Linda Farm, Livingstone

By | Empowering Communities
Linda Farm serves as a community for some of the most vulnerable families within Livingstone, many of the 300 members of the community live with a disability.
Linda Farm was set up to empower and rehabilitate those with disabilities. The farm uses agriculture to teach skills to those who would otherwise struggle to survive by providing them with the skills to generate their own income. The intention is that they will generate enough income to support themselves as individuals and to invest in developing and improving the community of the farm further. However, small scale agriculture doesn’t generate sufficient revenue we therefore need to create other opportunities to generate income to develop the community in a sustainable manner.

The community of Linda Farm have their own vision on how they want to develop over the next 4 years. They have come up with ideas to help them generate enough income to make structural improvements and life enrichment for all the residents. But this cannot be done withouta measurable amount of support to help them achieve this for themselves.

Before we can invest in income generation, it’s important to assist the community in preventing and reducing health issues. Many of these are through the lack of sanitation facilities within the community. The sanitation at the farm includes 3 pit-latrines, 1 of which is full with the other 2 currently about to reach capacity.

There are several residents and employees with visual impairment and some who are physically disabled, relying on crutches or chairs for mobility. The toilets offer no disabled access, leaving those most vulnerable, completely dependent on others for access to these facilities. The caregivers tend to be children from the farm, meaning they lose out on education. The alternative for them is to defecate in public or out in the bush. The toilets and shower block do not have doors, offering the residents no privacy or dignity, and leaving the children and most vulnerable exposed and at a higher risk of abuse. These poor conditions continue to contribute to impaired health, especially in the most vulnerable.

Alongside the development of better hygiene and health we want to start some income generation projects, a piggery to breed pigs and sell them locally and skills and equipment to start a welding workshop. This will give the community a great head start in creating their own income to further develop their community.

The key objective is to support Linda Farm in their efforts to improve and develop their community through vision – better health and improving income generation opportunities.

The desired outcomes are:
• An improvement in the sanitation and hygiene facilities for better health and better quality of life, including improved privacy and dignity.
• An increase in income generation opportunities for the residents of the farm to empower them to achieve their own vision for the development and improvement of the community.
• The empowerment of the physically disabled by promoting independence through the improvements and allowing them free access to facilities.
• Global Goals: #1 No Poverty, #3 Good Health and Wellbeing #5 Gender Equality #6 Clean Water and Sanitation, #7 Affordable and Clean Energy #10 Reduced Inequalities #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, #12 Climate Action

The goal is to have all phases completed in 18 months, although this is flexible as the project is fluid and other phases may be added as opportunities present themselves.

Start Phase 1 – Build 5 ablution blocks (2 toilets and 2 showers in each)

Start Phase 2 – Build a Piggery

Start Phase 3 – Install Biogas systems

Start Phase 4 – Renovate the old office into a welding workshop

Start Phase 5 – Expand and improve the piggery

Ongoing – Grow and develop the Partnership between Linda Farm and the Girl Impact project

With our partnership with African Impact, volunteers will assist with the building of the ablution block, welding workshop, and piggery along with working on the Girl Impact food garden project. Build It Project volunteers will be particularly involved. We will agree contracts with local tradesmen and organisations to help with aspects of the projects – builder, plumber, pig specialist, Pure Skills for welding and a specialist for the biogas installation.

We can measure how many people have access to the toilets and showers in total and how many get access independently. We can track the income generated and the number of individuals empowered to contribute towards generating the income. The residents can provide feedback on the improved quality of life.

Linda Farm is a community for people living with disabilities. The land was donated by the government in the 1960s and supports around 13 families, plus hundreds of people that don’t live on the farm.

The first two toilet blocks have been built and the piggery has started. A specialist has advised on the right preparations and work will be underway soon.

We are in the fundraising process for the next set of ablution blocks. 

Sponsor a Child, Zambia

By | Education & Enrichment
Our Sponsor a Child Program in Zambia works with underprivileged children by sponsoring their education and providing support. 
Zambia is an exceedingly poor country with 78% of the population living below the extreme poverty line on less than a dollar a day. To address the difficulties parents obviously had in educating their children, shown by declining enrollment rates in the 1990’s, the government introduced the free basic education policy. This was to enable children access to free primary education up to grade 7. However, although there was more access for children to attend grades 1-7, the government did not allocate enough money to support the sector. This has caused many children who are in school to receive an ineffective education in buildings that quite often are inadequate. This has led the schools to require parents to make a contribution every year, thus removing the benefits of the free education.

In addition, there are not enough places in government schools for all the children in the country. Community schools have been formed by volunteers to teach the children who cannot get access to a government school because of lack of spaces, lack of finances, or because there is not one close enough to home. These do not get any funding from the government or have government-trained teachers. Often the teachers are barely educated themselves and managing a class of up to 100 children with no resources. Community school teachers are unpaid and so commitment is often an issue and classes can be left without a teacher on a regular basis.

Currently more than a quarter of a million children are not enrolled in school. 47% do not finish primary school. 65% of the children who do complete primary do not enter secondary school.

Without education children will not have the tools to thrive at future jobs and the cycle of poverty will continue through the generations. But there is more to it than that. Consider what the child must do to survive. Many have to go and work to contribute to their household income, or they must look after sick relatives or young children. 40.6% of Zambian children are forced into labour.

Girls are sold to much older men for marriage to help their families afford to feed themselves. Some are sold for men’s entertainment. 1,198,500 Zambian girls have been forced into early marriage over the last 2 years. Children who do not attend school miss out on so much more than learning their ABC’s and 123’s. They miss out on the opportunity to grow and develop in a safe space, to expand their mind so that they know they have a choice in life to have better, to be better. They do not get empowered. Without empowered individuals how can a community, even a whole nation, become empowered to affect positive change?

We provide vulnerable children, identified and assessed by our local community partners, with the opportunity to go to school by facilitating donations from sponsors.

The sponsorship money pays school fees for a year, a set of uniform and shoes, a bag, stationary, exercise books, and necessary text books. Throughout the year they can ask for additional funds for school trips, extra text books, etc.
In addition, 29.5% of the sponsorship fee goes directly to the school’s fund to improve the quality of education for the sponsored children and the hundreds of other children who also attend the school.

We have a Sponsor a Child specialist who is on the ground in Livingstone who can offer all sponsored children support as and when needed and to manage the monies and purchases.

How much does it cost?
Primary School (grades 1 – 7) ≈ $290 / £175 / €240
Basic School (grades 8 – 9) ≈ $390/ £260/ €320
Secondary School (grades 10 – 12) ≈ $420/ £280/ €345

Schools across Livingstone vary in their school fees, usually reflecting the quality of the school. As you would expect the community schools cost far less annually than a government school. However, we have found that these children often need more additional support due to the lack of resources in the school. Therefore the money balances. In addition to this, it is important that we do not disadvantage a child looking for sponsorship by making their fees higher than the other children if they attend a more expensive school.

17.5% of the fees goes to administration costs. This ensures that there is a specialist on the ground ensuring that the children get the support they need to succeed in their education.

Short Term Impact: Enabling a child to go back to school means that they will spend their days off of the streets and under proper adult supervision. This is a much safer and healthier situation for many children who currently spend their days alone and unsupervised at home.

Long Term Impact: A formal education gives children and young adults the opportunity to develop skills that will allow them to earn a living and support themselves in the future.

The African Impact Foundation works with several different communities – known locally as compounds – throughout Livingstone, including Linda, Nakatindi and Maramba to name only a few. The total population of Livingstone is an estimated 109,203 – however, figures are difficult to accurately measure given the transient nature of the town and the location of surrounding settlements.

Linda – Linda compound, one of the most densely populated housing areas in Livingstone, is home to some 11,600 or more people. Unfortunately this area is also characterized by an alarmingly high birth rate, the population having risen from an estimated 8,000 in just three years (potentially over 3000 births).

Maramba – Maramba, located near a Zambezi River tributary called the Maramba River, was the first location sponsored by the Government from 1922 to 1927. However, like other suburbs, Maramba now contains a lot of unplanned structures. Maramba does also contain one of the only government-supported residences for the elderly in Zambia, which currently houses over 40 residents who otherwise would be left to fend for themselves due to a lack of family support.

Nakatindi – Nakatindi community established itself in 1987. Nakatindi is characterized as a community with a high percentage of retirees and a low percentage of people in stable employment. It is evident that peer pressure has led to the prevalence of drug abuse and the abundance of local beerhouses or ‘shebeens’.

In 2017 we had over 100 children sponsored.

26 children have graduated grade 12 so far
Over 150 children have been educated or are now in school
2 children with disabilities are able to attend specialist schools that best suit their needs
5 graduates have gone on to university, one of which received a scholarship to a university in India
24 schools have been positively impacted
In the past schools have purchased printers, photocopiers, and run feeding programs from the funds they got from sponsorship. Linda Community School uses their fund to sponsor their children who pass grade 7 but who cannot afford to move up to a Basic School for grade 8 without financial assistance.

Please email Sharon on for more information.