BRBCers, in addition to sponsoring the Boys and Girls Brigades, we are building two special needs classrooms at VoH.
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Introducing our newest ministry partnership...Benedict & Kathleen Schwartz of Village of Hope in Zambia, as part of BRBC’s renewed emphasis on being & making disciples of Jesus.
Many orphaned, abandoned, and abused children in Zambia have physical handicaps, learning disabilities, or emotional challenges that make learning difficult, but there are few schools with the resources to help them. To show the love of Jesus for “the least of these,” BRBC is partnering with Village of Hope to build two classrooms for special needs children.
In Zambia, many children are born with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) because of a superstition that drinking during pregnancy helps develop strong, healthy babies. However, there are few resources in Zambia to help children with the physical or learning disabilities resulting from FAS. These children are often hidden away or abandoned by their families.
Some of the children that are placed at VoH by the Ministry of Social Welfare have experienced great physical or emotional trauma. Some suffer from the effects of severe malnutrition. Others have witnessed horrific violence such as the murder of a parent. Some were incarcerated when their mother went to prison.
In 2022, the Zambian Police Victim Support Unit called on VoH to help in an unprecedented way. They asked VoH to be a safe haven for children rescued from abandonment, physical and sexual abuse, child trafficking, and child marriages. VoH has stepped up to meet that need.
In order to help these special needs children, VoH needs classrooms where these children can receive learning help in a small group or one-on-one setting. To meet this need, BRBC has stepped up and is providing $50,000 to build these classrooms through our strategic fund to renew our commitment to being and making disciples, and to lifestyles of outreach. Construction of the classrooms began in January 2023. BRBC is blessed to be able to be a blessing to some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.