Who We Serve
An orphan is any child who has lost one or both parents through death or abandonment. A double orphan has lost both parents while a single orphan has lost one parent.
Life in the compounds can be difficult and dangerous for orphans. They have the least value in the eyes of their community and often experience rejection, especially if they are perceived to be haunted by the ghost of their deceased parents. Often their caregiver is a reluctant relative who considers the orphan to be a burden. Many are forced to sleep outside and are frequently the last to receive food. If the burden of their care becomes too great on the household, they can be moved to another relative. For children not in school, their days are spent as babysitters for younger siblings, walking to the community well for the household's water and taking care of the house while the adult caregiver seeks work. Without adult supervision, they are vulnerable to physical or sexual abuse, child labor and sex trafficking.
* Findings from a National Situation Analysis of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Zambia
Women served by Wiphan typically married at a young age, many with less than a 7th grade education and without job skills or experience. Often women widowed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic are no longer recognized as part of the husband’s family. When this occurs all financial and material resources are confiscated (property grabbing) and returned to the deceased husband’s family leaving the widow homeless, destitute and hopeless. Many rely on neighbors or friends for provision, or may turn to illicit activities for income.
Wiphan empowers widows living in poverty by training them with practical job skills in hospitality, computer keyboarding or jewelry crafting. While in training, they are encouraged and discipled through Biblical teaching and worship.
Women graduate from the training programs knowing who they are in Christ and with a legitimate means of supporting themselves, their children and the additional people who live in their household.
The cycle of poverty is broken.
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..."