“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Recyclocraftz operates in the compound of Kamanga, in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. This squatter based shanty-town community covers 30 acres and blends into other adjoining compounds. It is populated primarily by industry laborers, blue collar government workers, small pop-up shop owners, retirees and the unemployed, who look daily for piece work. Most inhabitants have little or no education Kamanga has a staggering number of orphans and child-led households with limited or no access to running water, electricity and sewage systems. An ordinary household may consist of four and ten family members.
The people of Kamanga are very resourceful, however, and because they lack so many things, they have learned to share what little they do have. Things like water, toilets, and other facilities are communal. There is a strong inclination toward borrowing among the residents to cover their needs. That is one reason why, when there is an outbreak of disease among residents, it spreads quickly, because the compound behaves as one large household.
The Recyclocraftz program is now empowering Kamanga residents, who have been extremely receptive to what the Lord has in store for them. A Kingdom-culture of behavior is being taught, encouraging our target group to operate the way in which God calls us to conduct our life, not in a manner customary to Zambian culture. Generational changes are being made since we have been ministering to the area for over a decade and are providing a unique opportunity previously unavailable to the community. We know God made a divine appointment to bring us into this impoverished people group and we will continue partnering with them as they grow educationally, economically and eternally.