddler his mother and grandparents died. Some relatives from his mother’s side took him in but he was neglected and physically abused until someone intervened.

At the age of three, he was brought to Kids Alive. We gave him a safe place to live, healthy food, and acceptance. And though he thrived in our care, he was lonely when other boys would go to visit relatives during holidays, as he didn’t know any of his family.

Benjamin is now a hard-working, humble young man who loves God. He is a successful student and plans to become an accountant one day. He says he wants to use his skills to make a difference in his community for the glory of God. What a wonderful surprise it was when we located several relatives from his mother’s side who began to build a relationship with Benjamin! Now that he has a sense of belonging and identity, he is happier and more confident walking into his future as an adult.

* name changed to protect privacy

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