Although Zambia has a reputation for political stability, social conditions are tough.
The prevalence of HIV is high at 12.4%. Gender inequality is severe, and women are often excluded from decision-making at home and in the wider community. Many have been widowed by HIV/Aids, or have taken in orphaned children.
In the Eastern Province of Zambia, where Send a Cow currently works, livestock are vital to the livelihoods of the vast majority of people – yet they tend to be poorly managed and low-yielding animals, leading to widespread food insecurity and poverty.
Send a Cow Zambia is our smallest country programme and over the next few years we hope to build on our experience, increase our visibility, grow new projects and work with more vulnerable households.
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Integrated Scaling-up Nutrition project - Petuake
Along with Village Water Zambia we are delivering integrating training in nutrition, sensitive health, WASH (Water and Sanitation Health) and sustainable agriculture. Working with 4,800 women we aim to train 240 peer farmer trainers who will go on to share their new skills and knowledge. We are also training Community Livestock Auxilliaries who will assist families with livestock management. We will also raise awareness of food preservation, processing and storage and well as training in enterprise.
Hope Means Future project - Luangwa
This project works with 1,100 vulnerable women farmers to achieve gender equality, food and income security and sustainable livelihoods. Women will improve their confidence and hope for their futures. We enable women and their households to realise their potential and contribute to the wider development of their communities.
This project is in Luangwa, Rufunsa, Shibuyunji and Kafue.
Hope Means Future project - Rufunsa
Hope Means Future Project - Shibuyunji
Petauke Environmental and Natural Resource Management
Environmental degradation is one of the key challenges facing Zambia due to intensive, maize dominated agriculture, widespread use of chemical fertilizers, and small-scale farming depleting natural resources. Gender equality is also a challenge as women face discrimination, in terms of land ownership and division of labour and roles.
This project will focus on women and young people to create sustainable futures for themselves. We will work with Ongolwe Women Development Association (OWDA), focusing on organisational development, advocacy and lobbying to help combat environmental destruction. We will work with self-help groups, school clubs and 600 young people to help strengthen the community as a whole.
In all of our activities, we will ensure that women and young people actively participate in self-help groups, radio programmes and community activities. Where the common trend is to have men in dominating leadership positions, women will be empowered to take leadership roles.
Hope Means Future Project - Kafue
“Before Send a Cow it was difficult to share household chores equally with my husband and other household members...There was so much arrogance and ignorance among ourselves in the home. With the coming of Send a Cow and especially the training on gender, we are now better educated to share roles. Now my husband and sons can assist in cooking. I am also more involved in our family business, our grocery shop, and together we buy and sell maize.”