Covid-19 is poised to bring suffering and hardship in Zambia. However, some are already suffering because of recent flooding. There have been severe rains in the northern part of Zambia and a lot of bridges and roads have been washed away in and around Samfya in Luapula Province. A number of believers have been badly affected by the floods resulting in their homes collapsing and their maize and cassava fields being swept away.
We have heard of at least 34 believers from four Assemblies who have been severely affected. This area is about 700km, that is at least 10 hours diving time, from Lusaka so it is not easy for ShareAfrica Zambia to provide practical help. It is hoped that it may be possible to send some cash relief to help our fellow believers to rebuild and recover from the devastation.
When the ShareAfrica team visited Sichoobo earlier in the year they found that the believers were finding things difficult. The hall was badly in need of repair, two of the elders are seriously sick, crop failures has caused a food shortage, children looked under nourished, and some of the accommodation visited was as bad as any they had seen. ShareAfrica has now been able to deliver some food supplies for them. Please pray for the testimony in these areas, together with the spiritual encouragement and practical help of the believers there.
Malnutrition underlies 52% of all under-five deaths in Zambia. The 2016/17 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey notes that 40 percent of children under five are either stunted or wasted (stunted is age-to-height and wasting is weight-to-age).
To improve the nutritional diet of children on the orphan Programme, the SHAREAfrica Zambia factory has begun producing a Corn Soya Blend (CSB) which will be distributed to the children during visitation. We also try to sell the food to other ‘feeding
programs’ to cover the cost of production. Read more about the product in our September 2018 Newsletter.
The sales of peanut butter, especially Moringa peanut butter, have increased to the point that the small factory at Makeni is having to run two shifts. This is good news for employment, however, procuring enough groundnuts to meet the demand is a cashflow challenge since stock for the next 12 months has to be bought at the time of harvest (June / July).
The increase in sales has made the plant financially stable with less risk to jobs.
Other new products are in development and planned for release in September / October.
The factory is a Not for Profit business. Any profit will be distributed to other non profit making activities such as Farmer support, Orphan support or Church support.