In a world beset by problems, many of which are currently being caused by the Corona virus, life goes on as best it can, though for a great many people living in poverty in various locations across the globe, the virus only exacerbates their daily grind. One such place is the southern Zambian city of Livingstone, situated just a couple of miles from the Zimbabwean border and the world-famous Victoria Falls. Despite the fact that the Victoria Falls are on the city's doorstep, many of the city's 143000 people live perilously close to, if not well under, the poverty line.
However, a number of NGOs are operating in Zambia's Southern Province, of which Livingstone is the capital, one of which is New Hope Waves, a Zambian-registered non-profit organisation which is doing its best to raise some of Livingstone's poorest inhabitants out of poverty, and their spirits, too, with football playing a role in the latter.
man behind the organisation is 37-year-old Auldridge
Chibbwalu, a social worker trained in Developmental
Studies, both locally and abroad, and who has created and run a number
of community programmes aimed principally at children, young
people and their wider family-circles. According to Chibbwalu, New Hope
Waves "is working to empower the local communities with skills,
and opportunities to improve their livelihood, health, education and
protecting their environment."