Samuchinwe Massage and Physiotherapy Group
Over the last 10 years or so that our group has been going out to Samfya, Zambia, we have developed a relationship with a few bright, energetic locals who want to help improve the lives of their fellow villagers. Seeing how hard life is here, with bad backs, painful necks, wear and tear on joints because of the toil of daily life, we have empowered 3 Samfyans in how to do basic massage and physical therapy. Led by Mary, a certified occupational therapist, who is on our board, Gabriel (on left), Irene, and Davies (on right), pictured here, have undergone numerous workshops to teach them these skills. They have been working through their Churches to help housebound people with bad pain and such health conditions as stroke and have done great work. All three are still struggling though since they are not getting paid.
With funds raised last year, Africa Hope Mission is helping Samuchinwe take the next step, to start a small business in town. They finished a certification course and now are waiting proper licensing from the government. They have a small storefront shop to rent in one of the busier areas of the main town, which has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 10 years as a burgeoning economy is starting. They hope to support their families while improving the aches and pains of the locals living in this part of the world with this small business opportunity. They are very grateful for the support from our donors!