Overfishing threatens people and wildlife along the Zambezi River.
The Zambezi river is home to more than 200 different species of fish, all of which contribute to the health of the local ecosystem. Unfortunately, rapid human settlement, pollution, and overfishing have taken a toll on biodiversity, leaving the ecosystem unbalanced and locals without a source of food or income.
A need to protect Africa’s largest elephant population.
The Kazungula District of Zambia, the location of the Sekute Chiefdom, lies close to the borders of Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. Elephants and other wildlife regularly move between these countries to access various habitats.
Over time, human settlements have obstructed critical wildlife corridors connecting protected areas, and the close proximity of wildlife to people has resulted in increased human-wildlife conflict.
Education remains one of the major challenges facing Africa.
In the Sekute community of Zambia, students often had to walk miles a day to attend school. Classes were held in a ramshackle, local school made of mud that could only house 50 students. It is little wonder then, that in this chiefdom, illiteracy was at 80%.
Lupani school answers the call.
Officially opened February 11, 2011, the Lupani Primary School replaced the formerly dilapidated structure with a modern facility that includes six classrooms, several offices, and five houses for teachers.
Local tourism was not benefitting the community.
The banks of the Zambezi River are home to the Goba people who constitute the Chiawa Chiefdom, located in Zambia. The socio-economic status of the Chiawa community, like many rural areas in Zambia, is characterized by poverty—despite high levels of tourism in the area. Several private lodges and tourism campsites are located along the Lower Zambezi River in the eastern Chiawa area.
Rhinos face extinction in Zambia.
Zambia once had a healthy population of white rhinos, but by 2010, there was only one still alive. Poaching had decimated local populations. If action wasn’t taken, rhinos were likely to disappear entirely from the region.
Copper isn’t Zambia’s only rich natural resource.
The Republic of Zambia is located in Southern Africa. Its name comes from the Zambezi river, which flows through parts of the country and also forms its southern border. Zambia has a tropical climate, high plateaus, broad plains, and river valleys.
People often ask why a conservation organization builds schools. For me, it’s an easy answer. Education is one of the primary ways to develop consciousness about how our actions impact the environment — both locally and globally. It is one of the most important means of empowering youth, engaging communities, fostering concern for wildlife and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.
I first met Lisa two years ago, at the Lupani Community School in Zambia. A shy, intelligent fifth grader, she was working hard to keep up with her studies. Now, in grade 7, Lisa has just won first prize in a district-level social studies competition and is traveling to the provincial capital to represent her district at the regional level.
Poachers are poisoning these precious birds.
Thanks to the AWF Conservation Schools program, more students in rural Africa will have access to a quality primary school education. But what happens once they graduate? Secondary schools can be located far from local villages and tuition can be out of reach for many poor, rural families.