Umunandi is a grassroots charity in the UK, seeking to improve the lives of vulnerable children in Africa.
We work closely with Greenpark School in Zambia, finding sponsors to pay school fees for the vulnerable kids in their care.
This is Tafazwa – she is five. Her father died when she was a baby, and then last year her mother was tragically killed after being hit by a car. She now lives with her very elderly great-grandmother who does all she can to look after Tafazwa, despite failing health and a dire lack of income. Their friends and neighbours step in and help whenever they can with offers of food and care. But of course in the township community around Greenpark School no one has much to spare.
Greenpark School is vital for Tafazwa as she is able to learn, and receive love and care. The school also provides great support for her grandmother. Girls like Tafazwa are vulnerable if they are not in school, so for her to be safe, fed, educated and loved is essential for her future.Sponsor a child like Tafazwa
Susan lost both her parents when she was young, so she and her brother now live with their elderly grandmother. We’ve sat with the grandmother many times chatting about her life, and she always comes back to how important it is for her two grandchildren to go to school. She’s passionate for them to make a better life for themselves, especially Susan as a girl, and she knows that education is key to this hope.
Susan has been sponsored all the way through school, giving her confidence, strength, love and friendships. She has grown into a bright, educated young woman and now wants to go on to train as a nurse. The teaching and care that Greenpark School provides allows kids like Susan to have ambition, and to know that a future with real opportunities is achievable.Sponsor a child like Susan
Isaac grew up in a small shack near Greenpark School, just him and his mother together. As she never went to school herself, she was desperate to give Isaac an education, so when we first found him a sponsor and gave him his new uniform, she dressed him and brought him to school with great pride.
Sadly Isaac’s mother fell seriously ill last year, and as her condition worsened she eventually returned to her village to die. With no money and no other family, she had to leave Isaac behind to fend for himself. In the midst of all this turmoil Greenpark School has been a steady and consistent refuge for Isaac, becoming his new ‘family’, and continuing to honour his mother’s commitment to his education and his future.Sponsor a child like Isaac