We recently received the sad news that Amos Lwabila passed away on 22nd June while being treated for Covid-19. Although we knew that he was ill, we had been hopeful that he would pull through because only a few days ago he was talking and eating. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Ketty, his family and with all of those who knew Amos well. He and Ketty have touched many peoples’ lives, both in Zambia as well as many of the lives of our volunteers from the UK. We wanted to honour his memory and to provide a memory book that we will send to Ketty. Please contribute to this memorial book either by posting stories on this page, or by emailing them, together with photos, to email@example.com
Amos and Ketty Lwabila, a Zambian couple, started Kumbaya Ministries in 2004, running a primary school for over 300 children in Chaisa, a desperately poor shanty town in north Lusaka. The school used to meet in cramped rooms in a former tavern, but in 2010 a UK trust, working through Mission Direct, provided funds for the construction of a new school. The new school, in the heart of the community, opened in January 2012 and pupil numbers soon increased to more than 500. With pressure on space, and with the school board deciding to start secondary classes, an adjacent piece of land was acquired and three more classrooms were built. This year, we are working to complete the final two classrooms on that site which will allow pupils to go through to Grade 12.
As well as the school, Kumbaya runs a home-based care ministry with over 50 clients in nearby homes, providing practical help, food and prayer support. There is also a night school, with over 40 adult learners and a tailoring class to teach important skills to local people. During the pandemic they have organised food for poor families unable to earn a living, as well as continuing to provide lunch regularly for their pupils.