Circus Zambia wins prestigious Life+ Award in Vienna, Austria
Circus Zambia, a Lusaka based Social enterprise was awarded the life+ award on the 9th of June in Vienna, Austria. Circus Zambia received the award in front of thousands of people during the LifeBall. The Lifeball is Europe biggest HIV/AIDS prevention fundraising event, attended by thousands of people each year and broadcasted live on different European TV channels.
This year the event was attended by celebrities such as Katie Holmes, Lindsay Lohan and Dita Von Teese. Circus Zambia won the Life+ award, an award supported by MAC Cosmetics that is awarded to organisations that tackle the HIV epidemic in an innovative way.
Circus Zambia was represented by Gift Chansa, Artistic Director and Charlotte Groen, Executive Director. Gift Chansa accepted the award together with Bill Roedy, CEO and Board Chair of MTV and Georgia Arnold, MTV SAF CEO. During his acceptance speech Gift spoke about the stigmatization and discrimination of people who are HIV positive and how this leads to problems with adherence. Therefore, more people die of a disease that can be kept under control. He urged young people to know their status and discuss HIV and sexual reproductive health in constructive way.
Georgia Arnold commended Circus Zambia for its work and for making sure that young people around the world have more knowledge on HIV, know their status and use protection when sexually active. Circus Zambia works together with MTV Staying Alive Foundation since 2017 in its project ‘Clowns for Condoms’. In this project Circus Zambia uses comedy, laughter, circus and clowning to teach youth about HIV prevention. Since 2017 Circus Zambia has reached over 15.000 people with messages that can save lives.
Gift Chansa and Charlotte Groen were guests of honour during the last LifeBall event ever held and enjoyed a gala diner, red carpet and opening ceremony with other VIP guests. Gift said ‘’It was an amazing experience to be part of this unique event and get to walk down the red carpet, speak in front of so many people and enjoy the glamour.
But the important thing is to celebrate all the young people we work with and the positive life choices they make. HIV can be eradicated if we use innovative and engaging ways of convincing people to do the right thing.
Circus Zambia was founded in 2015 by Gift Chansa, Charlotte Groen, Benard Kaumba and Amos Malokwa. As a social circus the aim of the organisation is to use circus to teach young people life skills, educational skills, circus skills and provide employment to young people. 3 of the 4 founders are born in raised in Chibolya, which means the company is a grassroots organization with a real connection to Zambia’s youth and the issues pertinent to society.
As a social enterprise Circus Zambia raises part of the funds needed for its social programming by providing entertainment services. You can support the organization by booking Circus Zambia to perform at corporate events, do workshops with youth or for team-building, and for birthday party entertainment. Circus Zambia also has a creative hub in Kabulonga, where it hosts different shows and events and which you can hire for your own events.
Hippo crushes 71-year-old man’s upper right thigh bone
A 71-year-old man of Kaindu in Central Province area, has had his right femur crushed by a Hippo while fishing in the Kafue River. Sitali Sililo who was trying to catch fish when his boat was flipped over by a hippo which then attacked him and crushed his right upper thigh. Mr. Sililo was fortunately rescued by Mushingashi’s security department who received a distress call that a fisherman had been attacked by a hippo.
The team, through Mr. Sameki who is Mushingashi’s Security Assistant Supervisor, said following the distress call, they urgently coordinated the emergency assistance to rescue Mr Sililo.
“Knowing the injuries described, remoteness of the fishing village and lack of vehicle access to it, I arranged for a security boat to rescue Mr. Sililo and transport him to the nearest vehicle collection point on Mushingashi and to then transfer the patient over to the pre-requested Zambia National Service (ZNS) Kalenda Hill ambulance and medical team which was approximately 60km’s away,” Mr. Sameki said.
Mr Sameki and his security team had used their first aid skills to stop the bleeding, brace the broken leg and calm the panicked Mr. Sililo, before urgently transporting him to meet the ambulance at the rendezvous point.
“The ambulance team were very thankful for the assistance from the scouts. It was a great team effort between the community members who reported the attack and Mushingashi security team as well as the ZNS Kalenda Hill medical team to help Mr. Sililo get the urgent medical attention he needed, to save his life,” Mr. Sameki said.
And Mr Sililo in recounting the ordeal which happened on March 6th (2023) while in hospital at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) said that he had gone fishing in the morning at around 07:00 hours, when the hippo attacked him.
“I was in the water in my canoe and all I remember is that as I was trying to catch fish, I saw myself flying into mid-air and then dropped into the water after having my canoe being overturned by the hippo. It then attacked me and broke the bone in my upper right thigh,” he exclaimed in pain.
Mr Sililo who has since had his broken bone replaced with a metal bar says he is still in excruciating pain and has further called on well-wishers to come to his aid in terms of food support.
“Navutika (I am suffering) because I am in so much pain. All I can say is that I thank God I survived that day. One other thing that I am asking for is for Government or well-wishers to help me with food stuffs. My relatives are unable to meet all my needs and so I ask if I can be assisted in any way,” he said.
Clinical officer drowns on Lake Kariba
A Clinical officer based at Munyama Rural Health Centre in Siavonga District has drowned on Lake Kariba.
Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said Brocklin Mtonga aged 27 drowned after the dugout canoe he was in capsized near the harbor at Munyama Health Centre.
He said facts are that the victim went to play football at Matente village and on his way back home, he decided to use a waterway and boarded a dugout canoe which was been paddled by Milimo Buleke also of Munyama village.
Mr Mwale said initial investigations indicate that as they were approaching the harbor near Munyama Health Centre, their dugout canoe got filled with water causing it to capsize.
“His colleague managed to swim to safety while the victim went down together with the canoe,” he said.
Mr Mwale said the incident occurred on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 around 18:00 hours on Lake Kariba near Munyama Rural Health Centre in Siavonga District. “The body was retrieved around 22:00 hours. Police have opened an Inquiry File to establish the actual cause of the incident,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th March, 2023)
South African papa ‘heals’ Mwepu
A SOUTH-AFRICAN Pastor John Anosike of Word Faith in Cape Town has declared that 24-year-old Enock Mwepu has been healed of his heart problems.
The pastor said that Mwepu developed his heart condition as a result of consuming a sweet given to him by a friend.
Mwepu made headlines when last year when he was diagnosed with a heart condition which led to him shelving his career as the condition was said to possibly end his life had he continued with football.
Many sent out their words of sympathy to the young star, deciding for him to become a coach for young stars like him .
However, Mwepu in a video that has been trending online has been seen being prayed for by a South African based Pastor who claims that the young stars heart condition has been healed.
Mwepu revealed to the pastor that last year as he was on a plane travelling to attend international games and he was given a sweet by a friend.
He stated that since then, he developed a heart condition leading to him having heart palpitations.
“I just collapsed and they had to resuscitate me to wake up.Since then I came back to the UK and had to put a defibrillator to prevent heart palpitations,” he said.
After the testimony by Mwepu, Pastor Anosike declared that Mwepu was poisoned and further declared him healed.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th March, 2023)