The Lubasi Home depends upon private funding. Lubasi receives a large amount of “in kind” donations, for example, clothing, bedding, mosquito nets, etc. from local businesses such as hotels. The challenge is the cost of food, staffing and educational expenses. In Zambia, secondary school (beginning at 9th grade) is not provided by the government. Lubasi funds the secondary children’s tuition. Global Partners for Health is one of the primary sources of funding for these expenses, and the only source from the United States. The Zambian Catholic Church, the Episcopalian Church, International Rotary group, and the Livingstone business community are the other sources of funding. The Lubasi House also works hand in hand with Zambian Social Services. It is truly a shared effort by various non-profits, community, business and religious organizations.
In addition to the residents of Lubasi, the home also has an outreach program for the children who have been reintegrated with their families. These children require some level of supervision since they are going from the Lubasi Home to an environment where they may not be encouraged to continue in school or allowed study time. For example, because electricity is so expensive in Zambia, if available at all, many of the children’s families do not allow lights to be turned on after dark. Some of the children who have been reintegrated have come back to the Lubasi Home because they cannot read, or study, after school. At Lubasi the children were allowed to use lights as long as they needed for study purposes. It’s frustrating for these children not to be able to continue their education. Once a month, the Lubasi Home has a workshop for these families to educate them about what is required for the children’s well-being. Lubasi plans to start a fund to try and help with the costs of electricity and other school related expenses for these families.