Passing on a
LEGACY OF LOVE
When the late Anthony Balch, a retired naval officer, began sponsoring Zeifa Kiiza in May 2008, it was as if he had adopted her as his own daughter. His daughter-in-law Christy shares,
“Dad loved his sponsored child and would send her letters and regularly. He even sent her a dress through friends who were visiting Uganda. He felt it was important for Zeifa to go to school. This would give her the best chance in life.”
On January 31, 2016, at the age of 88, Anthony Balch went to be with the Lord. His son and daughter-in-law, Trevor and Christy Balch, knew how much Anthony cared for Zeifa and inquired about sponsoring her. Zeifa comes from a small fishing village on the shores of Lake Victoria. Her mother was concerned for her daughter’s safety on her long walks to and from school and asked if it would be possible for Zeifa to stay in residence. Trevor and Christy agreed to sponsor her and cover her residence fees.
Through a financial gift from Anthony, Zeifa’s family was able to purchase 2 pigs, a male and a female. They received training on how to raise pigs and built a shelter and a storage house for them. They also agreed that when the pigs had their first litter, a male and female piglet would be given to another family in the village, and so pass on the blessing.
“It has been an honour to continue the care and investment our dad made in Zeifa’s life. Through dad’s gift, other families in the community will be blessed as well, improving food security in the village.” • Christy
Many thanks to the Balch family for making a difference not only in Zeifa’s life but also in the life of her family and community.
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