“A village of refuge,” Kahona excitedly interrupted his big brother, Pastor Barry,

We stood in front of the future site of the Mibila Children’s home; a recently laid foundation sprawled out in front of us. He was beaming with pride. Pride not in himself, but in seeing the initial steps being taken toward a dream becoming a reality.

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What is Kahona’s dream? To see the orphans of this rural community thriving, going to school and becoming the culture shapers of the future. In 2016, there were a reported 450,000 children who had been orphaned in Zambia due HIV/AIDS alone. Already in this small community in the Northwestern Provence, Kahona has identified 10 children who need a home. And so, a dream was birthed and a foundation laid.

Kahona and his big brother, Pastor Barry, love and are deeply invested in this village deeply. Before they involvement here in the early 90’s, the Zambian Government did not even have Mibila on the maps as a recognized community. But things have changed!

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It started with a bridge, a simple makeshift wooden bridge to allow the children access to the school 2 hours away. From there, they built a borehole to bring clean water into the community. The government after recognizing came and built a bridge to provide better, more consistent access to and from Mibila. In 2005, a health clinic was finished and a few years later, with the support of a middle school in Louisville, Colorado, a new schoolhouse was added to the community.

Now, they have turned their attentions to the orphans of this community. They want to see them not simply cared for, but thriving. And so, the foundation has been laid. But, more work is still ahead of us.

As we stood there at the site of this future home, Kahona and Pastor Barry shared their vision for the home. Built to house 16 children, it will not simply be an orphanage, but a home. Members of the community will choose to come and live with the children, to become their ‘mothers’ and ‘fathers’. From providing for their education to teaching them practical skills, like learning to farm the ground and carpentry, they want to lay a foundation for these children’s future. “Sending them back into the community with skills, to become responsible members of society: nurses, doctors, ministers…,” Barry shared with us. This is Kahona and Barry’s dream. A “Village of Refuge” you can call it.

Would you like to partner with us to raise funds for the future of these orphans? We want to hear from you! Please contact us at info@sambahnaturals.com for more information on how you can help.

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I would like to introduce you to Brownd (Kahona) Kalenda, his wife, and family. Since 2005, Kahona has been a key figure in the supply of our organic Zambian products, spending many hours collecting products and filing paperwork necessary to certify the true organic origins of the ingredients in our lip balm.

Kahona’s passion is to help people. It is the widows and orphans that have a special place in his heart. He and his wife have adopted two orphan boys into their family, and his dream has always been to build and open an orphanage on a small plot of land in the Mibila Village area. We have partnered with Kahona to help make this dream a reality.

Why not partner with us to raise funds for the future of dozens of orphans who will benefit from The Mibila Orphanage? Please contact us at info@sambahnaturals.com for more information on how you can help.

As of May 2017, we have collected funds to purchase the materials for the initial stage of construction for the first dorm building of The Mibila Children’s Home. We have scheduled the ground-breaking for next month and we look forward to sharing photos and stories of the progress with you soon.

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Kahona, his wife, and three of his boys



There is a lot of exciting stuff going on right now. Get involved! Help us make a difference by organizing a school fundraiser or introducing our products to local stores in your area. Contact us for more details.

Joy Community School, Mibila Village

We have just finished building a brand new schoolhouse in Mibila village in the Northwest Provence of Zambia. This important project will impact thousands of rural children in the coming decade. Thanks so much to Louisville Middle School and our partner, The Zambian Soap Company for making this happen. Photos will be posted soon.

Widow’s Workshop

Special thanks to Casey Middle School, Louisville Middle School, and Longmont Christian School for raising money for this great project. We have just broken ground on the workshop for widows in Chingola Zambia which will include a community kitchen and childcare area. Stay tuned for more details.

Zambeezi Tangerine

Our newest flavor, Zambeezi Tangerine, is now available. Initial feedback has been great and a growing number of you are now enjoying this fresh flavor of your all-time favorite lip balm. Well, what are you waiting for, join the wave and get your own tube of Zambeezi Tangerine!