Lourie & Gisela
Lourie & Gisela Ferreira founded Kanjanji Orphan Project (KOP) in 2008 near the town of Choma in the Southern Province of Zambia, Africa. They left their professions as dentist and pharmacist in the UK to answer God’s calling to care for orphans and widows in Zambia. In 2012 they moved base to Zamulimu on the banks of the Zambezi river in the Western province. Kanjanji Orphan Project is a community-based orphan care project under the umbrella of the mission organisation Operation Mobilization (OM). KOP is totally reliant on charitable donations and does not have any other source of financing available. Needy orphans and vulnerable children, as well as widows supporting such children, are identified with the help of schools in the area and the local church. Support would involve not only school fees, school uniforms, shoes, books, stationery, but also food for the really needy ones. Support to the local community includes tooth extraction clinics, emergency medical support and basic healthcare, as well as running various programs.
A number of orphans and vulnerable children are attending preschool, primary school and secondary school with KOP’s finacial support. To date, a number of candidates (12) have already been supported through school years and on to qualify at universities or colleges in Zambia. Some as teachers, others as nurses and a health inspector, with one qualifying with a diploma in computing.
The Kanjanji base is situated on a piece of land on the western banks of the Zambezi river that was acquired from the local Induna and the Royal Barotse Establishment on a long lease. It is 50 km north of the town of Sesheke in the Western Province of Zambia.
The base development has been completed and has a solar panel system for electricity supply, living quarters for the staff, a fully functional computer centre with 20 laptops for IT training to local school pupils, fresh water supplied from the Zambezi River, a training centre for adult training and 2 dormitories where groups of up to 16 people could be housed for outreach programmes, for training and for other programmes.
The following programmes are available from the base:
- Support needy orphans and widows
- Adult training, such as sewing, cooking, farming and other programmes
- To accommodate groups from churches, schools and charity organisations
- Missionary training