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

Mushaukwa from Zambia now has his own cassava processing plant thanks to Caritas Czech Republic
April 14, 2022 News

Mushaukwa from Zambia now has his own cassava processing plant thanks to Caritas Czech Republic

Mushaukwa Bravo Kabombo is a farmer from Zambia's Western Province who has been growing cassava for many years. But for a long time he struggled with preserving it because he could not afford to buy the necessary equipment. He also wished to grow cassava on a larger scale and make it his a full-time job. Caritas Czech Republic helped Mushaukwa acquire the necessary equipment and supported his efforts to set up his own small business.

Irumva can now better manage her finances thanks to DAFI and Caritas
March 17, 2022 CCR-Zambia

Irumva can now better manage her finances thanks to DAFI and Caritas

Growing up as a refugee girl, for Irumva Emma Triphine, luck was something she was never familiar with. She never thought she would have to acquire skills in financial management due to lack of money, let alone think of getting into university. Thanks to the DAFI Scholarship Programme being implemented by Caritas Czech Republic that covers both tuition and living allowances for refugee students, Irumva was able to get into university and afford to cover her basic needs.

Meet the women of Caritas Czech Republic
March 7, 2022 News

Meet the women of Caritas Czech Republic

They live in different countries, sometimes ten thousand kilometres apart. Yet they have many things in common. Women who work at the Caritas Czech Republic and women who have received support from Caritas to get back on their feet. Who are the women of the Caritas Czech Republic and what do they wish for International Women's Day?

How Miyombo bought his first cows thanks to Caritas Czech Republic's ‘Saving for Change’ programme
February 11, 2022 CCR-Zambia

How Miyombo bought his first cows thanks to Caritas Czech Republic's ‘Saving for Change’ programme

It is estimated that 82.5% of smallholder farmers in Zambia own at least one type of livestock. But despite this large percentage, it is still not easy for local people living in the rural parts of the country to own livestock because they cannot afford it. Thanks to Caritas Czech Republic in Zambia and the World Food Programme for introducing the savings group initiative, Miyombo Miyombo is now a proud owner of two cows.