The Zambia Project
- Reports about Nalubanda North borehole - a 12 year old dream come true (posted August 18, 2012)
- 2009 Reports about our work in Zambia (posted February 16, 2010)
- Review of the LifeNets POTG (Pass on the Gift) Program for cattle. How it works. (posted February 16, 2010)
- United News October 2009 article about LifeNets work in Zambia (posted November 22, 2009)
- YouTube: Why we need maize shellers in Zambia (posted August 31, 2009)
- Joy of Loving in Deed presentation by Beverly Kubik for Women's Weekend in Phoenix, Arizona March 15, 2009
- February 2009 Australia United News Speaks About Its Work in Zambia (posted February 18, 2009)
- 2008 Cattle, Agriculture, Medicine, Water Well and Scholarship Report from Kambani Banda (posted February 11, 2009)
- 2007 Cattle, Agriculture, Medicine, Water Well and Scholarship Report from Kambani Banda (posted December 11, 2008)
- United News Australia 2007 July-September speaks about LifeNets (posted September 16, 2007)
- Thank you note from Armstrong Maninga from Mumbwa (posted August 15, 2007)
- 2006 Cattle, Agriculture, Medicine, Water Well and Scholarship Report from Kambani Banda (posted July 31, 2007)
- Woman in Mapoko receives wheelchair and crutches (posted February 10, 2007)
- 2005 Cattle, Agriculture, Medicine, Water Well and Scholarship Report from Kambani Banda (posted July 24, 2006)
- 2004 Cattle and Agriculture Report from Kambani Banda (posted September 19, 2005)
- 2003 LifeNets Zambia Calf Report (posted October 2, 2003)
- THANKS to our LifeNets family who helped purchase of Nissan to deliver humanitarian aid (posted April 27, 2003)
- Australia supports LifeNets efforts in Zambia (posted April 9, 2003)
- Gibbson Simalyatta's death - September 2002 and remembrances of a special man (posted March 20, 2003)
- Our Zambian children (posted June 2002)
- Zambia in Drought and Famine Danger -- appeal to buy vehicle to visit remote Mumbwa (posted June 1, 2002)
- 24 heifers and two bulls supplied to two settlements in the Mumbwa region in December 2001 (posted April 21, 2002)
- September 10, 2001 update
- July 12, 2001 update
- May 25, 2001 update about the project to restock cattle
- November 11, 2000 update with photos of new bicycles in the settlement of Nalubanda
- The formation of LifeNets Zambia by Kambani Banda -- August 1, 2001 report
- Van Belkum and Kubik visit four African countries June 28-July 11, 2000 -- which has led to all the stories above!
November 8, 2000
LifeNets has initiated a self-help help assistance projects in Zambia. From June 30 to July 3, 2000 I visited Zambia with Andre van Belkum to help assess the needs and our ability to help. Some of you have heard about our needs and have generously helped us in being able people in these needy areas.
When we visited the Mumbwa area one family was able
to rent a team of oxen that they were using for plowing.
This is the type of cattle we want to provide for this area.
The communities of Mumbwa area about 100 miles west of the capital city of Lusaka. Most of the people are farmers living in the settlements of Nangoma and Nalubanda near the Kafue National Park.This is a farming area. The majority have grown up there, and have inherited the land from their parents. Their crops consist of maize, cotton and small amounts of vegetables and groundnuts. They do not use fertilizer, and plow their lands using the ancient method of hand-held ploughs attached to oxen. The crops are picked by hand as their are few implements such as tractors. They rely totally on the rain even thought the Kafue river is quite close to where most stay. Crops are taken by ox-cart to middlemen, who in turn take the produce to Lusaka where it is sold, often for double the price they purchased it from the farmers.
There is plenty of open space for cattle farming. Apart from a few leopards, there are no predators left. Unfortunately a few years back corridor disease (the disease is carried by the wild African buffalo who transmit it to the domestic herds). It can be stopped, but there is very little veterinary support from the government. At the moment the area is clear, and the herds are slowly building up again. As you know the African is very proud of his cattle, and knows each one by name.
The people from settlements of Nalubanda and Nangoma have lost ALL their cattle. This is a major loss since they use their cattle for draft power. dairy products and transportation. Twelve families have fallen to complete subsistence farming where the family plow is pulled by the wife and children. We want to turn this situation around.
We want to help restore cattle to these people. We are working with Heifer Project International which has an office in Lusaka to help us. Part of the restoration project includes an education and veterinary education process to help this tragedy from repeating itself.
We would like to help twelve families improve their transportation by providing bicycles. Sturdy bicycles cost $100 apiece. As of today (November 8, 2000) four bicycles and one ox-cart have been purchased. Over $1200 for cattle has been collected. Also, we are starting a micro-loan program that will enable people to borrow money for seed and expenses to be repaid at harvest time.
We have also helped one family whose home burned down two days before we arrived in Nalubanda.
You can see more information about our African Trip by clicking on these links
- Our June/July 2000 Mission to Africa
- Photos of Day in Nalubanda, Mumbwa
- Diary in Zambia
- Diary of Mumbwa visit
- Lusaka Photos
- Photos of challenging drive out to Mumbwa Area
Other links of interest
Audio messages by Kubik and van Belkum about this area
Article by Andre van Belkum about his visit to this area
YOU CAN HELP our helping these people in this new ongoing ZAMBIAN PROJECT. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to
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