Micah Challenge Zambia will be carrying out a campaign on water and sanitation on the Copperbelt and Lusaka, which are Zambia’s main urban centres. We would like to call on you to participate in this campaign. We hope that through this campaign you will be able to:
- Participarte in the development delivery system in your constituency
- Hold elected officials accountable on their promises
- Monitor issues that affect the daily lives of your members and assist commmunities to hold government accountable for commitments and promises made
This document will give you an over view of the water and sanitation situation in Zambia. Then towards the end we will invite you to participate in the 2012 main campaign activity. This activity will be followed up with capacity building in advocacy training for church leaders who will be willing to participate in this campaign. Its the wish of Micah Challenge to ensure that 50% of the people particparting in our advocacy campaigns are women, and members of marginalised groups, such the people with disabilities. This will ensure that social exclusion and gender is taken into account in our camapings.
Click on the link below to download the document in PDF
There is a lot about the world that we would like to change; famine, war, pollution etc. However, we can also act to make those changes, through creativity, prayer and campaigning. Find out how the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) can help to make that happen.
Kindly click on the highlighted link below to download Micah Challenge Zambia Toolkit for District Steering Committees.
The G20 will meet in London on 2 April 2009 amidst a current financial crisis which presents a number of potential problems for both communities living in poverty and the rich countries. As the leaders of the 20 leading economies meet they plan to draw up a blueprint for a new global economy that will rise out of the rubble.
The current financial crisis presents numerous challenges:
- It will hurt economies in both the north and south.
- Growing numbers of people in the North and majority South will fall below the poverty line and find themselves vulnerable to economic
- shocks and downturns
- Donor countries are likely to be more introverted, less concerned about international affairs, finding less money available to spend on matters other than their own economy and services.
- Countries may fall back into protectionist measures that will damage trade and market access for poor countries like Zambia
Micah Challenge Zambia is calling Christians to rise up and join together in prayer: that our new global economy might be
more squarely founded on the values of our creator God; that the poor amongst us would be lifted up; and that from beneath the shadow of the global economic crisis there might emerge the hope for a better world.
The systems and structures of our world either glorify God or they diminish His glory. And who will raise a voice and reach out a hand to conform these things to God’s model, if not us his people? Rise up with us in global prayer for a better world.
Use this guide bellow to pray on each of the 7 days in the run up to the G20
Pray with your family and/or friends
On 2 April join thousands in prayer across the globe. Get together with friends, organization, church or family and pray for the G20 Summit.
Get you church to pray
On 29 March during church service get your church to pray for the G20 Summit. Alternatively a organize church members to meet together early in the morning to specifically pray for this summit.
Tell others about this call to prayer. Email your friends this message to help spread the word.
To download Rise Up Prayer Guide and Powerpoint for use during church service click below:
“…what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8
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.
Kawambwa 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.
The people of Kawambwa are unable to establish the infrastructure needed to utilize the potential 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
“As 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.
WALK WITH US
The 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.
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
Here is the first edition of the Micah Update magazine from Micah Challenge Zambia. This edition introduces the Micah Challenge campaign and coalition in Zambia, as well as exploring what the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are and how we as Christians in Zambia can help to ensure they are met.
What Can I Do? – How can you be a part of Micah Challenge in Zambia, and promote, explore, and act upon the message?
Micah Sunday? – Resources for marking Micah Sunday at your church.
Bible Study – Explore Isaiah 58 and what type of worship is acceptable to God using this Bible study.
What is Advocacy? – What do we mean by ‘advocacy’, and why should Christians be involved in speaking out?
The Millennium Development Goals – What are the MDGs and why are the important to Zambia?
Help meet the MDGs – How can we help to meet the MDGs as churches through our actions?
It is half time to halve poverty. In the year 2000, the government of Zambia and 188 other nations made a promise – to halve poverty by 2015 through the Millennium Development Goals. 2007 is half time to meeting that promise.
Micah Challenge has produced a free Prayer and Study Series to help individuals, groups and churches to reflect on the MDGs in the lead up to half time and the official launch of Micah Challenge Zambia on 07/07/07.
This 7 week series has two sections:
- 7 Stories and Prayers from around the world that should take 10 minutes during a service, school assembly, Bible study or home group. Click here to download the 7 Stories and Prayers (PDF)
A PowerPoint presentation, which has words and images for each week, could help you present each section. An English version will be available soon at www.micahchallenge.org.
- 7 Bible Study/Reflection units focusing on the theme of Pentecost, Justice and the Holy Spirit. These are designed for individual use, but are also suitable for use in small groups, and could provide an excellent resource for pastors wishing to develop a sermon series on this theme. Click here to download 7 Bible Studies and Reflections (PDF)
The contributions for these materials have come from leading theologians and social justice practitioners from four different continents around the world. This gives us a unique collection of studies which centre around God’s heart for the poor and His desire for His church to act as their advocates.
This is an opportunity for God’s people to be linked globally in prayer throughout the half time period from Pentecost to 07/07/07. Whatever you do, we urge you to pray and keep on praying, that God’s Kingdom would be expanded and that the church would stand for righteousness and justice in every aspect of life.
In 2006 a group of church leaders in an economically poor community in Zambia turned their passion for seeing their community transformed into action. The church leaders of Mapalo solicited the support of their community – and created a memorandum of understanding between their candidates standing for election as Councillors and Member of Parliament and their community. Every candidate standing for election signed the memorandum of understanding in the run-up to the elections. The community now has a united vision of what their needs are and a powerful lobbying tool to use with their newly elected Councillors and MP for seeing their agreed needs to be met in the next three years.
Jubilee Centre has written a case study of this work – you can download this case study in full: Memorandum of understanding case study (you will need a PDF viewer to view this file – download one for free from Adobe reader or Sumatra PDF).