Mobilising Christians Against Poverty



Kawambwa District is located in Luapula province in northern Zambia. It is the largest district in Luapula  and has a population of 130,000 Zambians. There are also 20,000 Congolese refugees living in a refugee camp that was established by the United Nations in 1998. Fishing is the primary industry in the river valley, while farming dominates the plateau.

Cover jpegKawambwa District is known as the Land of Falling Waters. It boasts two of the most spectacular  waterfalls in all of Zambia. The Ngona River forms two parallel falls about 30m in height known as  Ntumbachushi Falls (Bottom Left). Lumangwe Falls (Left), a near replica of the more famous Victoria Falls, is within the district. Kawambwa also provides access to Kabwelume Falls (Bottom Right) in Northern Province. Efforts are currently underway to develop a game park for further recreation.

The natural resources in Kawambwa boast huge potential. It is one of the few surplus food districts in all of Zambia. Efforts are being made to establish large scale farming enterprises as well as utilize the full potential of small farms. Currently, the largest tea plantation in  Zambia is located in Kawambwa, and the Wena Farmblock partitions plots for growing coffee, potatoes, and pineapples, among other produce. Also, It’s rivers are prime for hydroelectric power plants.

In spite of the wealth of potential these natural resources hold and the rich cultural tradition of the people, NtumbachushiLuapula province and Kawambwa district remain some of the poorest in all of Zambia.

The people of Kawambwa are unable to establish the infrastructure needed to utilize the Kabwelumepotential their district holds. There is not capital available to them to make such investments. So even though they are surrounded by potential, the people of Kawambwa continue to live in poverty.

Kawambwa is facing several critical problems:

Poverty: It is estimated that over 70% of Kawambwa’s residents live in poverty.

HIV/AIDS: The spread of HIV/AIDS is rapid in rural areas like Kawambwa. HIV/AIDS breaks families and destroys social structures, often removing the main breadwinners from a family during the prime of life.

Employment: Many struggle to find ways to support their families beyond subsistence farming

Perm SecAs a Christian nation, Zambia recognizes the need for the church to take a leading role in the development of our country. Effective, sustainable development can not occur until the church becomes the driving force behind our development practices. It is crucial for us to understand the connection between social and spiritual nourishment and let that connection influence the ways we work for sustainable development. So I am excited to see Micah Challenge and the church working to forward the Millennium Development Goals in Kawambwa” – Mr. Siame, Permanent Secretary of the province of Luapula.

Micah Challenge Zambia is a fast growing coalition of member organizations, churches, denominations, institutions and individuals committed to engaging in poverty reduction and helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Zambia.


WalkingThe church in Kawambwa is vibrant and growing. It has a heart for its integral mission, to minister to both spiritual and social needs. Micah Challenge Zambia and the church in Kawambwa invite you to walk with us in our effort to realize the Millennium Development Goals. There are three goals with which we are especially concerned:

Goal 1: To see hunger and extreme poverty eradicated through assisting churches with care programs, investing in local businesses, supporting the development of local infrastructure, and encouraging tourism to Kawambwa.

Goal 6: To halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS through continued education, church based care programs, and alternative recreational activities.

Goal 8: To develop global partnerships for development by creating international relationships between churches and between businessmen, relationships that will edify and empower both sides. The church in Kawambwa is working hard to lift their brothers and sisters out of poverty, but this must be a global effort. The Kawambwa church can not achieve their goals without global partnerships. 

Orphanage Pastor Charles Simukonde and Levy Lamba stand in front of bricks that will be used to build a home for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs). “There are 250 OVCs in Kawambwa. 58 are on ARVs. 25 are being treated for tuberculosis. The church is here to bring hope to these children.” – Pastor Smukonde

Micah Challenge Core Values: Micah Challenge is committed to the Good News: We affirm that the good news of Jesus demonstrates concern for the spiritual, physical, mental, social, economic and emotional well being of people.

We are committed to the following key values: the Good News; Jesus; the Bible; working with those living in poverty; justice; prayer; relationships; learning and sharing; efficiency and accountability.

Full details of the values can be found on our website or by contacting us. In order to work together well, all coalition members are asked to read and work within the MCZ Coalition Principles, Core Values and Operating Principles.

Join the Coalition: You can join as an individual, organization, church, denomination or institution. Simply visit our website and download the form or contact us through the details below.




Tel: 02 681 482 / 02 681 172

Address: Micah Challenge Zambia, c/o Jubilee Centre, PO Box 70519, 30 Lualaba Road, Kansenshi, Ndola, Zambia