In the heart of Twachiyanda Area Program, a remarkable silver celebration took place, commemorating 25 years of World Vision Zambia's dedicated developmental work in Dundumwezi Constituency. This jubilant occasion marked a significant milestone for the organization and showcased the incredible stories of transformation that have unfolded in this community over the years. Among these stories, one shines brightly – the journey of Winfridah Hampeyo.
Winfridah's story is a testament to the meaningful impact that World Vision Zambia has had on the lives of countless individuals. In 2006, Winfridah was just a young girl in grade six (6) when she became a sponsored child through World Vision Zambia's programs. Fast forward to 2022, and she proudly walked across the stage to receive her Bachelor's Degree in Medicine and Surgery from Lusaka Apex Medical University. Winfridah's journey from a sponsored child to a university graduate is a testament to the unwavering support and opportunities provided by World Vision Zambia.
At the closure ceremony held at Sichimbwali Youth Centre, Betty Mbewe, World Vision Zambia's Senior Operations Manager, extended heartfelt gratitude to the community members, His Royal Highness Chief Chikanta, and the Guest of Honor, Southern Province Minister Hon. Cornelius Mweetwa.
She emphasized the power of teamwork that had brought about the numerous success stories during the 25 years of World Vision Zambia's presence in Twachiyanda Area Program.
"As we depart, we want to see the impact of this collaboration continue, ensuring that the children of Dundumwezi Constituency will continue to be protected and empowered through the development initiatives in the area," she said.
Winfridah Hampeyo herself shared her profound gratitude for the life-changing support she received.
"I am happy for been the first in my field to hail from what was once considered the poorest part of the country. I am determined to give back to this community, leveraging the knowledge and opportunities I have gained to inspire others in my Constituency," said Winfridah.
Chief Chikanta, in his address, acknowledged the pivotal role that World Vision Zambia had played in the community's progress.
"Because of the many projects initiated by World Vision Zambia, I was able successfully convince the government to extend the national electric grid to my Chiefdom. This milestone was essential as it enabled various projects to utilize electricity effectively," said Chief Chikanta. "Without World Vision's impactful work in my area, our people would still be in darkness."
Southern Province Minister Hon. Cornelius Mweetwa expressed his joy and gratitude for the transformation brought about by World Vision Zambia in Chikanta Chiefdom.
" As a government, we are grateful to World Vision for the transformational development that have taken place for the last 25 years. We also took initiate to add to World Vision's efforts by constructing staff housing at the newly built clinic, along with modern facilities," said Hon. Mweetwa.
He further extended his heartfelt gratitude to World Vision for their tireless work in improving the lives of the people in his province.
As World Vision Zambia celebrates 25 years of incredible impact in Dundumwezi Constituency, Winfridah's story, along with the testimonies of Chief Chikanta and Hon. Cornelius Mweetwa, serves as a touching reminder of the profound change that can be achieved through dedication, collaboration, and a steadfast commitment to the betterment of communities. This silver celebration marks not only a milestone but a promise that the legacy of transformation will continue for years to come.