4th August , 2017
Agriculture Season Has Just Begun
The month of August is typically the beginning of farming in many parts of Zambia. Families, individuals spend a lot of time, preparing the land through conservational farming. This requires clearing land, making sure you have the right seeds and above all the labor to help the community. Women in rural Zambia work extra hard particularly for single mothers who depend on agriculture as their source of income and food for the family. In 2017/2018 season, Nsugeni Community Based Organization will work towards helping 15 groups on an extensive agriculture programme with the hope of improving their food production.
14th July 2017
New Partnerships can be a Challenge
Identifying new partners can be a challenge and we need to be open and talk about it. Many hours/weeks or even months can pass as we meet different partners, hear their needs and whether they meet our desired goals. Fortunately Nsugeni CBO has for the month of July found a newest partner member of the family from the Mpima Rural School. So how do we find our new partners? We ensure that they are rooted in the community, they represent women , their community project ideas are truly a reflection of the community needs and most importantly who wil benefit directly and indirectly. Are they serving children and women and will they contribute to the production of food ?
30th July, 2017
Agriculture Extension Services Much Needed Services in Rural Zambia
Agriculture Extension services are common but very difficult to acquire due to luck of resources. Nsugeni Community Based Organization's mandate for 2017, with the support from the Global Health is provide some level of capacity training to local women and men rural farmers. During the month of July, we were able to solicit a number of technical services from Mr.L Mwenda who offered his time out of work schedule to come and offer his services to rural farmers. Specifically, he was able to train famers on crop spacing, limiting the use of fertilizers, types of cash crops we need to focus on that are low cost but high impact on nutrition as well as cash producing foods. A total of 16-20 farmers attending these sessions.
23rd June , 2017
Health related matters are very important as we believe that a healthy women will in no doubt do more in life for her family. It is for this reason that Nsugeni Community Based Organization undertakes an integrated approach to its work. We not only limit our support on enterprise development or education for women and young girls, we also provide health education. During the month of June, Mr. James Milunga (in red t/shirt) offered a short course to a women's group in Makwati on primary health care and how to integrate it in farming and economic opportunities. Topics of the training included: HIV/AIDS, Women Sexual Health and Rights; Nutrition and Water and Sanitation knowledge for better healthy living. A total of 17 members of the Makwati Women Group attended the training.
8th June, 2017
Growing Onions- A New Direction for Source of Livelihoods
Small community farming is a difficult but worth our time and effort. It's a place where we spend time together, talk about our many challenges and come up with solutions on how we can improve our lives. What makes it even more fulfilling is the fact that we are a group of 18 women at Tusugeni Women Group beings supported by Nsugeni Community Based Organization in rural Kabwe. For our community garden we have decided to grow onions as the market for vegetables like rape, cabbage is full. Our research tells us that onions are easy to grow and has a good market. We hope to profit from this farming and raise some money for our children and meet some of the health costs that we want. Most importantly we can offer emotional support to ourselves and take care of our children as we can't afford to pay maids to look after them while at home.
The only challenge we have is the access to water. However, with support from Nsugeni Community Based Organization, we have been promised with shallow wells that we can use now to water our community gardens.
27th April, 2017
New Beginning – Small but Effective Vegetable Backyard Gardens
Nsugeni Community Based Organization is launching a sustainable livelihoods programmes to support vulnerable families during the lean season (when there is not enough food to plant in the regular farming season) for only $30 you can sponsor a backyard family.
To contribute to the general production of food at community and household level
To help improve nutritional status for children and elderly women who do not have
The project identifies families who meet the minimum basic requirements such as (vulnerability, orphans support, elderly and poor or no source of income). We support from Nsugeni CBO, the families receive agriculture inputs, training and regular support visits to ensure the backyard gardens are working well- Access to water to irrigate the vegetable gardens is also a priority. Community Water Source Shallow wells will be provided.
Type of Gardens
Although we encourage communities to have their own ideas and choices about what vegetables to grow, this project will focus on families with limited space for a back yard vegetable garden, with a focus on crops that are easy to grow and expensive to buy such as: Potatoes that are more valued as a nutritious starchy food; Tomatoes, Beans for proteins and so forth. If you would like to sponsor a backyard garden for a family, please contact us and we will provide you details for the family and what type of vegetables they will grow. For only $30 you can sponsor a family to start a backyard garden and support the family .
13th April, 2017
Support Women Groups – A Strategic Initiative For Nsugeni Community Based Organization
James Milunga is one of the community directors at Nsugeni Community Based Organization. He’s role is intertwined between health care management and community education for the partners registered with the organization. For the month of April and May, James has a mammoth task to ensure that the community groups that are selected for the livelihoods enterprise programme meet the minimum standards. What are the minimum standards that James is looking for to recommend the group to Nsugeni CBOs support?
Is the group known in the community and does it brings together marginalized or vulnerable women/men members together to identify challenges and offer solutions to help
How feasible is the enterprise initiative the group wants to embark on
What plans do they have to help support family or community members
In the month of April, the committee at Nsugeni CBO approved an enterprise grant to Natubombe group and James had the liberty of communicating the approval and issue of the enterprise grant to the group
27th March, 2017
Six Women Groups Identified for Micro Enterprise Programme
Nsugeni CBO has identified 6 Women Groups this month under it's economic empowerment programme. The Groups will work together to run innovative community enterprise programmes and agriculture work to help generate more income at community and family level for better health care and education for orphans and vulnerable children and most importantly building their own self esteem and pride as women despite the many challenges they face. But to do this, Nsugeni CBO needs your help. For more information on how you can donate and support our work, please send us an email at email@example.com or go to our donation page on the website
In this video, the women are praising the work they do together in particular the women who come to visit them and offer support such as Nsugeni Community Based Organization (Nsugeni CBO)
19 th March, 2017
Supporting Women Rights Through Women Support Groups- Makwati Women’s Group
Makwati Women’s Group is a place where a group of women interact and share their challenges, hopes and opportunities among themselves. Every Tuesday, members of the Makwati Women’s Group meet and help one another. Nsugeni Community Based Organization through its support from the Global Health in USA will provide continued support to this group to achieve three key areas:
Provide knowledge on human rights, such as Gender Based Violence, Access and control of land for farming and most importantly, freedom of speech at household level and community.
Provide a grant to the group to enable them continue with their Savings Loans Enterprise group business that will help members generate income and savings to support their family
Provide Training to the group on how to continue running a business and achieve profit
CELEBRATING St.PATRICK'S DAY 17TH MARCH 2017
For many people in Zambia, we are not very family what Saint. Patrick’s Day is and its history. So we did a bit of research and discovered that “Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick is, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. So why is it so special to us as a small emerging grassroots organization working with women in rural Zambia?
At Nsugeni CBO, we look at the green color of our vegetables on March 17th and feel that we need to be part of the celebrations that God has given us. People will have food on their table. We also recognize Irish Aid in Zambia for the work they do to promote Human Rights and the fight of HIV/AIDS particularly supporting children and women.
From all of us at Nsugeni CBO, we want to wish all Irish people and those celebrating with them, a Happy St. Patricks’ Day as many Christians will attend church, and Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol will be lifted for the day. That could be the reason the we see on TV noisy cultural celebrations with parades, green garb, dancing, traditional food and lots of partying
Thank you and Happy St. Patricks’ Day
Nsugeni Community Based Organization
Happy Women's Day !
Nsugeni Community Based Organization would like wish all women in Zambia and the world at large a fruitful International Women's Day (8 March) as we continue to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of us women in the past, present and future. At our organization we value the role that women play in society and that is why we promote the work of rural women in farming and also promote economic empowerment programmes like supporting small savings women loan groups; provide educational support to young adolescent girls.
Nsugeni Community-Based Organization works to create sustainable and dignified livelihoods for women, educational opportunities for children, and a comprehensive support network for the vulnerable populations of rural Zambia.
"When we run together, we run far."