Fighting Poverty in Zambia (FPZ) was established in 2009 with the aim of assisting rural communities in Zambia.
We are a Charitable Trust and are UK Registered Charity No 1136225 and registered in Zambia as LCO96556
We have already been instrumental in developing a water project in the Eastern province of Zambia at Mkolama Village. Please see the Projects section for details of this.
We aim to achieve this by ensuring that all projects undertaken by FPZ will be rural community focused, in which we will enable the members of those communities to be active participants in the decision making process thereby ensuring that the projects are not carried out in isolation.
About Zambia and its People
Zambia is located north of Zimbabwe on the central African plateau and has a land mass over three times that of Great Britain, but a population less than a fifth of that of the UK. Since independence from Britain in 1964 the population has grown three fold, but adult life expectancy has declined to 37 years due to the ravages of HIV/Aids, which now infects approximately 25% of the population leaving many orphans. There is a strong tradition of mutual support in Zambian communities born from the ageless way of village life and these children are nearly always taken in by family members or neighbours. Occasionally older children parent younger siblings.
Zambia is a country of many cultures and traditions, where 72 known languages are spoken, but thanks to a stable system of government under the multi party system which replaced the one party state in 1991 and despite being bordered by eight nations, some of which have suffered much turmoil in recent decades, her people have worked hard and with success to avoid strife and to ensure stability. Despite this, most people live on less than 1$ a day and many live in a society without money, facing a future with neither education nor opportunity.
For many years the main source of revenue has been from the sale of copper but this is subject to the huge fluctuations in world prices. The main industrial area is around the ‘copper belt’ towns of Ndola and Kitwe some 200 miles north of the capital, Lusaka. Tourism is an important part of the economy. with visitors from around the world being attracted to the many excellent game parks and the impressive Victoria Falls at Livingstone.
Most of Zambia’s land locked country stands over 5,000ft above sea level and is covered by bush and forest, with extensive swamp lands, and flood plains adjoining the great Zambezi river from which the country’s name derives. The soil is rich, offering great potential for self help and agricultural expansion and natural water sources abound. There are three seasons: hot and dry, hot and wet, and cool and dry so a wide variety of crops can be grown, including maize, the Zambian staple, and rice, wheat, sugarcane and groundnuts. Citrus fruits, bananas, pineapples, tobacco and cotton also are part of the agricultural economy. There are commercial farms which have prospered with the decline in agriculture in neighbouring Zimbabwe, but much of the growing is done by village women with the aim of feeding the family for the year and, hopefully, selling any surplus for much-needed cash. Resources are needed to improve irrigation and to provide training for diversification.
In recent years climate change is seen to be altering the pattern of the rains with fierce storms occurring in some places causing floods while other places may be left drought-stricken. This causes great hardship, even starvation, to the individual families involved.
Maintaining and improving an infrastructure across the country is a principle task of government, but the roads are poor and only the main arteries are tarred. Life in rural areas is often very difficult and there is a lack of basic provisions for many. Healthcare is often limited to the most basic of facilities. With AIDs destroying education and family units, many villages have simply vanished. Generations are wiped out
With education and help with agriculture, the traditional communities can be protected and preserved, reducing the current migration to the slums of the big cities.
The open faced friendliness of the people sums up Zambia’s national character and visitors are assured of a warm welcome. Despite the difficulties faced by those rural communities, the people remain undaunted.
It is these communities that FPZ sets out to help - see how you can help:
Fighting Poverty in Zambia - Registered Charity No 1136225