Give Dignity to Women and Young Girls in Zambia

Aug 14, 2013

It takes a Village or a Saturday Market

The doctor with our packets
The doctor with our packets

The more time you spend in Zambia the more you realize that inorder for things to happen you have to get out there, on the street and meet people.  That is what happened at the Saturday market last week. While selling our Chikumbuso bags and products we met a wonderful doctor who is helping young vulnerable girls.  When she found out about our sanitary pad project she was thrilled and wanted to know how she could buy some. Menstruation can be the one thing that keeps girls home and out of school for a week every month.

Chikumbuso was thrilled to sell her 15 sanitary packets and thanks to your donations was able to also "give back" five more to help this doctor help young women. 

Blessings for your support of this program that helps girls make a difference in their own lives.

May 23, 2013

Wherever You Live

As a community of women at Chikumbuso Project we are commited to helping other women no matter where they are living. And that could mean prison. The word "Chikumbuso" means to remember and our women are champions as they remember to do for others even if it is out of the poverty. They visit the elderly, shut ins, those sick in the clinic and each year we visit the prisons in Lusaka to give back to these women who have nothing. Nothing at all.

Through your contribution in giving dignity to women prisoners the ladies at Chikumbuso can reach out even more people. Let our ladies be your feet and hands.

Thank you so much.


Mar 4, 2013

International Women's Day Zambia

Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. Yet despite all the efforts and growth made since the 1900's we are aware that many women worldwide still struggle and need our help and encouragement as they find themselves in unnavigable circumstances. 

This year Chikumbuso women would like to, once again, visit the Prison in Lusaka to bring the women there sanitation packets, basins and soap. It is a time for the women of Chikumbuso to give back to those in need as well as a time of fellowship for the women detained behind bars. 

Please help us to do this again this year with your donation to Global Giving. It is through your generosity that we can be your hands and feet in Lusaka Prison.

If you would like to read more about the state of Zambia's prisons please go to:

Thank you for your help.


Dec 12, 2012

Remembering to do for Others


The word Chikumbuso in Nyanja means Remembrance; our mission statement is to '' remember those who died, remember where we came from [poverty] and remember to do for others. In the spirit of Chikumbuso, we are striving to remember to do just that: help others. As a group of women we realize that we are more fortunate than many other women and women in prison in particular. The Chikumbuso women did a survey identifying the situation of the poor and vulnerable groups within the prison walls. From this we were able to identify the major issues affecting female prisoners the most important being very poor health and hygiene, poor diet and HIV / AIDS. One of the biggest issues facing the women prisoners is their menstruation. At Chikumbuso our single moms have been trained to sew menstrual pads. These packets make a difference for these women. Each packet includes five washable menstrual pads, five liners and a plastic lined bag to carry them in. Each woman can keep the packet for approximately six months as they were made to be washable. Our last delivery of 150 packets was over six months ago. Would you please help us in delivering packets again by giving to this project. Each time we go we include soap and underwear with the packet. The ladies at Chikumbuso enjoy giving back to fellow Zambians as well as an afternoon of song and dance with the prisoners.

Sep 4, 2012

Needing to do our part in Prisons

Seen by others
Seen by others

We should not let the old expression  "out of sight, out of mind" gives us excuse to forget our fellow women.

Women in African prisons face overcrowded and unsanitary conditions conducive to poor health and the spread of infectious disease . Daily these women prisoners are confronted with unique challengesrelated to menstruation; pregnancy and childbirth. There are no special needs given to female prisoners and sanitary wear is not provided. Imagine yourself in the same situation. 

The Chikumbuso Project has made sanitary packets for women part of our Skills Training for At Risk Youth (STARY) program. Twenty young women and men learn to make these bags and pads as part of their year long training in tailoring. Through this program they learn not only the skill of tailoring but also the blessings of giving back to the community. Our goal is to give to women and girls in prison a sanitary packet, soap, underwear, and wash basin. Helping the Zambian prison system care for those incarcerated.

We can not do it with out your help.  Please give to this needy cause enabling those who are "out of sight" to be seen again.  

Thank you,

From all of us at Chikumbuso

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Project Leader

Linda Wilkinson

Lusaka, Zambia

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