The World Day of Prayer motto - “Informed Prayer. Prayerful Action” - is the driving force behind the Zambia WDP Committee’s commitment to fostering the empowerment of women and the promotion of gender equality. We have been called to get involved in the livelihoods of the underprivileged. It is our hope to see a prayerful nation and to see justice prevail for the victims of sexual or gender-based violence.
Our committee has invested time in strengthening our existing relationships as well as fostering new partnerships with likeminded organizations. Our collaboration with Non-governmental Gender Organizations’ Coordinating Council, an umbrella organization championing for women’s empowerment, led to grants under the Basket Fund supported by the European Union and Embassy of Sweden. The grants were applied to support over 200 women in the Chikankata, Mongu, Solwezi and Kasama districts from 2017 to 2020. All of the projects aimed to contribute to the improvement of the livelihoods of women and youth, increase household incomes, improve literacy skills and train in business management.
This first projects started in the Chikankata and Mongu districts. In Chikankata, land was donated by the Salvation Army Church and a hammer mill was built to lessen the long distances women would have to cover to have their grain (maize and cassava) milled. In Mongu, land was donated by the United Church of Zambia Western Presbytery where a rice huller machine was built. This provides the women with an opportunity for the women to generate an income from shelling rice for different communities. There is still work to be done as the mills need to be connected to the National Grid, however, efforts are being made to ensure the full realization of this project's benefits.
In Solwezi, women were engaged in a poultry project that was launched in April 2019. The women were trained in chicken rearing and were given 1,000 chicks in two phases. This project promoted and trained women in business management, entrepreneurship, village banking and record keeping. In May 2019, a diesel hammer mill was installed in the Kasama district.
There is a need to train more women and youth in pastoral matters so that they can contribute to furthering the gospel of Christ. All these crucial matters can be managed if the resources are available, hence there is a need to increase resources mobilisation to enable the organisations to acquire land to build a multipurpose complex as well as undertaking awareness campaigns on the cross-cutting issues such as child marriage, gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS.
WDP Zambia remains committed to its cause in helping the women of our nation. In all things God is able to intervene when called upon as the Bible indicates. A person who builds without the Lord, builds in vain, therefore it is imperative that God should be our foundation and a pillar in all the things we do.
- WDP Zambia Committee