Sponsor Lonjezo Yamikani

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Malawi
Age: 
3
Current Grade: 
Nursery
Birthday: 
Apr 04, 2015
Reference Number: 
MA-VP2-0722
Typical Foods: 
Nsima, Meat
Favorite Sport or Activity: 
Netball
Occupational or Educational Goal: 
Doctor
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Music
Favorite Bible Story: 
Moses
Favorite Bible Verse(s): 
John 14:14
Personality Traits: 
Cooperative
Personality Traits: 
Helpful
Personality Traits: 
Leader
Personality Traits: 
Respectful

Biography

Lonjezo comes to our COTN family from the village of Chirombo, where she lives with her parents and four sisters. Her family is supported through farming. Their house is made of brick walls with a thatched roof, and they live in very poor conditions. Lonjezo helps her family at home by cooking and washing clothes. She speaks the traditional language of Chichewa with her family, but speaks English at school. Through your sponsorship, she has increased opportunities and hope for her future.

Program Profile

Village Name: 
Chirombo

Sponsors like you are meeting the needs of children enrolled in the Chirombo Village Partnership Program. Through the care of generous partners, the children of Chirombo have access to clean water, food, a good education, medical care, and more. It's your care that is equipping these children to become future leaders in their community.
Initial Assessed Needs:

  1. Lack of basic necessities
  2. Lack of clean water
  3. Lack of medical care
  4. Limited access to good education
  5. No electricity
  6. High divorce rate
  7. High dropout rate

Date program launched: 2007
Programs/Services Currently Provided:

  1. Education by providing funds for school fees, materials, etc.
  2. Evangelism and discipleship
  3. Resource distribution
  4. HIV/AIDS testing and awareness
  5. Medical care provided by partners
  6. Bible studies and summer camps
Program Description: 
The village of Chirombo is located about one hour’s drive from downtown Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. This severely impoverished community consists of approximately 8,000 people. It is located in a very remote, extremely underdeveloped part of Malawi, with no electricity and very little access to clean water. Due to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, fifty-three percent of the population of Malawi is under age 18. The majority of women in Chirombo are widowed or divorced and leading single-parent households. In this village there are Christian churches co-existing with native beliefs and practices of the Chewa tribe. Hundreds of children are enrolled in the Chirombo Village Partnership Program, which helps provide education, evangelism and discipleship, HIV/AIDS awareness and testing, medical care, and provision distribution to the neediest families in this community. Partners like you are also helping construct a secondary boarding school at our ministry center nearby so older students can continue learning. By partnering with sponsors like you, we seek to provide the children of Chirombo with the resources and care they need to become well-rounded individuals. By equipping these children and their caregivers with tools for success, they will grow up to create positive change in their community and ultimately their nation.
Statistics: 

Population: 17,377,468 (2014 est.)

Life Expectancy: 60 years

Under Age 5 Mortality Rate: 71 deaths per 1,000 live births

People Living with HIV/AIDS: 1.1 million

Orphaned Children: 1.3 million

Secondary School Attendance: Boys—10%, Girls—10%

Population Living on Less Than $1.25 Per Day: 62%

Sources: UNICEF, The World Factbook (2014)