#WCW : Chieftainess Nhkomeshya

“She’s coming! She’s coming. I can’t believe she’s coming!” The words that Headman Stephen greets Tony and Carol with this past Sunday after he urgently called them to his house before church.

Senior Chieftainess Nkhomeshya sent word she would be attending the dedication of Life Okondewa.

WHAT?!?!

We knew someone from the palace would attend, but the Chieftainess herself? Us, nor Headman, even dreamed she would actually come.

To put this in perspective, the Chieftainess coming to our event is the equivalent of the President coming.  Can you imagine President Trump or Michelle Obama or even the Secretary of State coming to the grand opening of your building or business?  No? Us neither.

Yet a woman whose name is known across Zambia has decided to come to our grand opening.  We are so deeply honored.  Shocked? Absolutely.  A little frantic? Definitely. But above all – truly honored.

Two weeks before the event and this news changes everything.  

We had planned on having dignitaries and local authorities at our opening.  But we still planned on keeping it low key.  We would have the ladies of Chicks Empowered cook lunch, we would serve it on paper plates and ate with plastic utensils. Already, this would have been a historic event in Kunchubwe Village - one that everyone was looking forward to! 

But when the Chieftainess said she’s coming we had to rethink everything we planned on doing!  Her Royal Highness is a big deal – and her expectations match her reputation - dignified, royal, and proper.  

No more casual lunch -- hello proper etiquette!  Catered lunch, flowers, tables, chairs, tents, royal transportation, and the whole nine yards.  No corners cut. No shortcuts taken.  Everything must match Her Highness' standards.  

Honestly, we couldn't be more thrilled.  

Sure, its quadruple the cost we were expecting to spend. But we're gaining so much more than we could have dreamed. 

The Chieftainess' presence with us next weekend means that in the eyes of the community - in the entire Chongwe District of over 100,000 people - we are validated as an organization working for the good of the people.  Where once we would be seen as just another western non-profit making empty promises - now we will be seen as the organization that Chieftainess Nhkomeshya stands behind!  That is a big deal. 

Open door to expand our reach.

Our vision has always included using Kunchubwe Village as the model for our projects.  Our hope is to eventually move into other villages re-creating the success of our projects in Kunchubwe.

At our ceremony there will be over 20 other headmen in attendance.  That's 20 open doors to 20 villages in need of clean water, economic development, education, and so much more.  As we stand before 400 representatives of communities near and far from Kunchubwe (and with the stamp of approval from Chieftainess Nhkomeshya) we have the incredible opportunity to show off what we've accomplished in Kunchubwe Village - and what's possible for each of their villages, too!  

This is shaping up to be one of the most important days in Love Abounds' history.  

Remember that part about it costing QUADRUPLE our budget?!  We're offering a chance to sponsor the event!  Here's the perks:

  • $50+ sponsorship

    • Your name will appear on the Sponsorship Banner at the Grand Opening of Life Okendewa.  
    • A picture of Love Abounds Directors with The Chieftainess
  • $150+ sponsorship

    • Free Life Okendewa t-shirt! Sport your support all the time with our stylish and comfortable t-shirt! 
    • PLUS: A picture of Love Abounds Directors with The Chieftainess
    • PLUS: Your name will appear on the Sponsorship Banner at the Grand Opening of Life Okendewa.  
Two ladies in their chitenges! 

Two ladies in their chitenges! 

  • $300+ sponsorship

    • Special Thank You - mentioned by name during the speech given by Bethany and David at the ceremony.
    • You will receive an authentic Zambian chitenge - similar to the one's the villagers will wear to the ceremony! (Bethany wearing a chitenge pictured)
    • PLUS: Free Life Okendewa t-shirt! Sport your support all the time with our stylish and comfortable t-shirt! 
    • PLUS: A picture of Love Abounds Directors with The Chieftainess
    • PLUS: Your name will appear on the Sponsorship Banner at the Grand Opening of Life Okendewa.
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