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Africare/Zambia

In the wake of Nelson Mandela's passing, Gertrude Musonda of Africare/Zambia remembers him this way:

For me, Mr. Nelson Mandela is the last of African leaders who sacrificed everything for the liberation of Africa. I know, there will never be another one to equal or even come close to Mandela! His contribution was selfless and not for self-gratification. He gave all a person could give for the whole continent. Through him all the other freedom fighters, who were imprisoned with him were remembered. Mandela was the face of South African liberation struggle!
-Gertrude Musonda

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Africare began operations in Zambia in 1978.

Since that time, Africare/Zambia has invested approximately $45,000,000 through projects addressing…

• Agriculture & Food Security
• Community Based Financial Institutions
• HIV & AIDS
• Humanitarian and Emergency Relief
• Maternal and Child Health
• Natural Resource Management
• Orphans and Vulnerable Children
• Water & Sanitation
• Women’s Empowerment

…reaching an estimated 7,600,000 beneficiaries.

Success in Zambia

When Africare introduced the rice variety called “Chama Rice”, it became the first non-governmental organization (NGO) to implement an agricultural project in the remote eastern Zambian province of Chama. This rice variety has been commercialized by COMACO under the brand “Its Wild” and is now widely available in Zambian supermarkets and chain stores.

Africare contributed to the restoration of livelihoods for more than 50,000 drought stricken households in Southern Province through the construction and rehabilitation of dams in a project funded by the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Africare is well-known in the country for popularizing the “Yenga Press” and the “Magoye Ripper” through its projects. The Yenga Press is the first hand-operated Ram Press, and Africare transferred the knowledge of manufacturing equipment and spares to local beneficiaries. The Press is popular across southern Africa and is still commercially available. The Magoye Ripper is a piece of minimum tillage equipment that has now been widely adopted throughout Africa and is famous as the best animal drawn minimum tillage implement for conservation agriculture.

Africare was the first NGO in southern Africa to adopt the concept of Zero Entropy or Zero Emission, meaning nothing is wasted, out of the Songhai Centre in Benin. A United Nations Development Programme funded an Africare project in Northern Province in Zambia, enabling the Ministry of Science and Technology to adopt the concept throughout its youth training centers country-wide.