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LifeNets Zambia Annual Report -- Year Ending December 31, 2009


Posted February 16, 2010 ShareThis
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The year 2009 is behind now behind us. It is, once again, time to stop and take stock of what we have done during this last year and look to see what we need to do for the year ending December 31, 2010. 

Cattle Restoration Project

The cattle restoration project continues to be the most important work that we do in Zambia.

The oxen are now fully grown. Farmers now yoke them in pairs, rather than in fours as can be seen from the picture on the right. More work is done because while one pair of oxen is working, the other pair can graze. In the afternoon, the pair that was grazing in the morning is yoked while the pair that was working in the morning can graze.

This way, the health of the oxen is not compromised, even though more work is done. The huts in the background are the farmers’ dwelling quarters.

Although we are making progress, there is still much more that needs to be done if we are to bring these people living standards even remotely close to that of the poorest of the poor in the developed economies.
 The heifers continue to provide milk for our farmers and their families. Milk is the most readily available source of protein. As the picture on the left illustrates, this young boy is drinking milk straight from a heifer after his father (who is the gentleman wearing gum boots behind the heifer) has finished milking. Hygiene is the last thing on the boys mind, as in his view, nothing can be fresher than milk straight from the cow!

The farmers sell excess milk to buy basic necessities like salt, candles, cooking oil sugar, school exercise books, pencils etc.


Jeremy Lallier Hand Carries LifeNets Wheelchair to Kenya as Part of UCG Youth Corps Project

by Jeremy Lallier

December 20, 2009  ShareThis

Jeremy Lallier and Beverly Kubik at UCG Home Office

This wheelchair is part of the Youth Corp project. I will be helping out at the summer camp that we run in Kenya, and then spending the following week visiting people. I will be leaving for Kenya Sunday December 13, 2009 and returning December 31. The wheelchair will be coming with me on the flight, and then Mr. Antonio Ndungu (who alerted us to the need) will take us to present the chair to the boy. Below is what Mr. Ndungu wrote to me about him:

"Thank you very much for this good news. I cannot explain how exited I am for the assistance of a Wheel to this needy young boy. His names are Edwin Ng’ethe Ndung’u and now 10 years old. He was born with a spine problem “[Spina] Bifida” and therefore has no nerve feelings on his lower part of the body. He has been in that condition since childhood. This no doubt means that he cannot stand on his own and has to be lifted to be placed on the Wheel Chair. The boys Parents are in our village but do not attend with United.

The wheel chair he is now using is in bad condition and they parents could not afford another one for replacement as they are not finacialy in a position to do so. They have been looking for someone to assist them get another one for over 12 months now and when recently I learned of their plight I was so touched. He attends a school nearby in Class 1 and now will be in position to attend classes on the wheelchair."

God's hand has already been so involved with the planning of this trip, but I think being able to provide a wheelchair to someone in need has thus far been the icing on the cake.

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Australia newspaper speaks of LifeNets work in Zambia by Australian UCG congregations

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LifeNets and Beauty Salon in Lilongwe, Africa

LifeNets Livelihood Development Grant for Beauty Salon
in Lilongwe, Malawi

 Posted September 5, 2009 ShareThis

Last year LifeNets awarded Loveness Luwanja a grant for beauty equipment, supplies as well finances to build a small shop in a busy commercial section of Lilongwe.  The shop has since been built. She is married to James who is a plumber. They have a small son Harrison. Victor and Beverly Kubik were able to visit with them in October 2008 when the shop was first being built.  It now has a steady stream of customers. Loveness is very good at what she does and people like coming to get their hair done at Lovely Looks Hair Dressing Salon. It was named by Christina Davis when she did her internship with Seattle University in connection with LifeNets earlier in 2009. 

It's not been easy even with the finished building.  Electricity has not yet been brought through and they rely on a generator for electric power.  There has been connected to water either and have to bring it in.  Read their letter below the photos.

Loveness and some of her new equipment


Last October 2008 when the shop was going up

Shop nearing completion

Loveness, James and little Harrison

Letter from Mr. and Mrs.  James and  Loveness Luwanja 

We are very appreciative for the project that LifeNets funded for our family. Now the Salon side for Loveness has started operating and the community has already starting benefiting. We have employed one lady who has two fatherless children both of them girls.

We are not yet connected with water.  We are being supplied with water which we buy at a nearby kiosk.

The community is thanking us for building a smart and well designed shop which is offering good services of Loveness’s hair styling skills at an affordable price. While we have no electricity, people have nothing to worry because we use a generator which provide power all day and we are also thankful for that.  

Because of the site where the building has been located we have decided to hold on to opening the plumbing shop but decided to open another shop which can attract customers for Loveness and help to open up the place that more customers can be coming for different items for ladies. Another woman who is a widow will be coming in to help. She is also going to paint the shop. Proceeds from this adjoining shop will go towards paying for more equipment and furniture for Loveness' side   

This has been the first high class salon in the area ever since and we are ready to work hard as an appreciation to LifeNets who has spent a lot of funds freely for the benefit of our family, extended families and the surrounding community. The salon has been named by Christina Davis who came to Malawi to do research on LifeNets projects.  She called it Lovely Looks Hair Dressing Salon. 

We thank God for answering our prayer through LifeNets and ask the same God to bless all those who are working for LifeNets voluntarily to help the needy.  May the Good Lord add more days for your life and give you all good health so that the needy prayers are answered the whole world. We are ready to support LifeNets wherever we can can and when we  are needed. 

-- James and Loveness Luwanja

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New LifeNets Grocery Store in Malawi
LifeNets Livelihood Development in Malawi


Posted September 4, 2009 

We would like to feature this story and pictorial by Wordsworth Rashid, now the proprietor of a mini shop in a densely populated neighborhood of Lilongwe, Malawi.  The store has been an instant success. It's not just because of the startup funding provided by LifeNets. It's also because of the discipline, accountability, record-keeping and hard work put in by Wordsworth and his family.  We are happy to share this report with you as it represents successful outcomes of LifeNets mission. 


LIPASI Mini Shop is in Area 25 to the north of Lilongwe the capital city of Malawi this is one of the most populated areas in Lilongwe District since it’s close to Kanengo Industrial site.

LIPASI Mini Shop with proprietor Wordsworth Rashid on left

The shop is just close to LifeNets office where I stay. This is one of the best places for business since it holds people of different classes; high, middle and even low. LIPASI which stands for Linda, Paul and Simeon (my children) as a Min shop was started on December 30 with a small capital of MK22,409.00 from my living expenses. On January 13, 2009, LifeNets boosted the shop by assisting me with a grant of MK40,000.00 to make the capital come to MK62,409.00. LifeNets has also assisted me with a deep freezer and I am able to keep cold drinks, milk margarine and many more.


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Our water chlorinator in Malawi is working!

Why we need a maize sheller in Zambia

LifeNets Provides Water Chlorinator for Chizeni Clinic in Balaka

LifeNets Provides Water Chlorinator for Chizeni Clinic in Balaka

Posted September 2, 2009 ShareThis

In 2002 we learned about New Life International in Underwood, Indiana  (http://waterfortheworld.com). It is an organization that has provided an ingenious simple chlorination system that requires only their device, salt and a car battery to produce chlorine gas and provide chlorination capacity for large volumes of water in remote poor areas.

The Chlorinator is finally installed at the Chizeni Clinic in Balaka, Malawi on June 8, 2006

LifeNets needed something like this at the new clinic we were building in Balaka, Malawi. On April 14, 2002 my wife Beverly, my good friend Bill Jahns and I went down to Underwood to look at the device.  Bill was about to move to South Africa and I asked him if he would install it  when he got to Malawi.  He has an engineering background and is good with this kind of thing. 

We were shipping a 20 ton container to Malawi in June 2002 and this chlorinator went on it.  But, it would be four years until it was actually installed as a cistern and building for storage area had to be built.. 

In the images below you Bill Jahns and us in Underwood, Indiana and you can finally see him at the Chizeni Clinic in June 2006 installing the device.

During the rainy season rain water from the sheet metal roof goes into the 10 foot by 10 foot by 10 foot cube cistern.  From there it is pumped up into a tank.  After the tank it flows into a drum inside the clinic.  The water purification system is between the tank and drum. The last time we visited this site was on October 8, 2008.  I blogged our journey on TravelPod at http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/victorkubik/7/1223480220/tpod.html

     History of the Project:

April 14, 2002 visit to New Life Life International in Underwood, Indiana.  Bill Jahns and Victor Kubik

Duvon McGuire and Bill Jahns

Duvon McGuire (left) showing Bill Jahns and Beverly Kubik how the chlorinator works

On location in Malawi

20 ton 40 foot container that carried the purifier and lots of other items to Malawi for us.  June 21, 2002
 Ambassador Bible Center students helped us load the container all day long

Blue barrel for collecting the purified water ready for drinking

The water is stored in cistern which is an underground cube 10 feet by 10 feet by 10 feet

Dr. Chilopora in October 2006 by the chlorinator when Victor and Beverly Kubik visited

During the rainy season rain water is collected from sheet metal roof on clinic

Building where the chlorinator is housed.


The information below is from New Life International's Web site that explains how the process works. 


YouTube video from New Life International



Where we are in Malawi

During the rainy season rain water from the sheet metal roof goes into the 10 foot by 10 foot by 10 foot cube cistern.  From there it is pumped up into a tank.  After the tank it flows into a drum inside the clinic.  The water purification system is between the tank and drum. 

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Goat Project in Zimbabwe

August 22, 2009

My name is Stephen Tshabalala and I live in Bulawayo Zimbabwe.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude on behalf of those living in Chember, Gokwe, Zimbabwe for the money that I received from LifeNets through South Africa LifeNets Director Mr. Andre van Belkum to buy goats so as to help the 11 people to start a goat keeping project. We were able to purchase six goats, one he-goat and five she-goats.

Four of the goats will be having kids sometime in November 2009.  We are planning to visit Gokwe again and take pictures of the goats and members and send them to you.

Once again, thank you and may God bless you for the wonderful work you are doing .

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Tshabalala.

(We hope to add more information and photos to this report soon)

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