Another LifeNets Orphan Project
Chilemo Orphans Club, Mufumbwe, Zambia
Posted February 10. 2013
LifeNets has adopted yet another worthy orphan project. What we consider "worthy" is this: The project needs to be already in progress and must show commitment of its organizers and supporters. It must show tangible positive results in helping its beneficiaries by being focused on service, sacrifice and love. When LifeNets sees an activity of this type with reliable organizers and managers who will communicate with us, we are desirous to help as we can now leverage a struggling activity that can be much more successful with our help. We have been evaluating the work of Joseph Kaputula in Mufumbwe, Zambia...in the western part of the country out towards Angola. We have found him to be the kind of person we want to work through because he has done an amazing job with the orphaned Zambian children in his area. Joseph Kapatula is a member of the United Church of God in Mufumbwe who unselfishly and with VERY LITTLE has been able to provide relief to orphaned chilren. Please read his own inspiring story at the bottom of this page.
I came across his work through our elder Derrick Pringle who lives with his wife Cherry in Kitwe, Zambia. They themselves have taken out supplies and food to the orphaned children on various occasions. Every time I visit the Pringles, they have more wonderful and inspiring stories to tell about Joseph Kaptula and his work. I asked Derrick to write a summary of his working with Joseph at the Chilemo Orphans Club in Mufumbwe:
Derrick Pringle visited the area in May 2012 to deliver the following goods from himself and LifeNet valued at nearly $4000.
For the orphanage:
On July 19, 2012 Derrick Pringle reported on his most recent visit to Mufumbwe:
Joseph Kaputula, in His Own Words...
My name is Kaputula Joseph Chindumba, born 1953 in Kabompo District, Village Kashota, Chief Sikufele. Both parents are Lucazi by tribe.
During those days I enjoyed accompanying my parents and obeyed whatever they asked me to do, hence I was considered to be honest besides that, my father gave me the responsibility of looking after cattle at the age of 14 years that is from 1967 to 1970. As stated above, I like children and also the aged because of their stories and experience, which make me feel happy and enjoy their company.
For the love I have for other people, in 1974 I thought of cultivating a cassava field just to help those in need in 1974. I bought nets to catch fish with the aim of selling them to help people. My ambition is always to help people. In 1975 I decided to put up a big garden of vegetables, tomatoes and maize etc. to sell and help the needy. I started experiencing of lot of challenges because most of the people being directed to me for help. Therefore in 1971 I grew a lot of maize to sell and some were meant for the poor people, orphans and supplying to funeral places.
As time went on I became known by most of the people and was appointed a chairperson of beekeeper farmers and collected honey to sell and give to the poor. That was in 1978. Through hard work and help from other people, I started a business of selling groceries. My interest in helping others grew. Here is some of what I have done:
From 1980 to 1987 I looked after a man by the name of Kennedy Muwela until his death in 1987. I stayed with him for seven years and it cost me about 400,000 kwachas per year. (About 5000 kwachas to the US dollar)
During the same year, I helped a man by the name of Kafwa, when his son passed away.
In 1987 I helping a boy by the name of Kanyange who failed grade 7 twice. I discussed with him the importance of school and encouraged him to repeat and I assured him with sponsorship when he did so he was selected to go to Kabompo High School. I bought him everything that was required and paid boarding fees for two year, but failed his grade nine examination.
In 2000 I helped Mr. Lodisia Fredrick by buying him clothing, bedding. In 2002 I helped a man by the name of John who suffered a lot I gave him food and clothes.
Besides this information stated above, I helped Angolan and Burundi refugees. These people suffered a lot by moving on foot from Maheba to their countries. I offered my home as a place for them to rest.
I helped Angolan refugees from 1990 to 2003 with transport money, food and clothes. For the refugees from Burundi I built a house for them because they used to spending their nights at my home of which I could not even now who was directing them. I helped them in material form like food, clothes bedding and cash at times.
From this group those I helped greatly were two. One was a pupil I supported from grade 10-12 From grade 8 to 9 was being sponsored by the United Nations when they stopped helping him. I started helping him until he completed school. He is a medical officer as of now in Lusaka. What I did for him cost me about 1,300,000 kwachas for his school. The other one is a business man I helped with capital to start business amounting to 150,000 kwachas.
I n 1998 I started keeping two boys whose names ware Lufunda Zuji and Kayeye Zuji. Their father died at an early age and I gave them full support of education, clothes, bedding and food. The total amount for these years is 3,700,000 kwachas to date. For their education Kayeye started school earlier than the other. He was in grade one (G1) in 1999 and started paying the Parent Teacher Association. His expense of food and school fees is 3,748,000.
Lufunda Zuji started with pre-school in 2000 and he did it for one year. The combination total for both school expenses and food stuffs from the day he came in my house to date is 3,862,000 kwachas.
The following year in 1999 another girl child joined who came from Kabombo by the name of Ruth with both her parents dead. I started looking after her since her arrival. With other expenditures that are accountable like clothes and beddings the combination total amount for food stuff is 2,200,000 to date.
I am a God-fearing man since 1986. Now I am a baptized member in the United Church of God, an International Association.
- Joseph Kaputula6,105