Zambia is known as the REAL Africa, it boasts some of the continent’s best wildlife and breath-taking natural attractions but it has some very impoverished and vulnerable communities as well. Zambia is ranked at 139 on the United Nations Human Development Index (a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and per capita income). The UK and USA are 16 and 10 respectively.
Zambia has been concentrating on addressing these inequalities in a sustainable way, by helping Zambians to generate an income from the resources that they have. The country benefits from a great climate, large fresh water resources, and a friendly and safe political environment. Despite these benefits a good deal of food is still imported, much of it by truck from South Africa. Along with our partners we have built a sustainable aquaponics farm, bringing together resources and expertise from the developed world so that Zambian farmers can grow enough good-quality food for the local market, create employment, and generate an income.
We’d love for you to join us on this HOPEww Agriculture Corps (HAC), living and working on the farm for 2 weeks, to bring your knowledge of developed-world best practices. You do NOT need to be a farmer to join us! Although if you are, you’d be very welcome. We would love to have people who have some experience in the following areas: marketing, to help us promote the farm produce; IT and processes, to improve our reporting; accountancy, because things are so much easier when you know where the money is going; videography; electrical and plumbing; or brick laying and construction. This is our wish list; we do also understand the huge benefit that a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers can bring to a program, so anyone without the above skills will be most welcome too.
The farm includes an Aquaponic fish and lettuce farm, using pumps to recirculate the water and grow lettuce and herbs in the same water body. This system has capacity to produce 5 tons of fish and 40,000 heads of lettuce each year. We also have poultry houses for 8,000 chickens. In the fields we grow cabbage and tomatoes, with sprinkler irrigation. The farm is powered by a 7kW solar system, and water is pumped from 2 boreholes (wells).
There’s a basic farmhouse with 3 bedrooms, a kitchen where your meals will be prepared, and a communal area where you’ll eat. We will also provide high quality lodge style safari tents for additional sleeping quarters. There will of course be toilets, and showers inside the houses. Internet is also available, and some mobile phone coverage. We will do all that we can to make your stay comfortable, but please realize though that this is not a hotel. Our chef will use charcoal braziers or open fires, and whenever possible meals will be made from farm produce, supplemented by supplies from a supermarket.
We have designed the program so that volunteers can mix with the local people. We’ll run an outreach program from the village clinic, and integrate into this an assessment of the early childhood developmental levels of the children. We would love to have a nurse, or a doctor join the program as this would make a real difference to the villagers, and also the acceptance of the farm and its relationship within the local rural community. We also plan to offer home stays with local villagers, those who wish can share a meal and spend a night within a local dwelling. This aspect of the program is OPTIONAL though.
The farm is easily accessible from Lusaka, about a 40-minute drive along a good road. During each week, and on the weekend, we will arrange trips back to town, church activities, or visits to local caves, or picnic spots. You’ll attend church on Sunday and there will be several opportunities to meet with local disciples for fellowship, food, and sharing your experiences and faith together.
In the evenings at the farm you’ll be able to sit around the camp fire, and gaze at the incredible southern stars. We’ll arrange movie nights, music, games, a karaoke evening, and a final banquet event.
So, if you are looking to grow your faith and walk with God through service, and are up for a fun time and exploration in a REAL African setting, join us in Zambia for HOPEww Agriculture Corps 2018.
After the program ends you could go on to Livingstone to visit the world-famous Victoria Falls. Here you can book a safari to see a full range of African animals, including elephant, rhino, hippo, zebra, lions and giraffe. You could white water raft on the Zambezi, ride on the back of an elephant, bungee-jump, or relax by the pool at one of the many world-class lodges and hotels. Whilst we can advise and suggest the best ways to travel and places to stay, the costs and arrangements of a visit to Victoria Falls are not included within the HAC program and must be covered by the individual.
The 2018 Lusaka HAC will help you to connect to God in completely new ways, such as worship through service, gratitude and spiritual growth that comes from empathy. Expect to have your faith in God and love for your fellow man stretched like it never has been before, while enjoying a real African setting!