Who said volunteering was easy? Conservation Lower Zambezi experience

[caption id="attachment_26465" align="alignleft" width="550"] Shaina Irwin volunteered at CLZ in September 2013[/caption] Shaina Irwin spent a month in September 2013 volunteering at Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ). This is a local Zambian charity committed to the conservation and sustainable use of the local wildlife and natural resources of the Lower Zambezi through wildlife protection, and environmental education. Shaina shares her experience with us! Expectations   Before I arrived at Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ), I was not quite sure what to expect. Read More

Women of Zambia, from Mums to entrepreneurs, Corporate Heelz is for you

[caption id="attachment_25412" align="alignnone" width="550"] The recent Corporate Heelz High Tea event[/caption] You can't really ignore a name like Corporate Heelz can you? Well, we took notice. There was something about this group that made us dig a little deeper. We interviewed Janice Matwi, the business woman behind Corporate Heelz. We found an inspiring leader and an organisation we want to work with. Building the individuals we work with is a key part of our reason for being at the Best of Zambia. We're excited to partner with Corporate Heelz, and to be able to give the ladies on our team the chance to go to Corporate Heelz events. We believe Corporate Heelz events will give our girls the opportunity to be inspired, to learn and to grow - something we are deeply passionate about. Sara: Tell us about Janice Matwi. As the driving force behind Corporate Heelz, what has your journey been like so far? Janice: I am a passionate and focused person. I feel these are the qualities about me that have kept me going whenever I hit rough patches. Corporate Heelz is run by me and two other partners so it’s not all me! Sara: The story of Corporate Heelz is that it begun as a Blackberry messaging group for friends. Was its beginning a happy accident, or did you have plan to make it into what it is today? Read More

Return of the elephant: a conservation initiative

Conservation Lake Tanganyika is a non-profit organisation that works with the community to raise awareness of the importance of conserving both Lake Tanganyika and the adjoining Sumbu National Park (also called Nsumbu National Park). The organisation not only deals with issues of poaching and illegal fishing but also promotes the successful development of the park. This article features the organisation's efforts in preserving the wildlife of the National Park and the return of elephants thanks to these efforts. Read More

Global Shapers Lusaka (from the World Economic Forum)

[caption id="attachment_24339" align="alignnone" width="550"] Image sourced from startupjunction.net[/caption] Lusaka Global Shapers came to our attention via Twitter. We knew we were on to something that was good for Lusaka, something that was good for the people who got involved. So we dug a little deeper. In summary if you are between the ages of 20 and 30, possess an entrepreneurial track record and are willing to engage in the community, then you can apply to be a Lusaka Shaper. As a Lusaka Shaper you will work alongside other young enterprising people, and represent Lusaka to the international community. The closing date is 22nd July 2013, so apply now! The following details about Lusaka Shapers is via interview with Matthew Grollnek, the Global Shapers Lusaka Hub Director, who you can follow on Twitter. Read More

Kwilimuna Ceremony introduces community awards

[caption id="attachment_23567" align="alignleft" width="550"] Her Royal Highness Chieftainess Malembeka at the 2012 Kwilimuna Ceremony[/caption] This year's Kwilimuna Ceremony, promises to be a unique event with Her Royal Highness Chieftainess Malembeka introducing an innovative Community Awards scheme designed to promote the social, economic and general well-being of the people in her chiefdom. These awards will also serve to highlight the cultural heritage of the Bulima people. Six community awards will be presented at the 2013 ceremony, each one recognising the positive contribution that a particular individual or group is making within the local community. Read More

Excitement for young Zambian entrepreneurs: The Global Entrepreneurship Week

For one week, every year in November, millions of young people around the world come together to join a growing movement of entrepreneurial people for the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). The Global Entrepreneurial Week is the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. This year, 112 countries and over 10 million people are expected to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Week from the 14th – 20th November, 2011.  During this week, Zambia will join the rest of the world in connecting young people across the country through local, national and international activities. This event will help young people to acquire the knowledge, skills and networks needed to grow innovative, sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact on their lives, their families and communities. Read More

Conservation Lower Zambezi hosts a fundraising event in Lusaka, Zambia

Recently the Best of Zambia team was privileged to attend a fundraising event dubbed as “Cocktails for Conservation” which was to raise funds for Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ). CLZ is an organisation which aims to protect the environment of the Lower Zambezi, as an asset for the people of Zambia. As well as providing logistical support to the Zambia Wildlife Authority, CLZ runs environmental educational programs for the local community. Read More

Our children, our investment — 2011 Child Health Week in Zambia

[caption id="attachment_11171" align="alignnone" width="550" caption="Image by UNICEF Sverige"][/caption] In countries all over the world, children are considered to be the future. However, in most developing countries, child mortality rates are alarmingly high and the health status of children is below acceptable levels. As it is Child Health Week in Zambia we take a look at current child health statistics in Zambia. During Child Health Week children under five receive free heath services in Zambia. Read More