Zambia is a nation which offers an unusual mix of opportunity and challenges. While it has made significant progressive, it is still underdeveloped with significant poverty and is adversely affected by harmful superstitions.
ICCM became involved in Zambia in 2008 through our workers Bishop Bodson and his wife Maureen Lupyiani. The goal was to set up a small community where the people could help each other. This included small animal husbandry, gardens, crafts and sewing projects to sell. It also meant communal care for the children, shelter and food for all. However, Bishop Bodson was killed in a bus accident in 2012, just as the project was getting established. Maureen and her teenaged children decided to try to continue the project.
ICCM’s project in Zambia, continues to reach out to needy people especially women and children, although the project has been scaled back to make it more manageable for Maureen. We are currently engaged in the following:
- Sewing, crafts and income generation programs.
- Providing supplement food for children living in the slums through a daily feeding program.
- Increasing food security through introductions of home gardens as well as a chicken program which has proved to be successful. Crops raised can be consumed or sold for income.
- ICCM now plans to duplicate these projects in other needy areas of Zambia and will do ongoing assessment for the possibility of expansion of our successful projects, such as the poultry one, to other needy areas.
- Provide spiritual assistance through literature, teachings and related instructions to assist Maureen and the other leadership there address the problem of occult influence.