Zambia

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Why should we go to Zambia? You say
It offers an unforgettable holiday
Maybe an African walking safari could be tried
We’ll see beautiful Victoria Falls from another side
We can view the Zambezi River
The abundant wildlife will make you quiver
Awe-inspiring natural wonders to explore
Zambia is a country you might adore

 

We all love music, don’t we?
But Zamrock may be new to ye
Combines African, psychedelic, blues, hard rock
Funk, and heavy metal, folk and acid rock
You’ve probably heard James Brown’s "I Feel Good”?
Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Purple? I knew you would
If you wish to listen check links below
Quite a rhythmic musical show

 

A landlocked tropical country
About the size of Chile
Yes, the 39th largest in the world
Plateaus, mountains, rivers, valleys & hills
The capital and largest city is Lusaka
Home of the COMSEA (Common Market for Eastern & Southern Africa)

Minerals, wildlife, arable land, freshwater and forestry
One of the world’s fastest growing reformed economies
Announced the World Bank in 2010
Much happened before and since then

 

Hmmm... We never did say
Where we might want to stay
Maybe one of these lovely chalets?
Depends on how much do we want to pay?

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Zamibia’s wildlife is really quite diverse
Compare to Canada where over more land they can disperse Zambia: Over 232 mammal species
Canada: 200 mammal species
Zamibia : 757 species of birds
Canada: 460 - nearly two-thirds
Zamibia has 490 fish in 24 fish families
Canada has 1200 fish in 195 fish families
Guess that’s why here you may have whatever fish
Your heart desires and you may wish.

(Couldn’t resist sharing pictures with you. They touched my heart and hope you like them too)

Zambia’s national bird is the African Fish Eagle
Canada’s grey jay isn’t quite so regal

 

 

As noted, wildlife is quite diverse

Human life: also quite wild and diverse

Approximately 73 groups of differing ethnicity

But 90% belong to 9 main ethnolinguistic groups, you see

 

Most people speak Bantu
Don’t think the English or Asians do
Once, people of colour were not even
Counted in the census for some unknown reason
Today, more interracial relationships are increasing

Due to Zambia’s growing economy & labour importing
Refugees and asylum seekers came, but not from too far
Mainly from the Congo, Angola, Zimbabwe, and Rwanda

Zambia gained independence on October 24, 1964
From who, you may ask. From the UK for sure
Prior to the UK were the Portuguese
Then Scottish explorer David Livingstone if you please
His vision was to end the slave trade in the nation
Via the big 3: Christianity, Commerce, Civilization
Unfortunately, slavery did not come to an end
Human-trafficking for labour, sex, child labour occurred then
All forms continue today and will until who knows when

 

In 2019, an estimated 40 million people worldwide
Subjected to some form of slavery and besides;
25% are children and teens
Had no idea we are still so mean
Child Soldiers Initiative - in 2007 Roméo Dallaire founded this feat
Before he took his Senate seat

The president of Zamibia now is guess who
Yes, it’s Edgar Chagwa Lungu
Very sensitive to any opposition
Persecuting those with criticism
Called homosexual acts a form of bestiality
Like most Zambians he would find Canada an abnormality

 

One result of colonialization
Was the growth of urbanization
Ethnic groups influenced each other’s way of life
Fashion, mannerisms, and all that’s nice
Leading to a more universal culture
Seen in agriculture and artistic sculpture

Zambia is constitutionally a Christian nation
Yet interesting traditions cause celebration
“Get out of the water” Kuomboka Ceremony
Traditional end of the rainy season annually
Many other ceremonies and rituals
Mark a variety of events traditional Achievements, anniversaries, coronations Purification, initiation, graduation
Marriage, funeral, birth, presidential atonement and more
In fact about 77 each year in the Zambian calendar

 

On your left is a Lukasa board for memory
Used by griots, i.e.teller of history
Griots were multitalented troubadors
Story tellers, musicians, poets, and more
Takes hard work and study
So it isn’t for everybody
Being a griot is not a male prerogative
Many women are equally cognitive

Art is everywhere See the wood sculpture there?
Basketry - look at that size
Pottery and music that may surprise
Not just Zamrock, but more
Traditional instrument galore

 

Purpose of music was the expression
Of the culture’s social fabric impression
Yes, used for amusement, but also to teach, heal
As well as to the spirits appeal
Popular music emerged in the 1960’s
Then President Kenneth Kaunda ordered in the late 1970’s
That 95% of music played on radios
Be Zambian don’t you know
To restore the national identity

Then change took place in the 1990’s
Jamaican Reggae, US hip hop
Rhythm & blues wouldn’t stop

Zambia gained independence in October of 1964 - Hoo-ray
First President was known as KK
Kenneth David Kaunda, that’s the one
Served from 1964 to 1991
The picture to your left was taken
In 2020, if I’m not mistaken
His 96th birthday was cause for celebration
Once a freedom fighter, politician Statesman, mediator &
Father of the Nation

Sports and games are always fun
But how do we choose which one?
Football, soccer, netball, volleyball
Plus some Indigenous games for all
Such as snake, chiyenga, weaida, hide and seek
Walyako and solo. Let’s go take a peak

Once independence came
Zambia participated in Olympic games
Entered in Summer of 1964
First country to enter as one nation, and to exit as another

The plane crashed in 1993
Quite an unexpected tragedy
All the lives were lost; now please don’t scream
Lost was the Zambian national football team

Agriculture plays an important role in the economy
Especially since the decline in copper mining
Economic reform seeks to exploit not only agriculture
But also tourism, gemstone mining and hydro power

Cuisine is also very interesting and tasty
Stews, vegetables, insects
Dried fish. No wastey
Nashima is pounded white maize
And beer will help settle our food craze

As we know, HIV/AIDS has affected the population severely
In 1986 the government created the AIDS surveillance committee,
Then in 2002, made antiretroviral therapy available
To all, except, of course, homosexuals.
Infected is about 15% of the population
Most vulnerable are children and adolescents
About 60% of those infected are women
To couple HIV/AIDS with COVID is inhuman

Now, put on your dancing socks
Eat something and listen to Zamrock
On your face wear a smile
Let’s enjoy life for a while

SLF Supports Projects in Zambia

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Angelina Tembo Girls' School  Box 10 Ngu Kabwe

Angelina Tembo Girls Secondary is a Catholic School built in 1965 and run by the Sisters of Mary Immaculate.  It accommodates Nursery to Grade 12 students.  The school is in Kabwe, 100km north of Lusaka, in the heart of what is known as the Copperbelt. 

Zambia Orphan Aid assists the school with income-generating activities -- poultry, piggery and vegetable-growing, as well as a new maize-growing venture, which together have not only helped the school raise funds for school supplies, but have also provided protein and vitamin-rich foods for the orphans. 

 

The gardening and farming projects have helped to sustain the feeding program, and the school now has a chicken run housing 700 chicks at a time.  This has proved to be a successful source of income to provide vulnerable children with a nutritious school meal.  The school aims to break the cycle of poverty and improve social mobility in Zambia. They seek to equip disadvantaged students with vocational skills to help them access good jobs in professions like teaching or in healthcare, enabling them to earn an income that could lift their entire family out of poverty.  To do this, they pay the college or university fees, provide refurbished laptops, and pay for transportation or accommodation costs for any students who pass their Grade 12 exams with good results to continue their education.

They are delighted that five former students have graduated from Nkrumah University and are now teachers working in schools throughout Zambia.  They are currently supporting 9 students in tertiary education.

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Children in Distress Kitwe (CINDI)  Kabengele Ave, Kitwe

CINDI wants to see  a Community in which children are healthy and happy in every household in eleven communities of Kitwe.
 

In 1993, 12 organizations working to support efforts of government agencies and UNICEF  identified the need to share the best practice and among organizations working with the common goal of supporting children. Present day Children in Need began as a loose coalition of passionate professionals united in purpose and pursuit. The informal network started with regular meetings being held with support from UNICEF. 

 

In 1996, the network was formalized, and an independent structure and secretariat established in Lusaka, Zambia. The network has steadily grown over the years and broadened its scope .

 

Bestone Banda, Keiza Sakala, and  Elizabeth Mbewe have introduces several programs: a Children's Caucus, Make IT Safe, Girl Power, and Get Real TV/Radio. They are building capacity in preventing child labour, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and child trafficking,   offering psychosocial support, working with street children, educating on HIV and AIDS and the impact on children.

They promote civic engagement and conduct research to inform advocacy work. They offer training in child protection at district and community levels. They are working on disability Inclusion at district and community level, including accessibility audits of public buildings.  They train Community Service Organizations (CSOs) on how to engage the government on issues to do with children.  And they monitor UNCRC treaties (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child).

Ranchhod Community Services and Hospice  Highridge, Kabwe Zambia

Founded by businessman Balkrishna (Bali) Ranchhod in 2000, as the Ranchhod Hospice in Kabwe, Zambia, this 13-bed hospice admits patients with life threatening illnesses - mostly chronic HIV-AIDS with opportunistic infections due to non-adherence to treatment and treatment failures, poverty and cancer.  The hospice provides palliative care to both male and female patients as well as children.


The Ranchhod Children’s Centre next door provides daily nourishment to either single or double orphans who are being looked after by vulnerable grandmothers or the deceased parent's relatives. The children aged between 3-6 years, most of whom are HIV positive, receive ARV's (Anti-retroviral Drugs), multivitamins and meals, as well as classroom type education and care.

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Twavwane Home Based Care Initiative  Lusaka

 

They  ensure that the children realize their potential, and don’t allow what they cannot do to take away from what they can. Two million orphans and vulnerable children are living in Zambia and don’t have the support or family structure they need to thrive. Many live in granny or child headed households, scraping by on less than £1.50 a day.  Without access to school they face a lifetime of poverty.  But squashed together in classes of more than 75, sitting at broken desks or on the floor, makes it difficult for pupils to concentrate, write and learn. Twavwane  wants to improve the quality of education for these pupils and help them change their future.

 

Twavwane supplies uniforms, books, pays tuition fees, and creates inspiring learning environments so children can go to school and achieve the best they can. They do this together with the children’s families and support networks, balancing means testing with students’ efforts, and timely reviews to deliver the best results.  They fund nutritious school meals and organize after school gardening clubs to improve attendance and concentration in class. They run cooking demonstrations and growth monitoring to target severely malnourished under-fives. They deliver essential counselling services to increase resilience and improve school participation for orphans and other vulnerable children, most of whom have experienced stress or trauma.  They also provide additional support for pupils living with disabilities so they can attend and participate in classes on a daily basis.

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Young, Happy, Healthy and Safe  Zikhalo Phiri, Program director

Zikhalo tells us, “YHHS is a community-based organization working to strengthen and protect girls and women in the rural Eastern Province of Zambia. The Umodzi Highway, the Great East Road to Malawi and Mozambique, is a huge and busy thoroughfare, which brings transient populations, sex workers, HIV and addiction to the small, rural communities along its path.
 

Our vision is a Zambian society where young people are able to live happy, healthy and safe lives in communities that have strengthened the factors that protect young people and reduce those factors that harm them. YHHS is committed to improving the sexual, reproductive, and psychosocial health of young people aged 10 – 24 years, including reducing the spread of HIV and supporting those who are affected by the pandemic.  
 

We are doing this through activities which increase access to sexuality, reproductive health and life-skills education, and services such as counselling, HIV testing, STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) and ARV (Antiretroviral drugs) treatment, and safer sex methods. We aim to integrate HIV and AIDS knowledge and information at the community and district levels. Our goal is to contribute to the improvement of young people’s sexual, reproductive, and psychosocial health in Chipata District.