Zambia

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Caritas Czech Republic has been operating in Zambia since 2013 and with nearly 200 employees is our biggest mission abroad. We operate in five provinces - Lusaka Province, Luapula Province, Central Province, Western Province, and North-Western Province. In Zambia, we are also the main partner of UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees); however, we also collaborate with a number of other important organizations.

Zambia development of maternal and child care

Our main activities are focused on reproductive health and nutrition, support of refugees, and development of economic self-sufficiency, primarily through sustainable agriculture.

Health and Nutrition

Between 2013 and 2018, we focused on improving accessibility and quality of maternal and child care, and developing training of midwives in the Western Province. Currently, we focus on support for production and consumption of nutritious food.

Economic Self-Sufficiency and Agriculture

In Zambia, agriculture plays an important role and represents a potentially sustainable source of livelihood. In our work to support agriculture, we focus on increasing profitability of farmers’ production, using agricultural innovations and efficient methods of farming. In collaboration with Mendel University in Brno, we are working to ensure that local farmers are able to adjust their farming in a way which will be sustainable, even in a changing climate. 

In Zambia, we also support development of small businesses, financial literacy, and specialized training as part of self-sufficiency strengthening. However, we also focus on connecting producers and consumers, and we provide farmers with financial support and training in management and business development.

Support for Refugees

Zambian farmersZambia is home to over 90,000 refugees and internally displaced persons. Most of them have very limited options regarding their own livelihoods, either due to strict government restrictions or conditions in places where Zambian refugee camps are located. The Zambian mission is also the main partner of UNHCR in the country and supports refugees in three refugee camps and in the capital city of Lusaka.

Our work focuses on accessibility to education for refugees, including accessibility to university scholarships, and on support of self-sufficiency through farming, which is the only possible livelihood in remote areas without basic infrastructure.

Read more about the mission in Zambia

Stories of refugees who are getting back on their feet thanks to Caritas Czech Republic
June 8, 2022 News

Stories of refugees who are getting back on their feet thanks to Caritas Czech Republic

"Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamt of becoming a doctor. But my family could not afford the school," twenty-seven-year-old Sigiro, a refugee from Rwanda, tells us in a Zambian hospital. “Caritas Czech Republic helped me secure a scholarship and today I am a doctor," Sigiro continues happily. We support refugees like her to stand on their own two feet. Because often all it takes is a little support at the beginning for refugees to take their lives into their own hands Read the stories of the people we support.

6 ways Caritas Czech Republic helps people who had to flee their homes
June 7, 2022 News

6 ways Caritas Czech Republic helps people who had to flee their homes

The number of people who were forced to leave their homes has doubled in the last 10 years to 82.4 million refugees today. The most common reasons why people involuntarily leave their home country or region are protracted wars, political persecution and, more recently, problems related to climate change. Our assistance in 6 countries focuses not only on providing the basic necessities to live but also on sustainable solutions that give refugees a chance for a better future. 

Pumulo now owns a grocery business thanks to Caritas Czech Republic
May 27, 2022 CCR-Zambia

Pumulo now owns a grocery business thanks to Caritas Czech Republic

For many women in the rural part of Western Province of Zambia who are facing economic challenges, opening a business that requires huge capital is a far-fetched dream. Thanks to Caritas Czech Republic for introducing the “Savings for Change”, Pumulo Akombelwa now owns a grocery business and is able to pay school fees for her children.

Bees - an unexpected tool in the fight against poverty
May 20, 2022 News

Bees - an unexpected tool in the fight against poverty

Since 2018, on 20th May we celebrate World Bee Day. The importance of bees for the ecosystem and the food industry has long been known. But these insects are also a source of work and livelihoods in developing regions. One example is the Mantapala refugee camp in Zambia, where dozens of refugees have started to make a living from beekeeping thanks to Caritas Czech Republic.