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Last updated: 29 March 2018    11:11 PM

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The vision for the Hope in Christ Orphanage & School dates back to 2008 when Paul & Mary Swala first opened it to reach out to local children & the children of prisoners who had been orphaned. Amazingly the walls of one of the original classrooms back in 2008 was constructed partly using large cardboard packing cases that Paul got from the Samaritans Purse depot in Lusaka; these had been used to ship the Christmas Shoe Boxes to Zambia;

The school can educate up to 180 children, in 5 classes up to Grade 7 standard after which children would move on to secondary school if they can be funded. Around 32 of these orphaned children are being housed on site at Hope in Christ; the others live with family members or foster parents in the adjacent  “Garden Shanty Compound, where up to ten thousand people live in challenging conditions.

In Zambia primary education is generally free, but secondary schooling is fee based. The Hope in Christ school is Government approved, inspected & licensed but receives no government or local authority funding; so all costs need to be met in faith by donation and gifts. However thanks to generous provision we give thanks to God along with Paul & Mary that at the education can be provided free of charge together with a daily meal for the children.

Funding was becoming increasingly difficult after an earlier supporter from Australia passed away. However since 2015 when the team from the UK  returned from Zambia we have developed a “partnership across the miles” with the Hope in Christ ministry, which partners our home Church in Chepstow, the Christian Service Centre Church in Arizona & other friends in the USA & UK who fore-mostly have committed to pray regularly. “Partners Across the Miles” fund on a regular basis 3 of the 5 teachers salaries and provide a daily meal for the children at the orphanage which is often their only meal; we are praying that we will be able to fund all 5 teachers.

The motto of Hope in Christ Orphanage / School which you see painted on the wall when you enter the site is “The distance between success and failure is action”. The ongoing primary challenges for the ministry are providing a daily meal for the children, maintaining a good standard of education by continuing to employ trained teachers and having sufficient resources.

If you want to become a “prayer partner” receiving prayer request & updates from time to time or can help in any way please contact Vera & Brian Lloyd