Moses Zulu – Zambia

Linked to our presentation of Children’s Town Malambanyama Zambia.

Also linked to our presentation of The International HUMANA PEOPLE TO PEOPLE Movement.

He is one of the New Heroes with the project Development Aid from People to People in Zambia (Children’s Town).

Moses Zulu – Zambia

He is a dynamic 40-year-old with a winning smile and extraordinary determination. In 1990 Zulu opened Children’s Town to serve Zambian children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic and other causes. He is devoted to helping these orphans find their way in life.

The program has grown from a handful of children living in tent shelters to almost 300 children and a staff of 22 living in six different houses. The grounds include a primary school and a community center. Zulu’s vision includes a plan to make Children’s Town self sustaining.

In Zambia, 15% of children (1.1m) are Orphans & 75,000 of these children live on the street. 25% have no home – they sleep on the streets or live in market places. Due to HIV/AIDS and the breakdown of traditional family support systems, 33% of Orphans live with elderly grandparents. Because of this their basic rights are not guaranteed – needs for shelter, security, food, health and education are not met leading many children into prostitution, drugs and other harmful & dangerous practices. (Read more on global giving).

The first episode travels around the world to profile social entrepreneurs who are helping the desperate, the destitute and the determined to make a new beginning. In Africa, Moses Zulu has created a home and school for AIDS orphans and other children in Zambia to nurture their growth into productive adults. In India, Kailash Satyarthi rescues brutally enslaved children in daring and dangerous raids, and has a radical vision to put an end to the market for products made with forced child labor. In San Francisco, former drug addicts and criminals find training, employment and encouragement through Delancey Street, which runs a restaurant, a moving company and other businesses to provide the first stable step to a new life. (See dreams of a sanctuary).

Zulu offers hope and inspiration to his young charges. “At our core,” he says, “we enable our children to have dreams, to believe in themselves and to take responsibility for their lives.” (Read more here, and on this pdf text).

links:

Senior Women Web;

New Hampshire Public TV;

bloggers.com on new heroes.

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