A community deserted

LucyGrand
Posted November 22, 2021 from Zambia

I come from Chipata City with a community for people living with disabilities.This community was established in 1966. However, when I first visited the community 3 years ago,I found all the children were not going to school due to extreme poverty and their guardians are either blind so they literally depend on begging for alms by the road side.

With help of well wishers, I registered 12 children in  schoool from the very community .

Unfortunately,non of the adults from this community have means of survival for they all depend alms.

They have one meal per day and even the youngest who is 2 years old eat once per day.

The community has been deserted.

This story was submitted in response to Disability Justice.

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megsmueller
Nov 22
Nov 22

Greetings to you and welcome to World Pulse! My heart melts as I read your post. You have heeded to the call...Thank you for your work in the community. A little bit of extra love and sacrifice will not hurt anything or anybody and it goes a very long way. Your hand of relief does not go unnoticed. Thank you for sharing. This was very, very inspiring. Waiting to hear more from you. All the best!

LucyGrand
Nov 22
Nov 22

Hi Megsmuller,
Thank you so much. All the best too

Dawn Arteaga
Nov 22
Nov 22

Welcome to World Pulse! thank you for sharing this story! Providing education to the people in this community is a very important first step -- congratulations on getting 12 children signed up! I'm curious, what other ways did you see the community being deserted? What other services do you think could transform the lives of the people living here?

LucyGrand
Nov 22
Nov 22

Hi Dawn,
The community needs water,electricity, and fertilizer to help them engage in farming because they have land but their biggest complaint is lack of farming inputs and fertilizer.

Dawn Arteaga
Nov 22
Nov 22

Hi Lucy - thanks for sharing that. This community is so fortunate that you have not abandoned them. I look forward to reading more of your stories and your experiences. You have a valuable expertise to share with the world. Keep raising your voice!

Rahmana Karuna
Nov 22
Nov 22

Lucy, welcome to world pulse. This is so inspiring to hear of your amazing grace and offerings to these young people, and their mothers must be so happy. You have touched so many with your heart and deed. Wishing you the best. and hope to hear further from you with your generous soul.

LucyGrand
Nov 22
Nov 22

H Rahmana,
Thanks alot for the feedback.will definitely keep sharing my experiences with the different communities and hope to learn alot from this platform.

Rahmana Karuna
Nov 22
Nov 22

we all learn so much from each other. blessings

ARREY- ECHI
Nov 23
Nov 23

Hello Lucy,
Welcome to World Pulse and thank you for the painstaking labours of love.
Since 1966, this would have been a thriving community with the right empowerment tools and infrastructures.

It is often sad that governments come up with such beautiful schemes and end up abandoning them. It is really a community deserted.

I pray you get the strength and support to positively impact this community as you have started the work to integration.
May the Universe remember you.

Ana Lozano
Nov 23
Nov 23

Hi Lucy,
Thank you so much for sharing this story. You are such a blessing to this abandoned community (although I would say it's not 100% abandoned as you have taken it under your wing). As Arrey-Echi commented, one would have thought that if the community was founded in 1966, it should be a thriving one by now. But this of course happens when there is no long-term commitment to keep it alive. It should not be this way, and it's wonderful that you have started taking action to support its members by making sure children are educated. Seeing your comments, it is my understanding there is far more to do and support them with. I wonder, do you have a plan set in motion? Do you have a goal and some ideas of actions to take to reach it? In addition to resource provision, is there any action you can think of that people can rally around to bring the community back to a sustainable life? I'm also curious about who founded this community. Was it the government, was it the private or third sector?
I would love to hear more about the community, its needs, and about this mission you're on to make sure it thrives again.
With much admiration,
Ana

LucyGrand
Nov 23
Nov 23

Hi Ana, the community was actually founded by government. The houses where designed in a way that they have toilets inside but due to lack of water, they no longer use them, they now use pitlatrines .
I run a foundation called lucy Grand Foundation which we have been struggling to find funders so that we can engage the community in sustainable income generating activities to help sustain their lives.

We are hoping for the best because we believe we are blessed to bless others