Serenje Orphans Children's Home
Listen to 'Beacon of Light' composed for the orphanage, and sung by a 12 year old Australian 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 28 Primary School children who live on the site during the school term.
During holidays, these children return to their legal guardians. Another 14 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 try to obtain sponsorship for them in universities and colleges since we don't have the fund capacity to support tertiary study. Here below are a few examples of how SOCH is helping kids:
The shy little girl (B) in red, is at the centre of a photo taken at SOCH over ten years ago.
(B) is now (October 2022) graduated as an Environmental Health Officer. She is the first female to graduate under SOCH care after the first male (Gift L.) graduated in 2021 as an IT teacher.
This poor little fellow (I) in rags was discovered on the streets some 8 years ago.
Here was (I) about 4 years ago in his school uniform. He is now nearing the end of his secondary school studies. Should he not be successful in the end of year exams, he could possibly be offered carpentry skills training by our onsite carpenter.
Here is (L) many 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 gained entry this year into a Zambian boarding school because of her excellent exam results and continues to do well.
The young boy (C) joined the orphanage in 2005, and consistently excelled at school.
(C) completed Grade 12 with distinctions in all his subjects. He gained a scholarship to study Computer Science at a Chinese University. and is now in his third year 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) achieved the highest examination grade in the local Serenje District two years ago, and is nearing the end of his studies at a Zambian boarding school.