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Global Contributions/Kazembe Orphanage

We apologize for the delay in getting this newsletter to you. We were hit by lightning a few days ago, which knocked out our internet (thankfully now repaired) as well as a television, satellite receiver, printer and several circuits of lights. We are continuing to recover. Thanks for praying.

New Babies, New Projects, New Buildings, New Beginnings
Life is busy as ever at Kazembe Orphanage

In the middle of October within the space of two days we received 3 new babies. Above you can see twin newborn babies whose mother died just following their birth. They were only 8 hours old when they were brought to the orphanage.The day before, a little two year old girl was brought to the orphanage. She was severely malnourished and suffered from Kwashiorkors. She is still recovering slowly. Read more about Maggie's story here.

Your Giving in Action

We had two different families give this year through a very exciting method. They donated their special events to Kazembe Orphanage. Teresha at InfoActive Media in Australia, donated her 40th birthday and through that we were able to purchase this solar water heater for the children's shower. The same shower that was tiled by a volunteer this past summer. 

The Lauwers family in Belguim donated their anniversary and had everyone attending the party donate to Kazembe Orphanage. This is what made it possible for us to build the new chicken and animal house which we showed you last month.
This method of giving is wonderful and can make such a difference in the lives of all our children. With the Holiday Season coming up, why not include charitable giving on your 'Wish List'. It is the gift that keeps on giving in terms of good feeling and long lasting effects.

New School Building

This month we hired a contractor to lay the foundation for the new school building. Since it is built on a hill, it will be on 3 levels. We'll have three different large rooms with dividers in place for separate activities. It will be fun to plan and design it.

Muscovy Ducks!

Our latest and newest project is raising Muscovy ducks for meat. The ducks share the same building as the chickens and exit through a little door to the yard where we have a tiny pond for them. We've had these ducks for a few years now, and have even enjoyed a tasty dinner or few out of them, but we hadn't done all the research into how to best use this resource. Thanks to Tom's stellar Google skills we now have all the facts at our finger tips. Muscovies are actually geese! Their meat is dark and close to roast beef in flavor. An average duck will produce nearly 200 eggs in a year. Ducks are ready to eat at 13-18 weeks and will weigh between 5-10 pounds. That translates into a lot of meat for the orphanage!
A very exciting fact is that Muscovy ducks are really good at keeping down the fly and mosquito populations. We even have two of the drakes (males) living near the goats for this reason. As we enter rain (and mango) season--November to April--this is very good news!

Johnny is loving the warm water from the shower!

Become a part!

You can easily become a part of Kazembe Orphanage and provide support and love for the children here. Simply click on this link and you will be taken to a donation window. There are options for one time gifts or even monthly sponsorship.
If you go to Kazembe Orphange's website you can see all our kids' lovely faces. Click on the 'Our Orphans' tab to see their individual pictures, names and ages.
We need sponsors to step up to be part of the children's Global Village. You can make a difference in their lives and give them a real hope for the future. 

With all the termite issues in this area, we have much more confidence in the building now that a contractor has laid the first slab properly. He had to treat the soil to kill the termites, and then lay down black plastic to discourage future growth. It's a good looking slab for the foundation and we look forward to seeing walls go up soon.

Life in Africa

An interesting part of life here is no trash collection. With over 30 people living and working at the orphanage every day, we produce a lot of garbage. We burn what we can, recycle other things, and have (in the past) done composting. Once we even had a pig to eat our kitchen scraps, but he escaped and ended up in the cooking pot of some villagers. 
We found out through Tom's research, that Muscovy ducks can eat kitchen scraps too. Now all our food waste is taken to the duck yard and the 22 full grown ducks feast on it, leaving nothing behind. We have just over 60 baby ducks who are nearly ready to fatten up on our scraps and end up in our kitchen. Circle of Life!
You can read more about our adventures in Africa at Amy's Blog and Tom's Blog.
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