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

Isa: Story about courage and resilience
October 18, 2021 News

Isa: Story about courage and resilience

Isa did not have an easy life. At a very young age, rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo murdered half of his family and out of fear, he had to flee to Zambia. However, when he met Madame Shakira and Caritas Czech Republic, his life turned around and doors of new opportunities unlocked for him.

Caritas Czech Republic and Big Terra launch mobile app to help Zambian farmers resist climate change
October 11, 2021 News

Caritas Czech Republic and Big Terra launch mobile app to help Zambian farmers resist climate change

Caritas Czech Republic and Big Terra have introduced a new and simple mobile app to help Zambian farmers better resist climate change through the timely provision of data concerning the weather and their crops.

We want to spread a positive message through music, says a refugee music band in Zambia
September 20, 2021 News

We want to spread a positive message through music, says a refugee music band in Zambia

Caritas Czech Republic in Zambia helps refugees who have fled here mainly from neighboring countries due to violent conflicts. In Zambia, they often live in one of the large refugee settlements of Mayukwayukwa, Meheba and Mantapala, as well as in Lusaka. And it is in Lusaka where we have focused on supporting young refugees and opened youth friendly corners to offer the youth a place to spend time in a meaningful way. A music group called Strong Youths was formed in one of these centers.

In Zambia, we involve local farmers to help their own communities
September 13, 2021 News

In Zambia, we involve local farmers to help their own communities

Alex Mape lives in the Mantapala area, in the village of Semawe, which lies next to a large refugee settlement. He has a wife and three children and thanks to Caritas Czech Republic, his life was significantly improved, according to his words.