Arise supports approximately 180 orphans, vulnerable children and their guardians in Kaniki and the surrounding areas. The main aim of Arise is to provide education and spiritual/emotional support, enabling every child that they support to reach their full potential.
The youngest children supported by Arise are sponsored to attend Kapumpe Christian Primary School, whilst many older children attend local community and government schools. Once children have completed primary school Arise supports many of them in continuing their education in Grade 10-12 at various schools in the local town Ndola, 15km from Kaniki. The Arise child sponsorship scheme provides the most needy children with school fees, uniform, books and stationery.
Arise seeks to build strong and meaningful relationships with the people supported by the charity, and the Arise team visit the homes of children and guardians on a regular basis, both to talk with them and offer prayer and encouragement. Children and guardians are also able to visit the Arise office to ask for help or advice with specific needs. Arise seeks to meet individual needs as they occur, such as providing emergency food parcels for the most vulnerable families, money for transport to hospital or fixing a broken roof.
Arise runs a weekly youth club for the children and young people from the local communities to spend time together learning about God, playing games, singing songs and doing craft activities. The charity also runs a weekly meeting for the guardians to provide discipleship, encouragement, education and support for physical health as well as an empowerment initiative called ‘Foundations for Farming’ which teaches them to apply Biblical principles to farming. We have also begun a new micro-loan scheme to empower guardians in setting up small businesses.
In addition to experiencing vast poverty, many of the children supported by Arise have lost one or both parents and can often feel rejected in their new homes. Guardians often have their own biological children to support and may lack the economic or emotional ability to embrace the additional orphans and vulnerable children that are now part of their families. These are the types of circumstances in which the work of Arise proves invaluable.