Support Sustain Succeed Zambia (S3Z) is currently focusing their efforts on a township in Zambia called Mapalo-Chipulukusu. It is just outside of Ndola, the second largest city of Zambia, in the Copperbelt region. It is one of the largest and fastest-growing townships, with an approximate population of around 80,000. It is a high poverty community. The majority of the houses in Mapalo are constructed of mud bricks, and many do not have adequate roofing. A small percentage of the houses have electricity, with an even smaller percentage having running water in their homes. The water source in Mapalo is largely obtained from ground wells, where people collect their drinking, cooking, and bathing water. Well water must be treated by chlorine or by boiling before drinking. The majority of the houses do not have indoor toilets. Mapalo residents live on less than $2 per day for an average household of 6 family members.
There is one health clinic in Mapalo to serve all 80,000 residents. Common diseases in Mapalo, and Zambia at large, are malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and sickle cell disease. HIV/AIDS has left many children orphaned and vulnerable. These children have limited access to social services, including education. There are several community schools in Mapalo, which are run by international and local NGOs, churches, or individuals in the local community. Most children attend these schools rather than the public government schools, due to the inability to afford their higher fees.
Many residents of Mapalo are employed in jobs such as maids, cooks, gardeners, and security guards for families in the neighboring city of Ndola. Other residents earn income for themselves by growing vegetable gardens and selling their produce at roadside markets.
Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern-Central Africa. The capital city is Lusaka, located in the south-central part of Zambia. Zambia’s government is a multiparty republic with one legislative house and the president is democratically elected.
The population is approximately 17 million and is comprised of 72 indigenous tribal groups. The Zambian people are known to be extremely friendly people who live in peace and harmony.
Zambia gained independence from Britain in 1964. Her official language is English, however, there are more than 70 different languages spoken. Their main export is copper. Kwacha is the currency of Zambia. It has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons: the cool dry winter from May to August, a hot dry season during September and October, and a warm wet season from November to April. In Zambia, the majority of the people practice Christianity and Catholicism. There are small groups of Muslims and Hindus, as well as those who practice native/tribal beliefs.
One of the 7 national wonders of the world, Victoria Falls, is on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.