Katuba, located near Kabwe, Zambia

Katuba community profile

Katuba village is among the poorest rural communities, located 30 km outside of Kabwe town with a population of approximately 500 people. Most people rely on subsistence farming which is very difficult since farming inputs such as seeds and fertilizer are not easily available. The nearest clinic is a 7 km walk and the nearest hospital is located in the town of Kabwe. There are few bicycles available in Katuba, making a visit to the clinic very difficult.

Education is an ongoing challenge for Katuba. With the closest government school being 17 km away, most children do not attend. As a result the people of Katuba used what little resources they had to construct their own school and provided untrained volunteer teachers to work with the children. Today the school has 304 students attending including children from four other surrounding villages.

There is a strong widows group in Katuba which gathers weekly to provide mutual support and encouragement. This group is made up of women struggling to survive after the death of their husbands. They study the bible together and work in the community garden which helps to provide food for their children. These women desperately need to learn additional skills that will help them to start small business, providing stability for their families.

The needs in the community

  • School infrastructure and school supplies
  • Empowerment of youth and widows
  • HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention
  • Food security
  • Income-generating activities for widows and the community school

What we are doing

  • Provision of safe drinking water
  • Providing oversight to the communtiy school
  • Teaching gardening and providing garden supplies