The University of Zambia (UNZA) Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Enala Tembo-Mwase (left), hands over the food stuff, two mattresses and beds to Peter's grandmother and aunt (right).

The University of Zambia (UNZA) Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Enala Tembo-Mwase, led a group of female staff to donate assorted food stuff, two beds and mattresses to a cerebral palsy patient in George compound of Lusaka on Wednesday, 21st December 2016 to signal the beginning of the giving spirit of Christmas. The UNZA ladies also funded the construction of a decent toilet at the same patient’s house.

 

Peter Lyambita, who was born with cerebral palsy in 2002, is being kept by his aged grandmother, Mrs Christina Tembo. His mother, Ms Betty Mwanza, died immediately after his birth. Peter has undergone all sort of treatment but the major issue is lack of calcium due to lack of nutritious food. His grandmother cannot afford to buy enough food for him and specialised treatment. Currently, Peter’s knee is swollen and dislocated due to reduced calcium levels.

Prof. Mwase urged all the female staff to think of what they could do in order to lighten the burden of Peter’s grandmother. She requested the UNZA ladies to plan activities they could do to assist Mrs Tembo and Peter. The women were touched and moved by Peter’s situation and pledged to do more for him.

Cerebral palsy are neurological disorders that affect infants and children aged below three (3) years. These disorders permanently part of the brain that controls muscle coordination, balance and body movement. The signs appears before the child reaches the age of three (3) year.


UNZA ladies supported by Dean of School of Education, Dr Oswell Chakulimba, pose for a group photo with Peter's aunt and Grandmother (with blue rosary around the neck) during the donation in George compound.