CHILD SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

Would you like put Christ’s love into action through sponsorship of one of the twelve children at the Chileleko Home?

Through sponsorship, you will have the opportunity to not only provide for the child financially, but to communicate with the child via email and take a mission trip to visit the child in Zimbabwe, if you desire to do so. This connection could be transformational for your sponsored child, as well as for you and your family. Your sponsorship of a child may be complete or partial, depending on the level of the sponsorship that you choose. The cost of the total care of each child at Chileleko, which includes housemothers for the home, education, clothing, food, utilities, and other needs is $1500 per month. Sponsorship is available in $25 a month increments up to the full $150 monthly; you may choose the level of sponsorship that you desire.

Take the opportunity to read a short biography below on each of the children at the Chileleko Home. If you would like to sponsor a child, you may email Cassy at cmdileo@live.com or call her at 985-273-1193. You may also email steve at stdileo@live.com or call him at 985-249-1612. You may also donate through the website and indicate in the comments section which child you would like to sponsor. Of course, if you prefer not to sponsor a child, but to donate to the support of the home, we welcome your contributions.

CHIPO
Seven-month-old Chipo arrived at Chileleko in the spring of 2017. She was abandoned one night on the doorstep of a stranger. Chipo’s adjustment to the home has been difficult because she cries often at night and becomes frantic when left alone. Despite the frequent crying, she has a ready laugh when she is around the other children and is gradually adjusting to her new environment. She is reaching her developmental milestones as expected. The name Chipo means “gift.”

SHAMMA
Six-month-old Shamma arrived at Chileleko in the spring of 2017. Shamma was abandoned at birth and rescued when someone heard her crying. She lived in a hospital for 6 months because no one could be found to care for her, that is, until Chileleko developed an opening. She has a serious illness for which she takes daily medication.


NYASHA
20-month-old Nyasha arrived at Chileleko in spring of 2017 at the age of 18 months. He was abandoned on the streets at age 12 months and was near death and barely breathing when found. He suffered from severe kwashiorkor and rickets. He was nursed back to health in the hospital, but lived there for 6 months because no one could be found to take him until an opening became available at Chileleleko. Nyasha is unable to walk, though it is believed that he walked at one time. He is crawling and beginning to take a few steps. He still has a swollen stomach due to malnutrition, but is gradually improving.

CLAUDE
Twenty-two-month old Claude came to Chileleko in spring of 2017. His mother lives on the streets and is unable to care for him. He will remain at the home until his mother is able to provide a home and sustenance. Claude is a friendly boy who seems to have met his developmental milestones.


CHIPO MUSANHU
Four year old Chipo came to Chileleko in January of 2014. She is an only child whose mother passed away on December 23, 2013. Her father brought her to the home, stating that he was unable to take care of her. When she arrived, she was small for her age and appeared to be malnourished. As you can see, she is now very well nourished and is thriving.

KUZILEZA CHIFODYO
Six year old Kuzileza came to Chileleko three years ago from the rural area of Binga. He is the youngest child in a family of four and was being raised by his grandmother, who could no longer care for him. Due to extreme poverty, Kuzileza was extremely malnourished and had developed rickets prior to his arrival. Now, however, his legs have straightened because of the proper nutrition and medical care being provided at Chileleko. He remains small for his age. He is in grade one. He is quiet, inventive, and plays well with other children.


BRIGHT WHITE
Bright, age 7, was brought to the Chileleko Home in 2012. Prior to his arrival, both of his parents had died and he was living with his grandmother. Because of her extreme poverty, he was undernourished and had developed rickets. After being cared for at Chileleko for 3 years, he is well nourished and thriving. He is now 7 years old and is in second grade. He has a beautiful voice and wants to be a pastor.

TARISAI CHATURIKIRA
Seven year old Tarisai was brought to Chileleko three years ago after she was found wandering in the streets by the police. She was malnourished and unkempt. No family for her has been located. She has developed good health and she interacts well with others. She is an average student.


MAYBE MUNSAKA
Maybe and her sister Ado were the first two residents to arrive at Chileleko. They came in 2011 from the rural area of Binga, where the people typically live in huts without running water or electricity. Their father had died and the two girls were living with their grandmother in extreme poverty. Maybe has adjusted well to the home, is pleasant, and plays well with the other children. She is an average student, but loves to read and write.

ELLA ZUZE
Eleven year old Ella lost her mother four years ago. When her father remarried, she and her brother were not welcomed into the new family. Because she had never gone to school, she had to start at grade zero. She has caught up academically and is now one of the top students in the home. She has special medical needs. She remains in contact with her father and extended family.


ADO MUNSAKA
Fourteen year old Ado and her sister Maybe were the first two residents of the Chileleko Home, having arrived in 2011. Before their arrival, they lived in the rural area of Binga in extreme poverty due to the death of their father. Ado had never been to school before living at Chileleko. Now she has completed the 6th grade and her school work is above average. One of her most outstanding traits is her respectful, kind disposition.

PROGRESS MHANDUDZEYI
18-year-old Progress came to the home in 2014 after both of her parents had died. She was found to have learning disabilities and a severe hearing impairment. She had never been to school. She was bought a set of hearing aids by Jonathan’s Impact. She was sent to an early childhood school where she learned to write her name and some other basic skills. She then completed hair braiding school and is presently doing an internship at a hair salon. She will age out of the home in November 2018. The plan is for her to live with a family in the local church until she can be fully self-supportive.