Teachers in Zambia

Saturday, November 2

11-2By Sherri Kirkpatrick of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

Therefore, continue to be strong in faith. To you who hear my voice and know my promises I will reveal myself and give my peace, even in the midst of your uncertainties.

—Doctrine and Covenants 158:11a

Many good events are happening at the school in Chipulukusu, Zambia! The enrollment is 291 students.  The school capped registrations knowing they cannot handle more children. They hold two sessions everyday—one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The way the teachers organize the program impresses me. They give the children an exam at the end of each term. In the past, a 50 percent pass rate allowed the child to progress to the next term. The teachers have determined a 50 percent standard is too low. They are planning to raise it to 60  and eventually to 70 percent. They created a clear form to track each student’s test results.

They weigh and measure all the children for the next term. In reviewing the report I noticed most of the children had gained 1 or 2 kilograms (2.2 pounds = 1 kg). There were several, however that had lost 3 – 5 kilograms in weight. A huge loss! The children who had lost weight had been seriously sick. However, they have returned to school and are recovering.

I often hear sad stories. One teacher told me some of the orphans must stay home from school to work and make money. Their supervisors tell them they can’t have food if they don’t work. Those children especially want to come to school because they know they will receive a good lunch.

The World Hunger Fund and Tangible Love Fund are great sources for helping to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering.

Prayer for Peace
God, you have revealed your peace in Jesus Christ. We look to him to model our justice and peacemaking efforts. We are thankful for the teachers around the world.

Spiritual Practice: Open Hands
Stand, if possible, with arms outstretched. Imagine God filling your arms with all that you have: family, friends, and possessions. Hold out your arms until they feel tired. Now, bring your arms across your body. Place your hand over your heart and thank God for the abundance that fills your life. Sit for a time aware of that abundance. Then ask God to help you open your heart in gratitude and share freely with others in deepest gratitude.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will be aware of those in need. I will focus on how I can respond.

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  1. Matt

     /  2 November 2013

    Need to work on the timing of Daily Bread. I live in Australia. And don’t get the email, and can’t read the morning readings until late in the night for each day. Please fix this, especially if you plan to do away with the book.

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