Joyce Chimbila is a Northrise graduate. She has a mission on her heart to care for the abused children of Ndola so she created Arising Life Ministries. Along with abject poverty, these children have had to endure forms of abuse including sexual, verbal, physical, mental and neglect Joyce is a beacon of hope in their lives.
Arising Life Ministries for orphaned and vulnerable children counseling and empowerment centre was opened on 2nd July 2009 and has since been under Northrise University (NU) outreach. Mrs. Joyce Chimbila, a Northrise University student runs this centre.
As part of its mission, the center cares for up to thirty-five (35) children. It provides them with basic education beginning at first grade to seventh grade. Most of these children are orphans coming from homes that live on less than a dollar a day. Upon receiving this basic education, these children are able to read, write and communicate using English. For those that perform well, the center tries to place them in high school and offer financial support in any way possible.
Through various projects, the centre has made tremendous strides in improving the premises, making it more habitable and comfortable for these children. A recent project that has added value to both the center and the local community is sinking of a borehole. This borehole was sunk by Seeds of Hope to ease the problem of water supply. A wall fence is also being erected to improve security of the premises.
The joys of Mrs. Chimbila were visible as she showcased the new holders for the florescent lighting to the centre and the complete rooms, notably the kitchen, which only has the electrical connection and a stove left.
The 2nd of July 2009 was a very important day not only for Northrise University but for the community of Mushili as well. Mushili is a compound located in the southern part of Ndola with a population of approximately 5000 families. It had been a rather windy day but this did not deter the community of Mushili and the invited guests from coming to witness the official opening of a children’s counseling center; ALM (Arising Life Ministries).
This ministry has been a life long vision of Mrs. Joyce Chimbila, a bachelor of Theology student at Northrise University. Northrise University is the primary sponsor of ALM. ALM’s mission is to support, educate and counsel children as well as their mothers, to help them find some footing in their live. Ivin Gregory, the M.M.M (Mobile Mission Maintenance – Australia) director was the guest of honor. He gave a confirmation speech on Mrs. Chimbila’s dream. Mrs. Chimbila was grateful for the realization of her dream, she specifically thanked Northrise University through Dr. and Mrs. Zimba as well as many other partners involved; parents, the board, the workers and friends, for making this dream come true. She also challenged and requested all involved to continue praying and supporting the ministry because there is hope for the children of Mushili and indeed Zambia through their support.
The ALM counseling center building has two major halls. The halls will be used for classes, meetings, and feeding programs. The halls will not be limited to these uses but will be extended to any other activities that need adequate space. This is because they are the major structures of the building. The building also has 3 rooms, which will be used as counseling offices. There is also one storeroom, a kitchen, two toilets and a shower. There is no electricity in the building and the roof is made of very old Iron roofing sheets. Water supply for the building is connected to the municipal council water supply line, however this area (Mushili) usually receives erratic water supply and one can immediately identify the need for a bole hole for the workers and all involved in the center for them to be able to enjoy a steady supply of clean water.
Attending the launch of the ALM counseling center was an amazing experience for me. I have seen how God has made this vision a reality. It is humbling to see how this initiative brightens the faces of the people around. We are all excited to see what is to come for ALM; but all I can say is that truly Northrise University is fulfilling its mission statement: “To sustain a Christ centered University that transforms and equips men and women to serve in ministry and business, working in unison for the spiritual and economic health of Zambians.”