Factoid: Zambia, a southern African country with a population of 13 million, has massive health problems relating to HIV/AIDS, so much so that according to official statistics, a large percentage of the working and professional class of Zambia will no longer be around in 10 years.
Currently, six out of ten Zambians are under 25 years of age, and one out of three lives on less than US$1.25/day.
Project Managers: Tom Morrow, Amy Morrow
The vision for Terra Nova Children's Home (formerly Kazembe Orphanage) is to nurture and care for orphaned and abandoned Zambian children in a healthy, stimulating and safe environment, preparing them to lead productive lives and hopefully one day help contribute to rebuilding Zambia’s economy and infrastructure.
After receiving field training in Botswana, Tom and Amy Morrow moved to Zambia in 2002 and focused on the construction of schools for underprivileged children. The program included education, teacher training, medical checkups, as well as food and clothing distribution for the disadvantaged and local orphanages.
In 2006 plans were firmed up for an orphanage to be built in cooperation with the local social welfare department. The Morrows moved to a village in the north of Zambia where they bought and proceeded to renovate and convert an abandoned motel property into an orphanage with staff quarters—rebuilding the existing structures and adding septic tanks, a borehole and water pump, electric lines and several new buildings. They opened their doors in October, 2007 taking in 5 children in the first 2 months.
The orphanage is now a warm and caring home to 21 babies and preschoolers, and employs 15 people both fulltime and part time. Volunteers come from worldwide to be trained in caring for the children.
Terra Nova Children's Home focuses its intake of new children primarily on orphan children between the ages of 0-3, because this age group is so vulnerable. The children will then grow up as part of the Terra Nova Children's Home family until they are 18 years old and ready to head off for college, university or a trade.
- Much attention is placed on early education and development. The children are taught using advanced and modern teaching methods to ensure that their first years are used to the full.
- Attention is placed on nutrition so that the babies and small children develop properly.
- Caregivers are carefully chosen, based on their love for children and desire to help the children in their care to grow up well.
The facility also includes a clinic, aiding them in providing the necessary care for rescuing very sick babies who are delivered into their care.
Additionally, a farming project—which includes rabbits, ducks, laying hens, a large vegetable garden and banana plantation—is helping the orphanage get closer to the goal of self-sustainability.