Chalice in Zambia
The town of Serenje is located in Central Province of Zambia in a remote area, with no mail service. The Sisters must travel to another town to pick up their mail at another convent. The people of this district are mainly subsistence farmers. The risk of major infectious diseases, such as diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, schistosomiasis, and rabies, is very high. Adult Prevalence Rate for HIV/AIDS is 13.5%.
The Chalice Serenje Sponsor Site is administered by the Sisters of Mary Immaculate. The Site sponsors desperately poor, mostly orphaned children at St. Mary's Convent Nursery School. All sponsored children attend school daily and are visited in their schools annually by social workers who interview their teachers and learn about the performance of each child. St. Mary's Convent has long and short term projects: one short term project is dealing with the critical shortage of water that occurs during the dry season; a long term project is the expansion of the school to the primary level. The parents are very co-operative. A group of women have come together to run the primary program. The Site hosts many activities, like workshops on traffic rules, personal hygiene, the importance of education, etc. These parent groups are now developing businesses that supplement their incomes and provide a sustainable solution to their challenges.
Mission - Serenje
The mission of the Chalice Serenje Sponsor Site is to give care and educational opportunities to very poor children in this area.
Sponsorship in Serenje
Chalice Sponsorship Program in Serenje assists children with a daily balanced diet, school fees, uniforms, shoes, bedding, toiletries, and other supplies necessary to attend school. General checkups are conducted on a regular basis throughout the year. Children are tested for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases to prevent and treat those that are ill. We provide balanced meals and the children are monitored with regular nutritional measurements taken.