Impact Zambia was established in 2012 with a vision of working in partnership with indigenous leaders to help some of the poorest communities in rural areas of southwestern Zambia. Its primary ministries are operated through New Life Tabernacle (founded in 1994 and headquartered in Itezhi-Tezhi, Zambia) and its 20+ branch churches.
Impact Zambia’s first project was to build a facility that doubled up as an office and school on the site of the Itezhi-tezhi church, and to build new church buildings in Mumbwa and Namwala. Through partnerships with Canadian and South African churches, the Share Your Knowledge program, Rotary International, and International Teams Canada, they have since expanded their programs to include community development initiatives designed to break the cycle of poverty through education and vocational training.
New Life Tabernacle Church is very ingrained in the community of Itezhi-Tezhi. Pastor Daniel Mayapi has strong connections with many different NGOs, government officials, and businesses in the area. These connections, along with a widely-listened-to radio show run by New Life Tabernacle, have worked to solidify the church’s prevalence in the region. Virtually everyone in Itezhi-Tezhi and the surrounding areas know of Daniel and Florence Mayapi and the good work that they are doing.
There is mounting political tension in the country as the opposition party believes that the vote for the new government was not fair, and possibly rigged. Although there is much talk on a higher level, at this point it does not really affect rural life. The Training Centre is in the Massasabi area and relationships with the local headman, school, and clinic have been nurtured to ensure future cooperation.
Detailed Implementation Plan
Much of the focus for Impact Zambia between January and June 2017 was on the construction of the Training Centre. An extra toilet and shower block has been added, the plastering and tiling completed, and a septic sewer system was built for the toilet and shower block. The borehole that was installed on Christmas Eve in 2016 was finally commissioned after a committee was trained on borehole maintenance. The borehole now provides clean drinking water to the training centre and the nearby households.
In anticipation of the Impact Team’s arrival in July, painting supplies were purchased as soon as the funds were raised for it. Wood for the furniture and the anticipated carpentry training course was ordered once the fundraising amount was reached with the hope that the Impact Team would be able to assist with this.
The Revolving Fund continued to support pastors to start up businesses and make good investments for their families. Training sessions were held at the centre on how to run a successful business.
In the next six months, our focus will be on the following initiatives:
- Program Leaders in Zambia will be working on improving the administration of the training centre and planning out how to best register and manage the training centre over the long-term
- The Revolving Fund will be evaluated and planning will be done to make sure it is sustainable and beneficial for every participant
Impact Zambia has been actively seeking out grants from local Rotary associations to cover the following upcoming activities: 1. carpentry tool boxes and 2. equipment for the training centre. This will bring result in significant improvements to the training centre including electricity, mattresses for 30 people, and a second water tank!
Stories of Transformation
Gertrude Habenzu received sewing training fusing a borrowed machine. She gained a lot of experience, and started sewing her own clothes and making clothes for others. This has enabled her to earn a living in the past six months. She enjoyed the training so much that she joined the the quilting class in 2017 too!
Davy is one of the recipients of the Revolving Fund who has experienced growth and success in the work he does. His business has improved since receiving the loan and he has managed to purchase two vehicles for his shop, which allows him to transport people to nearby Namwala but also allows him to conduct business in Lusaka! He is able to better stock his shop because he earns more money and has more access to goods than before. Davy and his family have been blessed through the loan they have received and paid back!
IWAWA (Itezhi-tezhi Widows and Widowers Association) cares for children with AIDS and others with high needs. They fully participated in the community workshop held in 2016. We expect that this relationship between Impact Zambia and IWAWA will continue.
Preparations for the Impact Team’s visit required a lot of planning in Zambia. The training was combined with the bi-annual leadership school for church so that they could also benefit from the Impact Team’s visit. Impact Teams have regularly visited an orphanage called Mission of Love. This orphanage works with very vulnerable children and likes to welcome the Impact Teams for a visit. Impact Zambia and Mission of Love have made a mutually beneficial arrangement where Impact Teams can rent a 4×4 vehicle from this orphanage for a reduced rate. This is a huge blessing as the rental rates for 4x4s in Zambia are very high.
The Georgetown Rotary Club now also supports the Impact Zambia program and in particular the development of the training centre through provision of an equipment grant. Tyndale University College has approved that the Impact Zambia Impact Team can be promoted to students; two mature students joined the July team.
Between January and June of 2017 the Partnership Community was busy fundraising and preparing for an Impact Team leaving in July. Some of the fundraising initiatives were:
- Video presentation titled “One Last Push” was sent out to different churches and supporters
- Blyth CRC held a fundraising dinner and had a presentation on Impact Zambia
- Information on Impact Zambia was shared with a Bible study group
- Trinity CRC continued to collect donations and support Impact Zambia
- And we were able to participate and fundraise at the Maker’s Market and the International Festival in Goderich!
Within the next six months, there will be an Impact Team with 9 participants working with Impact Zambia and the training centre in Itezhi-tezhi to assist with the following:
- Supporting those who work with disabled people
- Various sessions with the local community on palliative care and narrative therapy
- Painting the training centre
- Possible carpentry training courses
- Quilting course for 10 women
- Sewing alterations and business course for 3 women
|Total Income January-June 2017||$18,213|
|Total Expenses January-June 2017||$16,423|
|Overall 2017 Budget||$35,907|
Please note: iTeams Canada Board only uses funds already received. Where expenses exceed income, funds were carried over from the previous year.