News from the Zambia visit September 2012

On 6th September fourteen members of NPAC returned from their three week enquiry and support visit to projects in Zambia.

The visit had been planned for over 12 months, and follows a pattern of monitoring and evaluation established for all areas after 1993. The long run in period allows the team to budget in terms of finance and time (they all pay their own costs and take time from work). One of the recommendations is to return again in similar numbers in June 2014!

Their visit took them to some city projects (like Hidden Voices – see below), some in the agricultural town of Nyimba but mostly in the remote villages in the South Luangwa valley.

It was hard but inspiring work and without exception we were able to see what has happened to donated goods, meet the people utilising them and devise schemes and lists for further support. They resolved to start at the river basin and work back towards the town of Nyimba and Petauke – the opposite direction to the authorities’ plans for urban expansion, thereby levelling the field and making equal opportunities for the very rural communities. When the two development plans meet – the job will be done in that huge district.

Such is the enthusiasm and success that there are plans afoot to open up and replicate the process in Northern and North Western Provinces. NPAC is now a registered NGO (Charity) in Zambia and friends there are working to attract funds to the Zambia bank account to pay for the proven system to expand.

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