Give Dignity to Women and Young Girls in Zambia

by Chikumbuso
Anderson and Mike
Anderson and Mike

The following is an e-postcard from Kai Iizuka, a GlobalGiving Representative in Zambia.

I was shown around the Factory Room where many of the clothes, bags, female sanitary pads and various other textile items are handmade by Chikumbuso community members. Rose, the assistant teacher, told me how the workers are first taught in the adjacent room for the first year on how to use sewing machines and learn the basics of tailoring. They then move on to the Factory Room where they are able to create handbags, laptop cases, dresses and even suits to sell and make a living for themselves.

Anderson was the first male student to graduate from the class and told me that he had been working at Chikumbuso for four years now. At this point, he can make a whole suit from scratch according to his friend Mike. Mike had only recently graduated from the tailoring school and explained how he was working here to be able to make enough money to go back to school. As he was fixing up the hem of a suit trouser, we discussed how cool it would be to be able to make your own suit, and he told me how he was glad that he was learning a skill that would later on prove to be very useful and not only for making a living, but everyday applications as well. I wish him all the best and hope he manages to attain the higher level education he is working for.

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.

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.


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.



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.


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Location: Lusaka - Zambia
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Linda Wilkinson
Lusaka, Zambia

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