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 (NLT), 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.
The new bus terminal close to the NLT church is now in operation. It has the new fresh food (and fish) market and places for passengers to eat. The road to Lusaka still under construction; it is 120km and non-payment of contractors after a dispute resulted in substantial delays. A new road south towards Kalomo through the Kafue National Park is currently under construction. This could really improve access to the area and also open it up more for tourism.
Fishing is a major source of income in Itezhi-tezhi. However, with the recent outbreak of cholera in Zambia, fishing was banned until May 2018 to prevent the spread of cholera by fish moving from the sources into the cities. This really damaged people’s livelihood.
Detailed Implementation Plan
Even before construction on the training centre began in 2013, it has carried the hope of being a multi-purpose space which can be utilized by the community for the training of vocational and church leadership skills. It is now at a point where the centre can be promoted for use by the community. The foundation of the kitchen has been dug and we are waiting for funds for construction. The electrification of the rooms is done and they are waiting for the work to be completed and connected by the national electricity company Zesco. Unfortunately, Zesco is experiencing shortages on the materials (cabling), and although we paid the reduced price, the connection can only happen once the cabling is sourced from overseas. The roofs of the two temporary kitchens are being re-thatched.
For the training centre to operate at a minimum level we need to appoint an administrator and a part-time bookkeeper/secretary. This year we managed to add a cook and a cleaner to the existing 2 caretakers. There are now 4 staff paid by Impact Zambia – Mbangu, Oscar, Loveness, and Alice. We are very thankful for them.
Within the completed parts of the training centre, Impact Zambia continues to run the Share Your Knowledge program. Through this program, local women can learn a variety of sewing, quiltingm and business skills in order to make a living and in turn provide for their families.
The Revolving Fund is also continuing to enable local pastors to utilize small loans in order to begin their own businesses. This initiative allows those who previously would not have been able to create their own businesses to do so.
Stories of Transformation
Annie and Voster Mukumbi are the pastors for Kanzwa, a village about 3.5 km from the training centre and next to a school. Annie received sewing training and in turn, trained two more people and they now have a thriving business serving the local community and school. Voster received K3,000 from the revolving fund and they used it to grow their business. Since they received the support, we can see every year how their shop and circumstances improved. They moved from a small shop, to a medium shop, and now opened up another shop next to it. They sell about K700/day and profit approx K1,000 per month. Having this opportunity has helped them to become self sufficient.
Sheila Sinkamba (Daniel and Florence’s niece) recently started working for Itezhi-Thezi Widows and Widowers association (IWAWA). IWAWA now has 26 support groups in Itezhi-tezhi district for people with HIV and those who are affected. They have provided us with some palliative care training. During the Impact Team in March we went to the IWAWA office and suggested a tour of the training centre so that they can host their training at the training centre when they do have funding available. Although they have a well-equipped room for workshops and meetings, they have to find accommodation in town for all the attendees coming from outlying places.