Zambia Air Force Commander extends support for orphanages

The Zambia Air Force (ZAF) Commander, Lt Gen Oscar Msitu Nyoni, organized a campaign in Lusaka on Tuesday. The campaign aims to motivate residents to come forward and think about the orphanages in Zambia.

Zambia Air Force Commander extends support for orphanages
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Zambia: The Zambia Air Force (ZAF) Commander, Lt Gen Oscar Msitu Nyoni, organized a campaign in Lusaka on Tuesday. The campaign aims to motivate residents to come forward and think about the orphanages in Zambia.

Commander Lt Gen Oscar Msitu Nyoni visited three orphanages in Lusaka on New Year’s Day, namely House of Moses in Chelstone, our Lady Hospice in Kalingalinga and Kabwata Orphanages in Kabwata.

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The Zambia Air Force (ZAF) Commander, Lt Gen Oscar Msitu Nyoni, has described sharing as a powerful tool for personal and societal growth that creates a more equitable society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Apart from donating various food items, cleaning materials and school supplies, the Air Force Commander went a step further and offered employment to a 22-year-old Sikota Mukela, a Public Health professional, who has been a resident of Kabwata Orphanage since he was a six-month-old orphan.

“In a world rife with challenges, from economic disparities to social injustices, our collective responsibility to make a difference has never been more urgent. It is through sharing that we bridge the gaps that divide us, fostering a sense of unity and solidarity,” said Lt Gen Nyoni.

He said he was hopeful that his visit would shed light on the noble work the orphanages and hospice were doing and get more Zambians involved in lending a helping hand.

Lt. Gen Nyoni said the Air Force recognizes the importance of giving back to the community, saying that by sharing knowledge, others are empowered to learn, innovate, and contribute to world progress. While sharing experiences, a tapestry of wisdom is built that transcends generations, creating an enduring legacy of positive change.

Lt Gen Nyoni said there was a lot to be gained from human contact because at the heart of human existence is the inborn human desire to connect, empathize, and uplift one another.

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Speaking earlier, House of Moses Orphanage Country Director Daisy Muzukutwa said the home collaborated with the Department of Social Welfare, Police and the Church to ensure that children are brought up in homes through a two-pillar approach of response and prevention.

She said the home had programmes that supported families and encouraged families to raise children within families. She explained that when this failed, there were programmes to reintegrate the children into a family set up through adoption or fostering by matching children and prospective adoptive or foster parents.

And House of Moses Resource Mobilisation Officer, Salinda Phiri said the sustainability projects such as fish farming and poultry were ongoing to raise funds to support the activities of the transit homes and feed the children. She said a poultry house with a capacity of 2000 birds had reached roof level, but support was required to complete the project.

Meanwhile, Kabwata Orphanage Coordinator Angela Miyanda said the children in her care required loving homes and that caring for them was a calling just as military service was.

What was common in all the places the Air Force Commander visited was the joy that comes from giving and the call for more ordinary people to get involved and lend a helping hand.