Monthly Archives: May 2018

Paul’s Path to Success

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Paul Kpiinzana was born in 1993 in Yuornuur, a small farming community in the Wa district of Ghana, Africa. Paul’s parents were peasant farmers, and worked incredibly hard to make ends meet. However, they struggled to feed their family, and couldn’t provide Paul’s basic needs. Paul was eventually sent away from his family to live with his uncle, in hopes that he could have a better life.

Paul was accepted into Chalice’s sponsorship program at a time when he truly needed blessings. Sponsorship allowed Paul to attend school, where he began to dream about the future. He loved watching his teachers share their knowledge, and wanted to grow up to do the same. His dream of becoming a teacher pushed him to focus on his studies.

Paul’s marks at his local school were so good that he was invited to attend St. Cyperian Minor Seminary, a private school focused on general arts education. This school’s specialized curriculum prepares students for post-secondary studies. Sponsorship helped Paul pay tuition fees, and he was able to focus on his studies without worrying. He graduated in 2013 with flying colours.

With the preparation he received from St. Cyperian, Paul was able to attend the Bagabaga Teacher’s College, where he majored in French. He completed the course 2016. Soon after, Paul was offered a teaching position at the local junior high school, and has been teaching French there ever since.

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“I express my heartfelt gratitude to Chalice for the success I’ve had in my life,” Paul smiles. “I was able to achieve my goals without so much worry, thanks to my sponsor.” Paul wishes to one day to travel to a francophone country to continue his French studies, so that he can be an even better teacher to his precious students.

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Finding Her Purpose Through God’s Grace

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Varalakshmi was a happy child with many dreams for her future. However, at age 15 she was diagnosed with an incurable skin disease that forced her to give up her academic studies and shattered her dreams for the future. Without an education, her mother tried to find a suitable marriage for her, but her skin disease made it difficult. Finally, a young man agreed to marry her, but she would learn too late that he harboured a life-changing secret.

Within one year of marriage, Varalakshmi joyfully gave birth to a baby boy, only to discover that they were both infected with HIV. Her husband was aware of his HIV status before marriage but did not reveal it to anyone and now Varalakshmi had to live with the virus and the stigma attached to it.

Her husband died shortly after the birth of their son, leaving Varalakshmi abandoned and devastated. Turned aside by her family and village, she and her son faced the social stigma attached to their HIV status alone. She was refused jobs and rental homes; she lost all hope and her health was deteriorating.

While searching for a way to make her life meaningful, Varalakshmi came in contact with a Chalice staff member, which was the beginning of a new phase of life full of hope and opportunities. Her son became a sponsored child and Varalakshmi committed herself to serve the children and adults in her community living with HIV and AIDS.

Now Varalakshmi is one of our field workers in Nellore. She has tremendous love for the sponsored children and children of parents living with HIV. She is passionate in communicating God’s compassion to them and sacrifices her time and energy to assist those living with HIV, ensuring they are accessing appropriate medical care and taking their medications. Mothers of our sponsored children find strong support in Varalakshmi and they seek her guidance for a healthy life. She also has a good relationship with government officials in the departments related to HIV. She is an effective counselor, offering referral services to those living with the virus and accompanying people to the hospital when needed. She is a fierce protector of many of our sponsored children living with HIV.

Through family counseling, Varalakshmi helps families overcome all obstacles and empowers them to lead their life with hope and courage, to face a society that excludes them. She accompanies children who are under antiretroviral therapy to ensure consistent treatment and prevent a relapse. She remains a bearer of hope and light to the people.

Varalakshmi is proud to have found her passion working for Chalice and continues to remain an instrument for translating God’s compassionate love and life to these disadvantaged children and persons living with HIV.

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Traditional Kenyan Stew

 

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On a mission trip, our videographer, Kate, had the opportunity to watch the preparation of a hearty, traditional Kenyan stew. This simple, filling lunch is easy to prepare and is a staple in many Kenyan diets. Kenyan stew is usually made with what’s on hand, so feel free to add some of the optional ingredients if you have them in your pantry.

Traditional Kenyan Stew

1/2 kg beef or goat meat, cut into bite sizes

4 tbsp vegetable oil                 

1 large red onion, diced

3-4 fresh tomatoes, diced

2 cups of soup stock or water

Salt, to taste

1 cup white or brown rice, prepared separately

Greens to saute, prepared separately

Optional:

  • * ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • * 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • *  1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • * 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed

Directions  

  1. Heat oil in a large pot on medium heat
  2. Saute meat in oil over medium heat until lightly browned
  3. Dice red onion and fry with meat for 5-7 minutes until tender, stirring frequently
  4. Dice tomatoes and add to the stew, stirring well
  5. Season stew liberally with salt (for less sodium, 1/2 tbsp)
  6. Slowly add soup stock or water
  7. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until desired consistency

Separately:

  • In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water with 1 cup of rice to a boil, reduce heat and cover for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff rice with a fork.
  • In a small frying pan, saute fresh greens (kale, spinach) and other desired vegetables with 1 tbsp of oil over medium heat.

Serve Traditional Kenyan Stew over plain rice and with a side of sauteed greens. Enjoy!

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Ireen achieves her teaching dream

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Ireen from Zambia, Africa, had a difficult childhood. When her father passed away, her mother couldn’t afford to care for her children with her small income as a housekeeper. She sent her four children, including Ireen, to live with their grandfather. He also had trouble providing everything the children needed, and often could not afford their school fees. “I started at Kasisi Primary School when I was five, but had no one to pay for my school fees,” she recalls. Irene wasn’t able to regularly attend school for many years.

When Ireen was 10 years old, she was sponsored by Chalice through our Serenje Site. “I was so blessed to be a part of the Chalice sponsorship program,” she smiles. Sponsorship allowed her to attend school every single day with the proper supplies to learn. She received lots of support to help her succeed. “The Chalice site workers often visited me at home to see me and see how I was doing in school,” she recalls. Ireen worked hard in school, and had excellent marks upon her grade 12 graduation.

Ireen was accepted into college for her outstanding academic achievement. It had always been her dream to become a teacher, so she decided to study childhood education. Ireen graduated from college in 2016, and is now a primary teacher at Kasisi Primary School, the school she first attended when she was a little girl.

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“I’m so happy I’m able to give back to my community and help my family,” Ireen expresses. “I love teaching and would like to see all of the vulnerable children succeed in life. May God bless, guide, and protect all of you helping children through Chalice.”

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Planting the Seeds of Hope

 

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After Ajai’s father passed away in a tragic accident 13 years ago, his mother Sudha struggled to make ends meet. “I was helpless at that time, and did not have the helping hands of relatives,” says Sudha.

In 2015, Ajai was accepted in to the Chalice sponsorship program through our STAR site in India. Thanks to God’s grace, he was chosen by a sponsor shortly after. “Sponsorship eased my burden and allowed my children to be educated to a greater extent,” Sudha explains. Ajai’s now a thriving grade 11 student, and his brother has continued his education in college.

With the help of the circle group that helps manage sponsorship funds, Sudha took out a small, low interest loan. Combined with the extra funds from sponsorship, she was able to start her very own agricultural business. She now leases a half-acre of land to grow jasmine flowers, a highly valued product on the Indian market. She’s able to pick flowers every second day for up to six months a year. Her jasmine garden allows her to provide even more support to her family.

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Sudha is proud to own her own agricultural business, and is overjoyed by her newfound stability. She’s able to support herself and her children without constantly worrying about her income. “I thank Chalice from the bottom of my heart for providing this wonderful opportunity to fulfill my family’s needs, and allowing me to become self-sufficient,” Sudha says. “Thank you for all your support.”

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