Action Africa Help Zambia

Action Africa Help International (AAH-I) started working in Zambia in 2001 on the invitation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), due to AAH-I's success in Uganda. AAH-I thus took on the implementation of the refugee operations in areas of health, nutrition, water and saniation in the Refugee camps in both Luapula and Northern Provinces of Zambia. The major beneficiaries of these services were the Congolese refugees and Zambian nationals residing around the camps to whom the services were extended. Action Africa Help International Zambia (AAHI-Zambia) was thus registered as a Non-governmental Charity Organisation in Zambia in January 2002. In 2012, it was legally ...

Action Africa Help Zambia
Number 44 Mpulungu Road
Olympia Park
Lusaka, Lusaka 10101
Zambia
+260 211 292089
http://www.actionafricahelp.org

Board of Directors

Florence Fares Phiri, Andyson Lungu, Patrick Musole, Enock Kalumbi, Caroline Kisia, Mutila Mulenga, Munyongo Lunga, Clara Mbwili, Jack Bering Kalipenta, Kayula Siame, Zyoli Ngandu

Mission

Action Africa Help International (AAH-I) started working in Zambia in 2001 on the invitation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), due to AAH-I's success in Uganda. AAH-I thus took on the implementation of the refugee operations in areas of health, nutrition, water and saniation in the Refugee camps in both Luapula and Northern Provinces of Zambia. The major beneficiaries of these services were the Congolese refugees and Zambian nationals residing around the camps to whom the services were extended. Action Africa Help International Zambia (AAHI-Zambia) was thus registered as a Non-governmental Charity Organisation in Zambia in January 2002. In 2012, it was legally registered into a Zambian Chapter of AAH-I as Action Africa Help Zambia (AAH-Zambia). AAH-Zambia's strategy and approach is to 'do things with people' rather than 'doing things to people', a concept that was first conceived in 1987 during the Civil war in Southern Sudan. This strategy has encouraged displaced people and refugees to solve their own challenges by growing food wherever possible, by supporting their own health and education services and by governing themselves in thier traditional style with the external agencies only providing resources and techinical assistance. AAH-Zambia's vision is 'Sustainable improved livelihoods for disadvantaged rural and urban communities in Zambia. The four pillars supporting this vision are: Community Participation; Gender Equity; Sustainability; Capacity Building and Empowerement. AAH-Zambia's mission is to support disadvantaged communities to improve their livelihoods through community empowerement approaches in partnerhsip with stake holders. To achieve this Mission, AAH Zambia carries out integrated and multi-sectoral programs that focus on the following thematic areas: Primary Health Care, Water and Sanitation and Education and Food and Income Security. HIV/AIDS, Enviromental Management, Gender Equity, and Disability are cross-cutting issues that are mainstreamed into all AAH Zambia programs.

Programs

AAH Zambia at the moment is implementing three projects: Urban Refugee Program in Lusaka, the Maternal Health Program in Luapula Province, and the Kawambwa Central Environmental Project. The Urban Refugee Project supports more than five thousand refugees that are in urban Lusaka and surrounding areas. AAH Zambia provides social welfare support in health and HIV/AIDS Progams; economic empowerment; refugee rights and obligations; asylum seeking and settlement; The Maternal Health Program in rural Zambia supports a catchment area of more than 20,000 inhabitants in a rural under served and hard to reach communities. The project aims to reduce the high maternal mortality rate which stands at 400/100,000 births though education to the communities and providing refresher training to service providers.The Kawambwa Central Enviromental Project again in this same rural setting. AAH-Zambia is working with the communities to re-plant trees in severely deforested areas. This is an area which has been depleted of trees by 'charcoal burning' which was done by the refugees when they were in camp. AAH-Zambia is therefore educating communities the importance of preserving trees and also planting trees. Our programmes serve the most vulnerable people within Zambia--refugees and Zambians living in the most poorly developed districts in Zambia.

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