Centre of Excellence: Women Scaling Up Nutrition through Solar powered Water

Centre of Excellence; women scaling up nutrition through solar-powered water in Shibuyunji is a project that provides water for drinking, agriculture irrigation, livestock and aquaculture will lead to food security, increased income and better livelihoods. This Centre will act as a solution that can be scaled up to other places in Zambia and Africa.

Shibuyunji district in Centre Province of Zambia and 50 Kilometers away from the capital city Lusaka of Zambia. It has a population of 127, 604. Shibuyunji is in agro-ecological region II-b of Zambia which is one of the places worst hit with climate change, drought and in need for water both for drinking and productive us. The Centre of Excellence: Women Scaling up Nutrition through Solar will be set in the middle of four (4) villages in Shibuyunji namely Shamilimo, Shambule, Shamakamba and Mwenshakembe. So far 60 women allocated with 50mx50m portion of land and water running into their fields, are benefiting from the first phase of the project focusing on irrigation and vegetable growing and business. Success stories have been recorded within 6 months of the project with at least 10 women having a minimum of $100 per month are support their families. This model of development shows that with an investment of just $100 per women or household can create sustainable income for women through solar-powered water systems for productive use. If the targeted 60 women start can have a total of $6,000 per month the four villages of shibuyunji will create a strong rural economy that will lift the villages from poverty to better livelihoods, health and wealth. Help achieve this goal by completing the Centre of Excellence with your donation.

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Hunger and Water Crisis: Dambilo-Batoka Livelihoods Project

Dambilo Community is experiencing severe drought and river-courses and wells dry-out. The community is in the Southern Province of Zambia and is surrounded by 12 villages. The hilly community is home to more than 4,000 people and the closest clean point for potable water is more than 8 kilometres. Currently, the impact of climate change this is having on available water for irrigation, livestock and human consumption is now hugely significant with shortages of potable water for human consumption and for livestock and crops which are now dying at a fast rate. The region is rapidly reverting to an extreme desert-like environment and the impact of this disaster will grow as time passes and manifest itself in increased poverty, hence malnutrition, poor sanitation and consequential serious health issues. Women in Dambilo have shown to be particularly vulnerable to situations including child marriage and teen pregnancy.

The project will achieve its aim by i) providing and installing a Solar-powered irrigation system (SPIS) capable of improving agricultural productivity and resilience to climatic stress among women in Dambilo, ii) training and involving women of the community in agriculture and business, nutrition, community development and SPIS system maintenance, and iii) demonstrating tangible investment in SPIS with clear economic and social benefits through crop markets, monitoring and evaluation.

The solar-powered water system proposed will have three basic minimum lines; (a) for clean drinking water benefiting up 2,500 people, b) for increased agricultural productivity and generating income through the irrigation of numerous crops throughout the year benefiting 60 women peasant farmers or households (on a managed and apportioned communal land) and, c) for supplying animal troughs benefiting up to 1,500 animals. The systems will be mainstreamed with forestation by planting at least 10,000 trees annually within the community. This proposed project comes from a model used by Africa Access Water which promotes rural economies and has assessed immediate impact in improving the livelihoods of women and their communities.

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Emergency Relief:
Water: Preventing COVID 19 spreading to Shibuyunji Villages/ Protecting Women Food Project

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Four villages with a population of 2,500 people of Shibuyunji in Zambia are already suffering from hunger and clean drinking water is still a challenge. With the rising number of COVID cases for Zambia, these villages are at risk of COVID pushing them further into poverty and starvation.

Africa Access Water set a Centre of Excellence for Women scaling up nutrition using solar-powered water. The project is helping women and community with water for productive use. 60 women from four villages already producing vegetable and are having an income, however, the centre is under threat and becoming a contact point for many people including those drawing water for drinking and other usages. We urgently need to protect the gains at the project through decongesting contact by providing 12 water tanks to the four villages and distribute water using a bowser from our source at the centre to the villages. Furthermore, we will educate the communities about COVID 19 and provide the need materials on how to prevent it from spread through hygiene, washing hands with soap and sanitizers. We can't stop now to improve the livelihoods of people especially women and children. The threat is so severe. Your donation will help the people the women and the people of shibuyunji!.

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