Where We Work


Africare began operations in Zambia in 1978.

Since that time, Africare has invested in Zambian communities 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

Click “Africare Programs” above to view Africare/Zambia’s active programs.

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.

Check out our blog, or the related content to your left, to see more examples of Africare success in Zambia.

Hopes and Dreams Solar Pump Project
Donor: Hopes and Dreams, Inc.; National Commercial Bank of Zambia
Purpose: Reduce morbidity and mortality due to WASH related diseases, reduce the burden of water collection on women and girls

It Takes a Village: Maternity Waiting Homes
Donor: Merck & Co.
Implementing Partners: Ministry of Community Development and Mother and Child Health; University of Michigan
Location: Lundazi and Petauke districts, Eastern province
Purpose: Conduct formative research on the feasibility, accessibility and acceptability of MWHs to increase facility based child deliveries