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Stories from the Field: Agricultural Training in the Western Cluster, Zambia

Posted on 16 September 2019
Participants digging the fish pond in Luampa, Zambia
Participants digging the fish pond in Luampa, Zambia

The Youth Empowerment Centre was established in late 2017 in Luampa, Western Zambia. This centre provides an opportunity for young men and women to acquire skills in crop, livestock and fish production.

So far, this project has trained 113 youths. Of those trained, 78 improved their skills in agricultural crop, poultry and fish production and 25 of them were supplied with agricultural inputs. This group was able to grow food to help feed their families. Additionally, the centre offers workshops in reproductive health and nutrition for the participants. This centre has provided a much needed outlet for the youth in the community. Instead of spending time engaging in risky behaviour, including loitering, drug and alcohol abuse, the youth have had the opportunity to take up a productive activity to improve their livelihoods..

Amos is one of the volunteers involved in the project team in Luampa. He has eight children, seven girls and one boy, and his family have in the past found it a challenge to meet the basic needs of their household of ten. His wife was one of the beneficiaries of this project, and she chose to be trained in poultry farming with a group of four others. When interviewed by the project team, Amos said, “My wife has earned enough money from the sale of chickens to plant two acres of groundnuts and one acre of monkey nuts. We were also able to meet labour costs for the preparation of land. From the same money we earned from the sale of chickens, we managed to pay school fees for our grade 9 school going daughter.”

This project is part of the larger Journeying Together programme located in the Western Province of Zambia, an area with immense social problems, where three out of every four people live in extreme poverty. We thank Misean Cara and our private donors for their support of the Journeying Together programme in Zambia.

Br. Conrad Cerejo, Br. Chris Meehl, and two community volunteers working closely with the Luampa team, Zambia
Br. Conrad Cerejo, Br. Chris Meehl, and two community volunteers working closely with the Luampa team, Zambia