Updated: Nov 26, 2021

The World Market Holiday Shop is at the Capawock Theater again this year, open from 10am to 6pm everyday until Christmas. Six local women are selling crafts that support women’s economic development in Haiti (Empowered Haiti), Tanzania (Maasai Partners), Palestine (Olive Branch Fair Trade), India (Invisible World & Her Future Coalition), Latin America (Ama Nomad), and Zambia (our own African Artists Community Development Project). We work hard to bring opportunity to some of the most neglected communities in the world, and to make it easy for people here to buy handmade holiday gifts that spread the wealth.

The AACDP stand features Zambezi Dolls from Zambia, Kikoi cloth & Kanga cloth with Swahili proverbs from Zanzibar, sterling silver Tuareg jewelry, African trade bead jewelry & keychains, and small Guinea hen sculptures from Victoria Falls Craft Market. We will be adding a selection of baskets and small carved animals as soon as the shipment comes in.

Come see the magic and feel the love!

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Reforestation is Part of the Curriculum

Emmanuella Oykere is in her second year at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, studying community development. She is committed to working with communities in rural areas of Ghana to improve economic and agricultural practices and is studying hard to gain skills to implement these goals.

She has just sent me her grades for last semester, and they are even better than last term: five As and one B!

She is just one of our students in Ghana and Zambia who have American sponsors supporting their efforts to improve their own and others' lives.

Three new students form Zambia seeking sponsorship to study agriculture, electrical engineering and education. We will be showcasing these eager prospective students and hoping to find good people who will help them also receive an education that can dramatically increase their economic opportunities.

Stay tuned.

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Last year in Zambia, the price of food skyrocketed. Hunger was a reality, with many eating just one meal a day. The women of the AACDP community, who have children with disabilities at the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Home, dreamed of having a communal farm to raise their own food.

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to purchase 20 acres of farmland, sink a well and buy a pump. To complete this totally sustainable system, the farm needs a solar-powered irrigation system.

Sydney Mwamba, our general manager in Livingstone, has organized everything so far and estimates that we can get the system built for a total of $4,500. That will cover the cost of a cistern, pipes, electric cables, a control box, and solar panel stands, as well as two experts to assemble it all. When it’s completed, the planting can begin.

Growing food is a fundamental of village culture, from which they all come. Families will till and fertilize their own plots and construct fences of local materials. Eventually they will build traditional huts for tools and storage, but right now the time has come to plant. If we can raise the sum for the irrigation system quickly, there will be time to get it installed before the rainy season. To take advantage of the natural growing cycle they must get seedlings in the ground by then; to prepare the soil and start the seeds beforehand, they must have water.

These women, like many people in the world today, believe that starting communal farms is one of the most sensible solutions for worldwide hunger. Please help this community create the infrastructure they need for sustainable food security, and end their fear of being unable to feed their families. They are so ready.

“We want to start planting. It’s almost the rainy season and we can’t wait to start growing food so we can feed our families.” - Exhilda Kamonyo, Zambezi Doll Co. Chairwoman

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