Serenje Orphans Childrens Home
If you'd like to listen to 'Beacon of Light' composed for the orphanage, and sung by the 12 year old Australian, please click below
Beacon of Light by James Gilbert September 2018
SASBJ (Beacon of Light - Single)
Our care for the orphans continues even when they leave our full-time care
Staff at the SOCH orphanage care for 24 Primary School children who live on the site during the school term. During holidays, these children return to their legal guardians. Another 15 or so older orphans who have left the orphanage continue to be supported in their secondary education at boarding schools and local high schools through our provision of their fees and school uniforms. Other older orphans who have
dropped out of schooling are now being trained in carpentry skills. Some orphans have completed their final school year successfully and we are trying to help place them in universities and colleges. Here below are a few examples of how SOCH is helping kids:
The shy little girl (B) in red, at the centre of a photo taken at SOCH about 12 years ago, has now become the accomplished young woman on the right.
(B) completed Grade 12 and is now (2020) in her
second year of Nursing.
This poor little fellow (I) in rags was discovered on the streets some 8 years ago. Here, on the right, is a recent photo of (I). He is doing well at school and
has this year (2020) gained entrance to a Zambian boarding
school for his secondary studies.
On the left is (L), about 7 years ago when she was at SOCH as a young child - happily displaying her dinner!
Here is (L) last year, dressed in her school tracksuit. She has gained entry into a Zambian boarding school because of her excellent exam results.
The young boy (C) on the left, photographed some 9 years ago, joined the orphanage in 2005, and consistently excelled at school.
(C) completed Grade 12 last year with distinctions in all his subjects. He gained a scholarship to study Computer Science at a Chinese University. The remainder of his costs (flights etc) are being met through the generosity of a ZOA family whose son had travelled on a school trip to the orphanage and met young (C).
This young man (I) returned to Serenje in 2019 after spending a year in Australia where the Children First Foundation enabled him to have a life-changing medical operation for his leg, injured severely in an accident with fire when he was a child. (I) has recently achieved the highest examination grade in the local Serenje District, and has been accepted into a Zambian boarding school.