ChildFund New Zealand supports an area of Zambia called Luangwa, where the Luangwa River joins the famous Zambezi River. Our work with the community provides a wrap-around approach to development that includes education, health, water access, livelihoods and HIV prevention.
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Welcome to Luangwa, Zambia
The very beautiful district of Luangwa is known as one of the greatest places in the world to witness wildlife. But for the people who live in this raw and changeable environment, life is performed with an extra element of wariness. Collecting water means always being alert to crocodiles, and many children have been taken as they fill their water containers from the Luangwa River and its tributaries. Elephants, wild pigs and baboons are another issue, sniffing out tasty crops and destroying the family food supplies. These are some of the reasons why ChildFund New Zealand has been assisting the people of Luangwa with access to safe water and improving agricultural practices in protected gardens.
The bushy hills around Luangwa grow fruit that can be harvested in season, but for a more secure and constant food supply, ChildFund has been working to improve agricultural practices. Children who were malnourished have benefited from a milking-goat project. This project has meant that many families now have a small herd of goats to ensure there is always nutritious milk to drink. Fish will soon be added to the diet as ChildFund assists people to set up fishponds, and other families will be assisted to set up small poultry farms for meat and eggs. A successful banana plantation is run by youth as a way of introducing potassium into the diet, but it also has taught important cultivation skills and is bringing in an income for Luangwa’s youth.
A New Zealand-inspired education programme that promotes enquiry learning has been introduced in five schools. Introduction of this highly successful model for teaching has gone hand in hand with improving classrooms. Says civic leader Joseph Mphuka, “We are grateful to ChildFund for constructing preschools in our area. You can imagine that where there was a bush now there is a beautiful school. This, indeed, is development. It is something that we never imagined could happen.”
What’s on Luangwa’s community plan: Health and healthcare training, improving classrooms and making sure there are appropriate learning resources, HIV/AIDs education, and drilling boreholes to provide communities better access to water.
10 December, 2013
The gift of pigs gives hope in Zambia
8 year old Ethan is the youngest of five children raised by their mother Mercy in Zambia. Despite working hard to grow maize and groundnut, Mercy could only grow enough to feed her children twice a day. Sometimes there was only enough food to eat once.Ethan's three older sisters had to d...
01 November, 2013
Safe water for Sarah
"My mother used to draw water from a well which is about a kilometre from our house. The water is contaminated and we often used to suffer from diarrhoea. We are very happy now because we have clean water and we do not have to walk long distances," says 11-year-old Sarah who lives with her family in...
02 October, 2013
Elephant Proof Fence Secures Futures
In an interview broadcast this morning on Breakfast, Childfund CEO Paul Brown discussed how an elephant proof fence is changing the lives of Zambians living in Luangwa as part of of the Secure Futures project. You can find more information on the Fence in the Q & A below. ...
01 October, 2013
Children With Special Needs Win First in Arts Festival
Students at the Kapoche School for children with special needs in Zambia participated in the 2013 Lusaka Province schools arts festival at the end of June, where they scooped up first prize. Using sign language, the children recited poems about various issues affecting their lives, such as ...
23 August, 2013
Great moments in Zambia
Rosie and Rhys Darby and their children took a tortuous route to meet their ChildFund sponsored child Ozbert in Zambia. In her own words Rosie describes why it was more than worth it, and also has tips for anyone wanting to visit their sponsored child. Four years ago, in a fit of middle cla...
20 June, 2013
An orphan goes from drop out to role model
When Elijah was 12 years old, he became an orphan.“I remember that day when my mother died. My father died earlier the same year. My world had crumbled. I looked at my siblings, who kept clinging to me as if fearing that I too would leave them.” As the oldest in a family of four...
11 February, 2013
Africa Orphan Rescuers protect thousands
In 2012, more than 1600 Kiwi Africa Orphan Rescuers helped protect thousands of children in Zambia from malaria and reduced new malaria cases by half.Regular gifts by Africa Orphan Rescue supporters made it possible to purchase and distribute mosquito nets to 2,800 families in Luangwa, Zambia.  ...
17 January, 2013
Zambia's empowered future
Isaac, 23 years old, is one of the 150 Zambian youths who have benefited from the Youth Empowerment Project that is giving young men and women the chance to learn skills and change their lives. Isaac leads a group called Ulimbe that gives 6 young men and 4 young women a chance to particip...
19 November, 2012
Giving youth a chance to play
In the Chongwe District in Zambia, thousands of students are unable to participate in sports because their schools cannot afford to purchase equipment. Thanks to generous Gifts that Grow purchases, 4,643 children and youth in four basic schools can now take part in their district’s annual spor...
25 October, 2012
Goats to the rescue
Last year generous Kiwis bought 435 goats from ChildFund's Gifts that Grow catalogue, and two-each were given to families in need in Zambia. David is a struggling farmer whose fortunes have changed after receiving the gift of goats last year.His gift included training in small livestock manage...
Children in Zambia live in the one of the poorest countries in the world but ChildFund New Zealand and their parents are working together to build a better life for the children. Thirteen classrooms and three preschools have been built, 10 run-down schools have been renovated and schools have received furniture and sports equipment. More than 200 teachers have been trained with improved teaching methods. Six year old Catherine said, “I am happy that a school has been built near my home. I like going to school because I have a lot of friends in my class. We sing, dance, draw and count numbers with the help of my teacher.’
Growing Healthy Children
Over 5000 children have received health checks and been vaccinated against diseases such as measles. ChildFund New Zealand has also provided almost 15,000 nets to protect children from mosquitoes while they sleep because malaria is a serious problem in Zambia. ChildFund New Zealand’s work in the Luangwa District of Zambia has contributed to the malaria rate halving over the past couple of years.
Women and children in Luangwa often walk long distances to collect water, and children have been killed by crocodiles when collecting water from the river. ChildFund New Zealand has drilled eight deep wells for the community. Having clean water close to homes means children no longer get sick from drinking polluted water, and do not have to walk as far to collect it. Lillian said, ‘We have suffered for a very long time to access safe drinking water. We also lost some of our loved ones to crocodiles. Boreholes with piped water answer most of our wishes!’
A Hand-Up for Parents
Many parents in Zambia need a hand-up to be able to support their families better. ChildFund New Zealand gave 200 mums small herds of goats. When the goats reproduced, the mothers passed on the baby goats to other families until over 600 families had benefited. The proportion of malnourished children has decreased from 19% to 1% because of the goat milk, meaning children are less likely to get sick and can learn better at school.