Fountain of Hope Provides Healthy, Safe Fun for Street Kids in Zambia

Sports and other recreational programs were a big part of my children’s lives growing up.  Teeball, tae kwon do, basketball, dodgeball and many other sports were part of their after school activities, as well as various camps in the summer, church, Sunday School, youth group and AWANA (a Bible club) every Wednesday night.  Keeping them busy with fun, safe activities was important to their development into strong young adults.

But what about street kids?  Especially in places like Zambia, where the government is more concerned with emergency assistance.  This is where Fountain of Hope, a center in urban Lusaka (the capital of Zambia), steps in.  Fountain of Hope provides a safe place for street kids and orphans to attend school, get a meal, play sports, go to the library, and learn skills through its technology program.  Some boys even live at the center.

Save the Children funds the Sport in Action program at Fountain of Hope.  Sport In Action (SIA) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) whose purpose is to improve people’s quality of life through sport and recreational activities. Founded in 1998, SIA was the first Zambian sports NGO.  Their mission is:

to use sport and recreation as a tool to improve the quality of children’s lives by providing a programme that will bring about motivation, self-development, child protection and self-reliance through social and economic empowerment.

healthy safe fun for street kids

I write this post as a member of the Global Team of 200.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.

My friend, Jennifer James, recently visited Fountain of Hope and was able to see the importance of the Sports in Action program for the street kids of Lusaka.  She says:

the kids who come to Fountain of Hope every day are able to learn intrinsic lessons about working together, caring for one another, having self-esteem, and not succumbing to peer pressure. These values are important to teach children who have to struggle to stay alive, stay off of drugs, and not rely on crime to simply eat and make it to the next day.

You can read more from Jennifer’s trip to Lusaka here.

Spicy Tomato Egg Muffin Recipe

Back in May, as part of my journey to a healthier lifestyle, I bought The Spark Solution, a new book by Sparkpeople that details their healthy lifestyle tips in a 2-week starter program. Since I have been a Sparker for more than four years. it was more of a refresher than anything else.  The best thing I got out of the book was quite a few new recipes  One of my favorite new breakfast recipes is the Spicy Tomato Egg Muffin, which I adapted to suit my own needs.  It has under 250 calories and is a delicious, filling and quick breakfast.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. plain Greek yogurt

2 drops Tapatio sauce

1 low-fat sausage patty

2 Tbsp. shredded Mexican blend cheese

dash of black pepper

2 Tbsp. medium salsa

1 whole wheat English muffin, split and toasted

1 large egg

Directions:

Combine the yogurt and Tapatio sauce in a small dish and set aside.

Place a small nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Cook the sausage with a teaspoon of water, for 2-5 minutes per side, depending on directions.  Sprinkle on the pepper, and place it on one half of the English muffin.

Remove the skillet from the heat, coat with cooking spray, then return to heat and add the egg.  Stir the egg for 2-3 minutes, until nearly scrambled, then sprinkle in the cheese and contue stirring and cooking until cheese is melted and well-mixed into egg.  Place the egg atop the sausage patty, then top with the salsa.  Spoon the sauce on the other half of the muffin, then put the two halves together.  Serve immediately.

Spicy Tomato Egg Muffin RecipeEnjoy!!