VisionZambia 2017 Annual Report Now Available

Welcome to the sixth VisionZambia annual report celebrating our work in the year 2017 and looking forward to 2018. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters and donors and also recognise the dedicated work of our trustees. Please contact Amber at admin@visionzambia.co.uk if you would like a copy of the report or download it by clicking: VisionZambia – Annual Report 2017 To view our previous years reports please visit here

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Mother of Mercy Hospice

Mother of Mercy Hospice runs an outreach programme taking medicines and food to patients in the poorest parts of the community who are too weak or live too far away to make the journey. On each of our visits to Lusaka VisionZambia trustees accompany Sr Jeremia to see this invaluable work at first hand. Whenever Sr Jeremia meets children on these trips she asks if they are attending school. When I visited earlier this year with trustees Georgia and Sandra I was delighted to see that two children Patricia and I met last summer, Ruth and Justin are now sponsored to attend St Patrick’s one of the hospice schools. Ruth had made a great impression on us as before she opened the sweets we gave to her she turned and gave one first to her father. Last July the siblings had not been able to access education but are now happily engaged in learning with…

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Our Projects

Before VisionZambia arrived, women walked for hours to fetch clean water, many people were using contaminated shallow wells and cholera was rife. Supported by our donors and the local community, we installed bore holes and pumps across Linda which gave over 5000 people access to clean water. Read more here about the Water project. VisionZambia now concentrates support in the areas of Health, Education, Women and Sports. According to the World Health Organisation one in ten children in Zambia will die before their fifth birthday. Most child deaths are due to malnutrition which drastically increases the risk of children getting pneumonia, diarrhoea or malaria. At the Light of Hope Clinic, supported by VisionZambia, children come to be weighed once a month and the clinic offers a feeding programme for the under fives. Light of Hope also provides nutritional support to elderly members of the community with HEPS (High Energy Protein Supplement), Kapenta (sardines) beans and mealie meal. We support…

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Our Mission, Vision and Principles

OUR MISSION: VisionZambia is committed to building ongoing relationships with communities in Zambia and from these relationships answering the calls for help especially inregard to our charitable objectives that include: the advancement of education and training the relief of poverty through income generating activities which are self-sustaining the preservation and protection of health.   OUR VISION: VisionZambia believes it is important to devote our energies to ensuring communities in Zambia enjoy success and equality, whilst achieving their own aspirations and rediscovering the richness of their ancestral and cultural past.   OUR PRINCIPLES: VisionZambia was founded on the principles of Psychology of Vision. Many of our members and supporters are part of this community.Therefore we are committed to the following principles: Partnership and success – When we are in partnership with others we are naturally successful because the dynamics of partnership, which are bonding, intimacy and balance, are also the dynamics of success. Effective communication – The key…

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VisionZambia 2016 Annual Report Now Available

Welcome to the fifth VisionZambia annual report celebrating our work in the year 2016 and looking forward to 2017. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters and donors and also recognise the dedicated work of our trustees. Please contact Katie at katie@visionzambia.co.uk if you would like a copy of the report or download it by clicking: Vision Zambia – Annual Report 2016 To view our previous years reports please visit here

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Light of Hope sports club

Young people in the Linda community have limited opportunities for education and employment and can be susceptible to drugs, drink and crime. Light of Hope has developed Sports programmes to provide young people with the opportunity to work collaboratively and to channel their energies positively. Your donations to VisionZambia support Light of Hope Sports Club with the payment of registration fees and transport to enable them to play competitively. During their visits to Zambia, trustees accompany the teams to support them and follow their progress seeing at first-hand what this programme offers. Netball, Soccer and Aerobic exercises are the main sporting activities which are played by the youths aged between 12 and 25 years drawn from across Chilanga.  Following their motto ‘To Inspire and Achieve’ the members of the club will regularly undergo intensive training to empower them with the skills and information to equip them for the future. Light of Hope has also developed…

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Ghika and Patricia’s Visit: July 2017 Part 3 – “Still here”

On Thursday morning we visited the women of Lusapila, meaning ‘Still here’. They were delighted with the gift of Microbz poultry nutrition booster. Mary (Secretary), Mavis (Treasurer), Irene and Amanda explained how they had originally started chicken rearing and recently sold 15 of their 60 chickens for 40 to 60 kwacha depending on size. The eggs sell for 1 kwacha each. The women started with broiler chickens and then moved on the more natural ‘village chickens’ when the feed price increased. The chickens were living in the house with Amanda (the eldest) for a year before Vision Zambia donated the funds to build a chicken house. Mary explained that as the chickens live in their small yard and have to be confined, they can fight and eggs are lost in the process. The Group joined the Chicken Association, based in Lusaka, and were advised that in their circumstances they should buy an incubator to protect the…

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Ghika and Patricia’s Visit: July 2017 Part 2 – Mother of Mercy Hospice

A highlight of every trustee visit is the chance to accompany Sister Jeremia and Leonard, the counsellor, on the weekly Hospice Outreach programme. This journey into remote areas of the countryside around Lusaka brings into sharp focus the realities of poverty and the difference your donations are making to deliver food, medicines and care directly to where it is needed.  Ghika x   On Wednesday we joined Sister Jeremia, Leonard, a counsellor and driver Juvee on the weekly Hospice Outreach programme to deliver food to vulnerable patients. En route we stopped to provide some food to one of the school’s supported by the Hospice. St Patrick’s, has 456 pupils on a small site provides lunch from Monday to Thursday. Enshima (starchy food made from maize), cabbage, mealie meal and beans were on that day’s menu. For some children it would be their only meal that day. The first patient, Moses and his wife both have HIV,…

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Ghika and Patricia’s Visit: July 2017 Part 1

Our week started with a catch up with John and Mainess about their recent activities at the Light of Hope Clinic. Mainess was in the midst of a new programme of door-to-door outreach HIV testing using two kits, firstly testing for the presence of HIV then for the type. This is a new initiative, implemented since David and Katie’s trip in early June. Mainess is finding that there is a good response and attributes this to the programme being voluntary and in the privacy of client’s homes. The Clinic plays a role in supporting young people in the area and we met Joseph that morning, who was quite despondent as he has has not been able to afford the fees to complete his craft certificate in plastering and bricklaying. We planned to visit Thorn Hill Construction College with him the following day. Mainess outlined her role mobilising the women through the Village Savings and Loan Association. She explained that the…

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Light of Hope Sports Teams

On his recent visit our newest trustee David Ward and his wife Katie went to see how the Light of Hope’s sports teams are getting on and what a difference VisionZambia is making to their lives. John introduced us to the managers of the football team and the netball team and we drove to a local town, picked up some girls and bought them back to Linda to play a friendly football match. After the Linda team won 2:0, we chatted with the players about their experiences. Esther (left) is a striker and plays netball as a goal attack and Diana is a defender. Esther says: “I enjoy playing football because it keeps me fit and I can’t be moving around the football doing nothing. We have won all the games, apart from four which we drew.” Diana says: “Thank you very much to Vision Zambia for being with us because without you we would…

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Hospice update from our newest trustee David

As this was my first visit to Zambia, I didn’t know what to expect. On the way from the Airport I was immediately surprised by how lush the landscape was, plenty of green fields and forest that I more readily associate with home. But this was soon overtaken by a more typical African city feel, bustling markets and cars jostling for position. Lusaka is growing rapidly, Chinese investment has led to a flurry of malls and infrastructure projects that seemingly cover every inch of this city. As we got close to the Linda community the investment started to slow. Tarmac gives way to dirt roads and malls turn into wooden shacks. Linda has a very different feel. One of the projects I was most impressed with was the Mother of Mercy Hospice. Sister Jeremia’s devotion to the cause is clear. She has been working there for 8 years providing medicine and support to some of…

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Wool you or won’t you?

The ladies of the Linda community regularly meet up for their Support or Loans & Savings Groups. When we have visited the groups over the years we enjoy seeing the creations produced (whilst sitting in the meeting circles) from the local chitenge materials and more recently woollen items, such as babies hats, clothes and doorway mats. This activity provides a small income which the ladies use for everyday living and education fees. At the hospice we have also witnessed a knitting machine in use, where school jumpers are made. As our supporters know, we make regular visits throughout the year and are very willing to pack an extra suitcase with kindly donated bras and wool. So please contact us here if you have any un-used wool that needs a good home. And know that it will be gratefully put to good use.  

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Ruthie and Patricia’s Visit: February 2017 Part 2

Tuesday 14th February 8am Meeting with Lusapila Women’s Group. This group raises two sets of chickens, layers and broilers. They buy the broilers small, feed them up and grow and then sell them on. They also sell eggs The 12 members of this group have received advice on how to raise chickens and belong to a chicken keepers club. They would really like to get an incubator next, which John thought might cost around K4000 (£322.00). The group is going well and the chickens looked well, with lots of chicks. 10am Meeting with Light of Hope Women’s Group. This group makes rugs to sell and they also sell Chitenge fabric. They buy 6m of fabric for K100 (£8.00) and sell for K150 (£12.00). They have recently opened a mobile account because bank charges are too high. They would really like a shop to sell their wares rather than going door to door which is their…

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Ruthie and Patricia’s visit: February 2017 Part 1

This was my first visit to Zambia and what struck me the most was the warmth of welcome, the smiling happy children, (despite having nothing), and the willingness by people to improve their lives and receive help. The people I met and their living circumstances threw into sharp relief the abun-dance of stuff we have in England, and how much we waste and throw away. The children and adults I met created something out of almost nothing to make a difference to their lives, whether that was a toy car made of plastic bottles, or a business starting off with a few chickens. It was a humbling and joyful experience. Here is a full report of what a week in Zambia looks like for a trustee! Friday 10th February – Introductions 10am Meeting at Light of Hope Clinic with John Shawa, our coordinator in Linda. Met Coco, (Kondwani Nyimbili) and Tima, (Tima Banda) his assistants (paid),…

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Support the Mother of Mercy Hospice

VisionZambia is the only oversees charity that supports this essential hospice which would have to close without our monthly donations. Without this hospice and it’s outreach programme many more people would die from curable diseases. Watch this video from Sister Jeremia and share it with your friends. Please give whatever you can. It will make a difference.

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It’s not too late too make a difference this Christmas

“As many of you know. Africa is the place of my birth; it is part two of who I am. Africa gave a lot to me and it feeds my soul to give back to it through the Mother of Mercy Hospice near Lusaka” Jeff Allen Hospice Appeal We recently launched our latest appeal telling the story of William and his mum who were admitted to Mother of Mercy Hospice in Chilanga, near Lusaka. Without the care they received, they would not have recovered. All money we raise goes to the Mother or Mercy Hospice whose staff work hard to care and treat those who desperately need it. We have raised an incredible amount so far and it can only get better. Please give what you can this Christmas. Improvements at Linda Community School Headteacher Doreen Nzila has made huge improvements to the school over the last year, with help from VisionZambia. We match-fund the parents’ contributions and this partnership is reaping big…

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Doreen Nzila thanks VisionZambia

“Thanks for what VisionZambia has done for Linda school and many have come along because of you.”  Doreen Nzila

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Save a child like William

VisionZambia are launching an appeal to raise £60,000 for the Mother of Mercy Hospice in Chilanga, Zambia. We’ve worked with the Hospice for many years and we see the incredible lifeline it is for the community. William and his mum were admitted to the Mother of Mercy Hospice in Chilanga in February 2016. They were both very sick, William’s mum was in a critical condition. William was malnourished and diagnosed with TB. He was eighteen months old and weighed just 6.5 kg. He had never taken a single step. William was referred to the Hospice’s outpatient clinic. With the right medical treatment and nutritional supplements he quickly recovered and was discharged home. For the last few months he has been given formula milk. Now weighing 10 kg, he recently started to walk and is getting stronger every day! After a few months his mum was also discharged and is now doing very well. VisionZambia works with…

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Visit to Zambia

Sue and Jane’s visit – June/July 2016

June is a lovely time of year to visit Lusaka: The temperature reaches the mid-twenties during the day but cools down at dusk so it is very pleasant. I was surprised though to find everyone talking about the cold. Head teacher Doreen and her deputy Leah wrap up against the cold! Linda Open Community School It was a pleasure to visit Linda School again. The Head Teacher, Doreen Nzila, is coming to the end of her first year’s tenure and has made a very real difference to the life of the school. The children look very smart in their uniforms and seem engaged in their lessons – including learning valuable IT skills in the new computer room. We were told that other community schools are requesting a visit to Linda, as it is fast becoming a model of excellence. At the request of the Head, Sue ran a very successful half-day workshop shared with a…

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Sue and Julie’s Workshops

As trainers we have facilitated workshops in all kinds of buildings in various corners of the world, but February ranked pretty high on the unusual stakes. The community hall at Linda School in Lusaka, Zambia has bare concrete walls and floor; the tin roof bakes in the heat and clatters in the rain. Most of the windows are broken and so are the toilets.   But as usual our visit to Zambia was a lesson in how the human spirit can thrive anywhere.   For the first time in Linda Compound, Julie Wookey and I gave three one-day workshops on Leadership, Accountability and Forgiveness to over 100 people in total. There were handouts and certificates; there was music, laughter and bonding.   We shared the teachings that we live by, because they have supported us in our relationships, in our careers, with our families and children, and in creating success for ourselves.   As retired trainers…

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VisionZambia 2014 Annual Report Now Available

Welcome to the fourth VisionZambia annual report celebrating our work in the year 2014 and looking forward to 2015. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters and donors and also recognise the dedicated work of our trustees. Please contact Katie at katie@visionzambia.co.uk if you would like a copy of the report or download it by clicking: Vision Zambia – Annual Report 2014 To view our previous years reports please visit here

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Jane Stephenson’s visit to Linda – part 2

Light of Hope Health Care Our man on the ground in Linda is the very experienced John Shawa who runs Light of Hope Health Care and it was great to meet him at last. It was shocking to discover that one in 9 children in Zambia will die before their fifth birthday – largely from diarrhoea or malnutrition – so it was good to find out that the Light of Hope feeding programme is going well, providing protein supplements and mealie meal for around 140 local children.   Football Teams Light of Hope Health Care also runs two football teams with support from VisonZambia. Isaac, the administrator, arranged for us to meet some of the boys who have received shirts and boots donated by Fulham Football Club. They were delighted to show off their keepy uppy skills for the camera and told me they hope to be able to visit Fulham and play at the…

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Jane Stephenson’s visit to Linda – part 1

Sue Allen and I arrived in Lusaka on 15th November. It was extremely hot as the rains were at least a fortnight overdue but as I’d only started working as VisionZambia’s UK Project Manager in September I was pleased to be visiting so soon. It’s only when you see things with your own eyes that you can really appreciate both the work of the charity and the huge needs of the community it supports. Linda is only around 16km from the capital Lusaka so I was surprised to find that it has a surprisingly rural feel. Although tarmac roads have recently been laid, there are still plenty of dirt roads chock-full of bicycles and pedestrians with small, makeshift shops alongside them. Economic conditions in Zambia are harsh at the moment and we heard that this is really hitting the small traders as people have little disposable income to buy goods.   Linda Open Community School…

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VisionZambia 2014 Annual Report Now Available

Welcome to the third VisionZambia annual report celebrating our work in the year 2014 and looking forward to 2015. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters and donors and also recognise the dedicated work of our trustees. Please contact Katie at katie@visionzambia.co.uk if you would like a copy of the report or download it by clicking: Vision Zambia – Annual Report 2014 To view our previous years reports please visit here

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Magic Hands of Africa

Magic Hands of Africa

Sandra Kasonso started Magic Hands of Africa because she is passionate about finding a solution that will greatly help women in Zambia. We met Sandra on our Feb 2015 visit to Lusaka, when Patricia’s detective work to find out who had made some lovely beaded angels tracked her down. Sandra is one of those superwomen who also has a full time job and has been trained in business management; her skilled team of women makes a range of beaded goods so providing employment. Beyond that she has set a goal this year and VisionZambia wants to support it:   “Our 2015 goal is to raise funds to educate 40 kids and give $150 grants to 10 women to invest in their small businesses. Buying just one keyring will help us get there! Thanks!” VisionZambia now has 300 beautiful beaded keyrings and you too can support Sandra. Whether you choose an angel, a heart, or a butterfly, they make…

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Vision Zambia deliver water to zone 8

After years of working in the compound we have been able to deliver two boreholes and hand pumps to 4,500 people in zone 8 of Linda compound. Please watch this video from the people of the co-operative who are managing the water and share it with your friends. Thank you to everyone who has donated.            

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VisionZambia report 2013

Vision Zambia 2013 Annual Report

We are very happy to release our 2013 annual report. Please contact Katie at katie@visionzambia.co.uk if you would like a copy of the report or download it by clicking: Vision Zambia – Annual Report 2013 To view our previous years reports please visit here  

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A light of hope for children under five 

          One in ten children in Zambia die before their fifth birthday. In a class of thirty students, three are not going to survive. In a community like Linda compound these statistics are far higher. Most child deaths are due to malnutrition which drastically increases the risk of children getting pneumonia, diarrhoea or malaria. Two out of three child deaths are preventable. Which means that you can do something about it. At VisionZambia since the beginning of this year we have provided bags of heps and mealy meal which are staples for 131 under fives – 52 boys and 86 girls. At the light of hope clinic supported by VisionZambia the children come to be weight once a month and their mothers praise the lord to see them growing. We have just signed a funding request to start giving the clinic soya beans every month and if you want to help us…

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Thank you for helping us save lives

VisionZambia work with partner organisations on the ground in Linda to help people most in need in the compound – linking our community with theirs, in partnership, to deliver life changing support. One of our partners John Shawar runs the ‘Light of Hope’ clinic and that is exactly what it is – a light that brings hope to a desperately poor community. In Linda it is common for children under five to die of preventable diseases including malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia and to contract HIV. Working through Light of Hope we can reach some of these children with the nourishment that they need to help them fight infections. We couldn’t do this without your support and for that we are very grateful. Thank you.  

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Leopards in Zambia

Leopards in Zambia

  Jeff Allen a trustee for VisionZambia is currently in Zambia and this morning he saw Leopards before breakfast. This incredible video shows the animals in their true beauty. Leopards from Jeff Allen on Vimeo.      

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What next

What’s next for the women of Linda

When we told the women of Linda compound that VisionZambia would match fund whatever money they banked there were smiles all round. Their vision is to arrange interest free loans amongst themselves, and manage the repayments, so that they can help women start their own businesses. As well as match funding the women we are also going to help them to kick start their first couple of businesses. Chickens We are working on a project where the women start their own business rearing chickens for eggs and for meat. As well as helping to keep families well fed this project creates profits. Staying healthy during their menstrual cycle VisionZambia are supporting the women’s association to manufacture and sell their own menstrual pads. Currently most women in Linda do not have access to any form of sanitary protection. This would be a huge benefit to the community.

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The Girl Effect

The Girl Effect

We think that the Girl Effect could be one of the most powerful things to change the world in the coming five years. We aim to support the girls in the Linda compound so that they can have a brighter future. Watch this video      

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Women

Girl Power

Linda Women’s Association is an umbrella group of various women’s groups in Linda. Over the last two years we have donated around 1500 bras collected from the UK and America, and the women have sold them to raise money for their income generating activities. It was great to see our friends again today and catch up with their news. The not-so-secret power of the women is that whatever they generate benefits their children, their families, and beyond. They are the ones who look after the old and the orphans, and whose communication is the glue that binds the community together. The Association goes from strength to strength. These women are buzzing with ideas to generate income, from growing mushrooms to solar drying of leaves and herbs, from crocheting hats to raising chickens. When we told them that VisionZambia would match fund whatever money they banked there were smiles all round. Their vision is to arrange…

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Linda Girls Football Team

Linda girls football team

Sue and Patricia, two VisionZambia trustees are in Zambia at the moment. This blog is from Sue. Sunday is match day for the girls football team – the Light of Hope Divas – that we support in Linda. Patricia and I drove to the other side of Lusaka where the team was playing against the Amanda Queens. We arrived just before half-time when the score was nil-nil and we stayed for the final whistle with the score at 2:1 to the Amanda Queens; this score included an own goal scored by one of the Divas. The girls told us that playing in the team helps them to be themselves and have a life of their own. They don’t feel so much pressure to get married and have babies too early; we saw the coaches encourage them to support each other in a disciplined way, to commit to the team, to keep up their training, to…

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Fact or Myth?

Stop the Myth

Today I wanted to share with you something very positive from the world of development. The Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. They also make a brilliant contribution to global statistics and conversations on health and development and are pioneering the belief that people all over the world have lives of equal value. We are right behind them! This short and beautiful video offers us the vision of a world where poverty is history and every country enjoys a basic quality of life. This vision is something that we can all hold in our own way. It wouldn’t be possible without the work of development charities and organisations and people like you who give what you can to help people millions of miles away. Thank you.

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Chilanga

The re-opening of the Mother of Mercy hospice brings hope back to Chilanga

The picture to the left should be everyone’s wish fulfilled. It is a photograph of the children’s room at Chilanga Hospice in Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. Together with (RED) partners and supporters, I visited the hospice, which was founded in 1997, originally as a place where HIV/AIDS patients could go to die. At the time, the hospice cared for 500 patients per month, and death rates were at around 70 percent. Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) were not yet available. Today, the hospice has a small ward with 21 beds, but caters mainly to outpatients, who come to the clinic to be tested or treated for HIV, tuberculosis, or both. Thanks to ARV and treatment for tuberculosis, also funded by the Global Fund, most patients at Chilanga can live healthy, productive lives. And thanks to ARVs that are offered to pregnant women who are HIV-positive through prevention of mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT), fewer and fewer HIV-positive infants are born in…

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Linda women's football

The Linda girls football team go from strength to strength

The linda girls football team is doing very well in their league. In total they are 28 girls, from various backgrounds who are vulnerable at their young age to falling into drinking, drugs and early pregnancy. The football training sessions and games provides them with something to work towards. For those that are not in school Light of Hope are providing them with personal tutoring sessions to try and get them back into education. The girls, supported through VisionZambia, tell us that they love playing football and now that they have their kits and more training sessions they are better prepared for their league. Josephine, one of the players who is 19 and currently at a local secondary school says I joined Light of Hope soccer team in 2010. Before I joined I used to play around with boys and get into drinking and smoking but from the time that I joined my life has…

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All women need support

All women need support

Do you want to organise you’re own bra collecting event for charity? We want to say a big THANK YOU to our friends in America who have managed to collect 95 bras for us to take out to Zambia in January 2014. The women of Linda Women’s Association are doing a fantastic job of selling the bras in the Linda community to women who find it easier to shop for bras locally than spend time on transport into the local town to buy them for a hefty price. We are delighted that the bras that have been donated so far have made 1,195k for the women’s groups, which is about £150. VisionZambia is now matching this funding so that the women have access to more cash for revolving loans. The loans mean that the women of Linda have a place that they can go to start their local businesses, they can buy raw materials including…

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Scoring Africa

How is Zambia doing?

  This graphic shows us some key indicators about how Zambia is doing on a developmental scale. There are some encouraging indicators in areas of stability and diversity. However there are also some worrying figures for health, economy and infrastructure. If you click on the map you can go to their website and play around with the figures. Why don’t you let us know what you think?

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Our principles

Our principles

Since becoming a registered charity we have been carefully considering our attitude and values as  an organisation. VisionZambia was founded on principles of Psychology of Vision. Many of our supporters are part of this community. Therefore we are committed to the following principles: Partnership and Success – When we are in partnership with others we are naturally successful because the dynamics of partnership, which are bonding, intimacy and balance, are also the dynamics of success. Effective communication – The key to chance and transformation is communication and transparency and we are committed to become more and more effective in all our communications with beneficiaries, donors and partners. Equality – If we do not consider ourselves and others as equals we fall into the trap of sacrifice, which many of us hide by going independent and therefore creating co-dependency. There can only be love and sharing and support between equals. Integrity – We value integrity, recognising…

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Tiyende Pamozi

Tiyende Pamozi

Tiyende Pamozi is a group of 23 women who live in Linda. They are one of four groups in total who make up the Linda Women’s Association. Tiyende Pamozi are engaged in farming, baking, knitting, sewing hand bags and keeping chickens. They help the double orphans that live close to them by paying for their school fees and take extra food to widows and elderly people in their community. They charge each member 20KW (23p) per year to be members of the group. Mainess Haminda, a member of the group says “our goal is to make sure that our children are looked after properly and not to have a lot of mothers just sitting in their homes doing nothing. At least they should have their hands engaged, No!” The women of the Tiyende Pamozi group are engaged and ambitious, they want trainings from VisionZambia in catering, tailoring, accounting and marketing their products so that they…

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Kenneth

Kenneth

Kenneth has worked for one of VisionZambia’s partners the Light of Hope Clinic since 2008 and this is the story of how he came to be a volunteer care giver in his own words… “My daughter Mubanga Zimba was my first born child. She was married to a man in 2000 and then her husband died in 2001. We didn’t know what killed him, it was just a sickness. She came back to our home. Four years later she began to get sick and then in 2007 that is when she became very sick. I began to suspect that she came into contact with HIV. I was trying to convince my wife she should go for testing but my wife was refusing. She was afraid of the stigma. One of the care givers at Light of Hope Medical Centre called Mrs Theresa Chirwa came to my home and did some counseling with my whole family….

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Women

Women are the heart

‘Women are the heart of the family. She holds the values of the community’ Mary Rose – Women’s group leader We have met many inspiring women in Linda Compound. Women who want to change their futures, the future of their children and the future of the community. These women are motivated, organised and dedicated to working together. Everybody benefits from training. In the UK we have training courses for business development, innovation, resource management, digital media, the list goes on and on and on and on and on. The women of Linda Womens Association are thirsty for training. They are ready to learn new skills and apply themselves in order to make a more secure future for their families. All over the world development success stories such as BRAC and SCAD linchpin on providing their communities with continuous training that keeps people in difficult situations moving forward in their lives. Now that we have helped…

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Education

Education

More than half of Zambians are 16 years old or younger and therefore the country’s educational system is extremely overburdened. The allocation of resources is a serious challenge. Lack of infrastructure, insufficient teacher training, and a struggle for resources mean that nearly 260,000 children ages 7-13 are not enrolled in school. Education is especially important for women and girls in Zambia. Only 64% of Zambian women are able to read and write meaning women are trapped into cycles of poverty and marginalisation. Educated girls grow into educated women, who – research shows – marry later in life, have healthier babies and are more likely to educate their children. VisionZambia have been supporting Linda Open Community School for the past 8 years and we know the community well. In this video you can see the work that we have done   “This is a place where there is nothing but the blackboards and notebooks, and yet,…

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Water

Water is a human right

Human beings cannot exist without water; 60% of our bodies are water and without a healthy source, human beings suffer serious illness and sometimes death. Yet at this time in countries in Africa, Asia and South America nearly 780million people lack access to clean water – that is one in nine people or nearly two and a half times the population of the USA. This is a human tragedy. What if the other eight out of nine people who do have access to clean water pooled together and made an effort towards helping that one person out of nine to claim his human right to life? That doesn’t sound too difficult to do, but HOW is the question. How can we ensure that the people who need water have sustainable, well-maintained water systems that serve their communities now and into the future? How are we still so behind on this global target when many charities…

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Come and celebrate with us

Come and celebrate with us

VisionZambia are having a relaunch party on the 17th of September at the Hub in Westminister. We are inviting you to join us for an evening of inspiration and collaboration.                         Please e-mail Katie@visionzambia.co.uk if you want to come        

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VisionZambia – Charity Number 1152992

VisionZambia – Charity Number 1152992

VisionZambia are very pleased to announce that we are now a registered UK Charity. We have been going through the process for approximately 8 months and we are very happy to finally have the certificate of registration in our hands. We are looking forward to a VisionZambia relaunch (details to be announced) coming before the end of the year and we are excited about what we can deliver in 2014. VisionZambia can make a real difference to the lives of our friends who live in the Linda Compound. However we couldn’t do it without your help. A very big thank you to all our supporters and those who have donated.

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VisionZambia

VisionZambia

VisionAfrica are changing our name to VisionZambia. VisionAfrica have been working for the last nine years with the community in Linda Compound, Lusaka, Zambia. We have had many successes and landmarks along our journey and there is one important one on the horizon. In a few months we will have charitable status in the UK meaning that we will need to comply with the rules and regulations of the Charity Commission and with this comes the need to change our name. Unfortunately VisionAfrica is already being used by a charity registered in the UK and the Charity Commission cannot have multiple charities with the same name – it makes things very complicated! After much deliberation we have decided that the best name to go forward with is VisionZambia. This name reflects our commitment to working in Zambia as well as our Vision of Friends Helping Friends, a collaboration between communities in different countries with the goal of…

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Linda women benefit from bras

Linda women benefit from bras

In the beginning of May VisionAfrica was lucky enough to travel to Linda Compound in Lusaka, Zambia to visit our friends. Since Feb 2013 VisionAfrica have taken over 750 bras from the UK to a group of pioneering women in this community along with other donations including wool. This group of women are now called Linda Women’s Association. They have used the bras to open their own shop in the community of nearly 30,000 people. Through selling the bras these women have managed to start new lives for themselves. They have raised enough money to form an organisation, open a bank account and become official. The Linda Women’s Association is an umbrella organisation for 4 women’s groups each with between 15-20 members. The women make crafts, farm, sell produce and make local medicines and spices for the markets. With the injection of cash provided by selling the bras and wool the women can invest in their…

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Send us your bras

Send us your bras

                In February VisionAfrica took 250 bras out to Zambia to help a community of women in Linda compound. These incredible women are looking for ways that they can help the community to develop out of poverty. They are selling the bras in order to make money to use in their community centre. If you have any bras in the back of your drawers that you don’t wear, why not send them to a good home? Send us your bras. E-mail us at info@visionafrica.co.uk for more information.

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What are you doing with your old bras?

What are you doing with your old bras?

              Bras are taken for granted by millions of women living in the UK. We put them on every morning and take them off every evening and occasionally buy a new one. However in Zambia many women don’t have bras that they can wear every day. They don’t own a bra. On VisionAfrica’s last trip out to Zambia we took with us 250 ladies bras kindly donated by women in the UK. We all have bras in our draws that sit in the back and never see the light of day. They are either too big or small or not to our taste. Well these can go to good use. Women in Africa need your donated bras. We were able to give the 250 bras to the women that organise the Linda Women’s Association. We hope that these 250 bras can begin to make these beautiful women some money in their…

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Why Poverty? Stealing Africa

The latest programme by the BBC on Why Poverty? Stealing Africa highlights issues of international trade and shows explicitly how Africa is missing out on needed tax reserves. The BBC describes the programme as so ‘Ruschlikon is a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. There is so much money in the public coffers that the mayor can’t spend it all, largely thanks to the contribution from one resident – Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of commodities giant Glencore. However, Glencore’s copper mines in Zambia don’t generate similar tax windfalls for Zambians. The country has the third largest copper reserves in the world, but 60 per cent of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80 per cent are unemployed. Christoffer Guldbrandsen investigates the dark heart of the tax system employed by multi-nationals and asks how much profit is fair.’ This programme is fascinating, with interviews from the…

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Welcome to our new Vision Africa website

Welcome to our new Vision Africa website

At Vision Africa we believe in community action and collaboration between nations that leads to positive change. We have been actively supporting our friends in the Linda Compound, Zambia for the last 7 years and have completed many projects that have improved the standard of living for many families. Vision Africa’s projects include implementing access to clean water for the 25,000 people who live in the compound, supporting the Linda Community School with buildings and income generation, helping to feed under 5s to prevent malnutrition in their developmental years, providing community drugs and a hospice where HIV sufferers can go to die in dignity. Let us know what you think of it by posting comments on this blog post. Thank you

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Linda Women’s Association

Linda Women’s Association

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