Projects in Zambia
The Rural Aquaculture Promotion (RAP) Project supports Zambia's Department of Fisheries' strategy of improving livelihoods in rural communities through promoting aquaculture as an activity from which farmers earn income, supplement their nutrition, and improve food security. The purpose of the RAP project is to assist smallholder rural farmers to apply new and improved aquaculture practices that sustainably increase fish production, consumption, and incomes. RAP Volunteers work with Zambian fish farmers. Their primary duties will be to help the communities initiate and improve their fish ponds, improve management, increase fish production, integrate aquaculture with agriculture, increase incomes from ponds, and strengthen fish farming groups.
The Rural Education Development (RED) Project focuses on teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). The project improves counterpart English proficiency, teaching skills, and participation in professional development, which leads to improved English language instruction and increased communicative English proficiency for students. RED Volunteers teach English to sixth- through eighth-grade students. RED Volunteers may also participate in various informal English instruction activities, such as English camps and clubs, as well as general education activities such as library development and community support groups for schools. Volunteers receive extensive training to learn how they can use their native English speaker skills to be more aware of language and use that knowledge to support counterpart teachers and students.
In 2004, the Forestry Department invited the Peace Corps in Zambia to partner with it to provide extension services at the community level. The Zambian Forestry Department has no extension officers at the community level (Frontline extension officers). Through the Linking Income Food and Environment (LIFE) Project, Peace Corps Zambia is collaborating with the Departments of Forestry to address the issue of conserving the natural resources through promotion of agroforestry, soil conservation and management, improved gardening techniques, and teaching of basic business skills. Volunteers work together with Department of Forestry staff and lead farmers to develop capacity at the household level. Volunteer activities address food insecurity and livelihood diversification of these communities, thus reducing pressure on forest habitat and natural resources.
Through the Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP), Volunteers work at the district and community levels, focusing on improving rural health in the areas of HIV/AIDS awareness, malaria, maternal and child health, food security, and nutrition. Volunteers work to facilitate the formation and training of community based organizations that spearhead the planning, implementation, and sustainable management of community-led intervention in malaria, food security, HIV/AIDS mitigation and management and other community-identified health priorities. The project is implemented under the Ministry of Health and, therefore, the primary contact for the Volunteer is the Rural Health Center and its staff. Volunteers also work with other organizations to mobilize resources for the training and implementation of sustainable health interventions in the above-stated health areas.