Babarah Banda and her husband, Benson, who is a pastor, often come across people who are sick when they make pastoral visits. Having experienced a similar project in the previous place she had lived, Babarah began Agape Home-based Care in October 2008. Care givers train with the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), a training recognized by the Ministry of Health, and there are now 10 care givers and 2 counsellors, who demonstrate the love of Christ in this practical way.
Sick and needy people, some of whom live in isolated villages, are visited up to twice a week. In addition to personal care, food and blankets are given, and transport to clinics (up to 2 hours’ walk away) is arranged when necessary.
The contact and care – often the only care and visiting received – is greatly appreciated by the individuals and families visited by the care givers.