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Welcome to my blog, everyone! I live and work in Zambia as a youth worker. Here you'll find tidbits of beauty that I find as I live, love, and serve.

July&August 2018: Putting in the Work


Along, Beside, & Between: A Newsletter #27
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Putting in the Work

Hello, my amazing partners!
These couple of months have been a lot of ground work for The YANA Foundation (the new nonprofit Luyando and I are creating here in Ndola).

Things we have done: (These are praises!)

  • vision cast and created an ideal timeline, objectives, mission and vision statements, 
  • Brought together a Board of Directors
  • Registered with the local tax office for companies (finally after so many back and forths!)
  • met with the local hospital's Psychiatric Department to start creating a partnership with them (working on our MOU at the moment)
  • created an email account woot woot (april@theyanafoundation.org)
Things I am working on now: (these can be prayer requests!)
  • getting registered as an NGO with the Office of Community Development
  • our website and giving platforms
  • fundraising!
  • creating a training program for our volunteers
  • a trip to Lusaka to continue making partnerships

We hope to be off the ground with out first programs by October. So please pray to that end!

With blessings from Zambia,



Story Corner:
There is a beautiful game park called Nsobe outside of Ndola with deer, giraffes, snakes, and many other beautiful animals. It is one of the go-to attractions for people coming to Ndola. And every once in a while, us locals will take the drive over to have a day off chilling by the pool and maybe getting a massage. (Ony $20!)

Sadly, a couple weeks ago, the owner of Nsobe killed himself. He had been battling with depression for many years. He was so very loved by everyone in the city, poor and rich alike. He did so much for the boys brigade and supported the local school. Thousands of people flocked to his funeral to show respect to the man they loved. 

So in that light, mental health has been on the forefront of people's minds here in Ndola. They wonder how such an influential man could have been struggling so bad without us knowing. 

Such a story only spurs us on in our efforts to raise awareness and an provide support for depression and anxiety here in Ndola. 

When I sat down with the head of the department of Psychiatry at Ndola Central Hosptial, I told him that we are working hard to create a solid base for our organization and his words to me were, "Yes, go slow and make sure you have a strong base, but also remember we are in the middle of a crisis."
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