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Zambia

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THIS IS THE ARTICLE THAT STARTED IT ALL…

Orphans Struggle to Survive in Country Battered by AIDS

Arizona Daily Star, July 4, 1999

Lusaka, Zambia (AP) – The younger ones sit cross-legged, quietly waiting, like schoolchildren expecting the story hour. The teen-agers, two feet away, are stone drunk from guzzling buckets of 100-proof, homemade beer called kachasu, and sniffing jekem – fermented human feces scraped from sewer pipes. More…

SINCE 1999, VARIOUS PUBLICATIONS HAVE TOLD OUR STORY…

No Small Resolution. Tucsonan Vows to Care for AIDS Orphans in Zambia

by M. Scot Skinner, Arizona Daily Star, November 27, 1999

About four months ago, on the Fourth of July, Kathe Padilla was inspired to make a startling New Year’s resolution. After reading an Associated Press story about orphans in Africa, the native Tucsonan pledged to herself—and whoever else would listen – that by the end of the year 2000 she would have an orphanage up and running in Lusaka, Zambia, for children whose parents have died of AIDS. More…


Tucsonan to the Rescue in Zambia

by Bonnie Henry, Arizona Daily Star, February 6, 2001

Never underestimate the power of one. She was only one woman, but when Tucsonan Kathe Padilla saw a news photo of starving orphans in Zambia, she swung into action. Two months later, she had formed the local nonprofit Zambian Children’s Fund. More…


Helper of Children of AIDS

by Bonnie Henry, Arizona Daily Star, November 29, 2001

He came to her with open sores—and a fear of her white skin. “Now look at him,” says Tucsonan Kathe Padilla, as she proudly flips through photographs of Daniel, a smiling 2-year-old found abandoned in the Zambian bush. More…


Tucson Mother’s Vision Results in Home for AIDS Orphans in Zambia

by Philip Franchine, Green Valley News & Sun, January 16, 2002

Tucson – When Kathe Padilla read a heart-rending news story about AIDS orphans starving in Zambia, the Tucson mother felt she had to reach out and try to feed the children. In less than three years her efforts resulted in the creation of an orphanage in Lusaka, and she now finds her 16 new children are enriching her life with laughter and song. More…


Women Who Run With the Ideas

O, The Oprah Magazine, September 2003

Where did you get the idea for this charity? I’ve been an activist all my life. I worked on the Sanctuary movement, which smuggled Central American refugees into this country and Canada. More…


That Which Lives On

by Marty Luster, Positive News, Winter 2007

Chishawasha means “that which lives on” in the Zambian Bemba language and the Chishawasha Children’s Home of Zambia (CCHZ) is the result of the efforts of the Zambian Children’s Fund (ZCF) to insure that the children of Zambia grow to be healthy and caring citizens of that peaceful and friendly nation. More…


A World of Good

by Donna Clayton Lawder, Desert Exposure, March 2008

Volunteering at an orphanage in AIDS-ravaged Zambia, Pinos Altos retirees Mary Hotvedt and Bob Garrett change lives, one child at a time. Barely settled in from a trip to the West Coast, Pinos Altos residents Mary Hotvedt and her husband, Bob Garrett, are getting ready to shove off for Zambia. Again. This will be his third visit to the South African country and her fourth, since they first laid eyes on it in late 2006. More…


Tucson Mother Reaches Out to Zambian Children

by Jan Henrickson, The Desert Leaf, September 2008

“There were these enormous ‘bouquets’ down there on the ground. Everything was in bloom,” said Kathe Padilla, recalling her first flight into Zambia. “It’s just astounding, the colors, the brilliance and the beauty of this country. The green just screams at you.” More…