Hi friends and family,
Today we had a great privilege to share the heart and vision of Tehila Zambia to 60 Headteachers of schools around the country. Each school a member of ZCCB (Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops). Exciting to partner with this Motherbody in Zambia assisting them to implement their child protection policy across their members. The start of a new partnership. Thank you God.
This is a timely new relationship as we increasingly hear shocking stories in the news about serious allegations of child abuse by leaders in the church and school.
“A pastor of Heaven Ministry Church in Chibolya a township has appeared in Lusaka magistrate court for the charge of murdering his 10-year old son and nine year old” August 24, 2017
“200 school girls in North West provinces have dropped out of school this year alone due to early marriage and pregnancies” Times newspaper, 24 August 2017.
“Police in Chingola have arrested a 53 year old deputy head teacher at Chiwempala Primary School for allegedly defiling a grade five pupil ages 10″ Zambia Daily Mail, August 2016
School teachers are often the very people to whom a child will disclose any harm they are experiencing. At Tehila we are passionate and committed to ensure that all teachers know how to recognise the signs of abuse and how to report and respond effectively. We are so pleased by the positive welcome and dedication to children shown by this group of leaders.
We thank you for your ongoing support. Once again we reiterate that none of this would be possible without your commitment to our vision and cause. Tehila’s message to create Safe Places for children is spreading and children are being protected.
Love Tehila X