Welcome Home, Charles!
Dear Spark Community,
Over the past month, we shared that there were several confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Hope community in Zambia, and that Charles Mumba, the Executive Director of Hope, was being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital.
Today we have wonderful news to share with you. After 35 days in the hospital, Charles is finally home. The past month has been very difficult for Charles, his family, and the entire Hope community. Due to the fact that he is diabetic, his complications were very serious. He received the best care available in Ndola – we are beyond grateful for all the doctors and nurses who worked so hard to save his life. Charles still has a long recovery ahead of him involving physiotherapy and daily medical care, but we are confident he will continue to gain strength and improve a little each day. If you’d like to send words of encouragement to Charles and our friends at Hope, you may do so on this CaringBridge site.
Hope Community School received approval from the Ministry of Health to reopen. The entire campus was sanitized and the students and staff are following the required guidelines to prevent another outbreak. Thanks to your support and donations to our COVID-19 Response Fund, we’ve been able to support their efforts by providing critical funding for:
- Ongoing COVID testing & healthcare costs as needed
- Shipping 20,000 KN95 masks
- Campus sanitation
- Soap and extra packages of food for students & staff
As the virus continues to rage in Zambia and around the world, we know all of our partners must remain hyper-vigilant in their battle to keep their communities safe. Please help us support our partners’ efforts by making a donation to Spark’s COVID-19 Response Fund.