Personal interview with Programme Co-ordinator, Nisha Singh following her visit to the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre, Zambia

You recently visited the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre (KOTC) in Zambia. What did you see when you were there? 

I visited the KOTC for 13 days in April and May 2013. I saw the orphanage, where 53 children are currently living, as well as the banana plantation, the school and the clinic.

How does KOTC help the orphans?

KOTC is run by Angela Miyanda. She’s an inspiring woman, who is doing all she can to give children the medical care, clothing, school fees and nutritious food they need. While I was there, five new children arrived as refugees from Congo. They were brought by the Department of Immigration to Angela in the middle of the night, and Angela sprang into action to ensure that they would have the same support and love as all the other children.

Can you tell us a little about the orphans you met?

I talked to every boy and girl while I was there. They all have different stories; some children arrived at the centre without any explanation of where they came from, like five-year old Moses, who was dumped in a bush as a baby and left to die. Many others have lost their parents to HIV/AIDs, like 14-year old Aida, who never wore a pair of shoes or slept in a bed before she came to KOTC. Whatever their background, now they live as one strong and loving family.

What would happen in KOTC didn’t exist?   

So far, over 500 children have come through KOTC. They have been able to eat nutritious food, go to
school and be part of a new, loving family. Without KOTC, they would have been living on thestreet. Young girls would have become teenage mothers, and many children could have ended up dying from AIDs, malnutrition or other preventable diseases.

What would supporters’ donations help to achieve in Zambia?

Gifts from supporters could make a huge difference to the children at KOTC. They could help pay for tuition so a child can go to college, help employ teachers for the local school, or allow Angela to continue taking in children when they are at their most vulnerable.