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Celim (photos)

July 12th, 2010

Another project I photographed while being in Zambia was a farmer’s training in Mazabuka, Southern Province, arranged by CeLIM.
The NGO is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has been based in Zambia since 1982. The main areas of their intervention are: Agriculture; Health; HIV/AIDS; Education; Micro finance; Vocational training; Forestry and Food security. The office in Mazabuka is primarily working on a food facility project aiming the improvement of food security, income generation and socio-economic conditions of small scale farmers through the development of a sustainable and efficient agricultural sector. The project is co-founded by the European Union.
Here are some photo samples from the a conservation farming training in a few village close to Mazabuka:

Photo samples RBZ

May 12th, 2010

While working for READ BEYOND ZAMBIA (RBZ), I was fortunate to also get to join a reading session. Here are some photo samples.

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Read Beyond Zambia (RBZ)

May 12th, 2010
BUKU reading club flyer

BUKU reading club flyer.
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Buku reading club brochure

Sample page from BUKU brochure.
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While in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, I helped the local NGO READ BEYOND ZAMBIA to improve their visuality and marketing, hopefully helping them aquiring funding and better financial support. The NGO works with literacy projects in areas where children don’t have regular access to books and reading.

The daily life of most of the families is mostly about earning enough to make their living, and often the children have to help, so they don’t regulary go to school. The BUKU Club organises reading sessions at a communal school in Kalingalinga, Lusaka, every Friday. Communal schools try to give children a possibility to go to school without paying any school fees. Unfortunately, they rarely get any financial support, and most of the teachers are from the community and work for free. The financial struggle makes it almost impossible for them to provide books or other school material for the children.

A visit to one of their reading sessions, made me very happy and surprised. Never before, I’ve seen children getting so happy by reading a book, even though it’s a big challenge for most of them as they often didn’t learn to read in their early childhood.

I like the idea of the BUKU Club. It’s a local project which tries to get support from the local middle class. The idea is that members of the club can choose to support the projects with a monthly subscription of giving a very little amount (approx. worth a package of minced meat).