Moyo Africa Foundation established in 2010 in Arizona wants to help extremely poor communities in Africa starting with the community of Kanyuka Village in Nyimba district of Eastern Zambia. The Foundation would like the community to live healthy and holistic lives.
In June 2013, Moyo Africa Foundation sent Martin Mwape to Kanyuka Village to carry out a needs assessment of Kanyuka Villages.
The objectives of the needs assessment were to: Map the human and livelihood situation of the Kanyuka Village and the surrounding areas
Identify the priority needs of the community at Kanyuka Village
Set basis for development modality.
The evaluator (Martin Mwape) used qualitative interviews with key personnel and other stakeholders and site visits to gauge realities on the ground.
2.0 Kanyuka Village Profile
2.1 Location and Physical Characteristics
Kanyuka is a Zambian village in Nyimba District located at 17 km (horizontal distance) east Nyimba. The Village is at a distance of 7 km from the great east road.
According to Mr. Ikana Lungu who works with Headman Kanyuka Lungu the total population of Kanyuka is at 564 comprising of 89 households of 6 members on average. Of this population 205 are males and 359 of whom are females. There are 89 households living in about 141 grass thatched housing units.
The inhabitants of Kanyuka village are composed of several families, mainly the Nsengas though there are other like the Tumbuka who come due to marriages.
In regards to the basic and secondary education institutions and schools in Kanyuka has is only one public school near (About 600m) the village; Kapakasa Basic School, which is run by the Zambian Ministry of Education. The school has a total of 7 teachers, 6 males and 1 female. The school also has three dilapidated teachers houses.
2.4 Health Status
There are no health facilities available in Kanyuka village except for a mother’s shelter used for under five health checks. In cases of illness, residents of Kanyuka use Mkope Health Post, about 12 km from village, Chipembi Health post, about 15 km and Nyimba Hospital, about 24 km.
In addition to being far, Mkope and Chipembi Health Posts faces several
1. The shortage of medical staff to treat patients.
2. The absence of an ambulance.
3. The absence of a pharmacy.
2.5 Economic Activities
The economy in Kanyuka village is dependent on one economic sector, the agricultural sector. This includes crops and livestock farming.
In the village, there is also one very small building which they call a grocery store where they buy groceries like soap and others.
Agricultural production in Kanyuka depends mostly on rainwater. As for irrigated fields, there are very few due to lack of water in the dry seasong.
As for the field crops Kanyuka, cereals, in particular, maize and cotton are the most cultivated. The needs assessment also shows residents in Kanyuka are rearing and keeping domestic animals such as cattle, pigs and goats.
3.0 Infrastructure and Natural Resources
3.1 Electricity and Telecommunication Services:
Kanyuka village is not connected to a public electricity network. The power lines are at a distance of 7 km but there is information that the power lines will be close (at about 4 km) when a new secondary school (Vizimumba) is connected. Furthermore, Kanyuka is not connected to a telecommunication network but the residents use mobile phones (With very week signal) to communicate.
3.2 Transportation Services:
Kanyuka lacks public transportation in the village. As for the road network in the village; there are no roads in good condition. The villages need new roads and the so-called roads needs to be rehabilitated.
3.3 Water Resources:
Kanyuka is not provided with water by the any utility company. It only has one borehole which dries up in October. Here it should be noted that there are other four villages that uses the same borehole and so this forces many Kanyuka citizens to consume water from unprotected well and streams.
Kanyuka lacks a public sewage network. The population uses pit latrines for wastewater disposal but only few of Kanyuka housing units have these.
4.0 Proposed Projects
Kanyuka citizen’s implementation of several projects in the coming years. The projects are as follows, in order of priority, from the viewpoint of the citizens of Kanyuka, Masachi, Manjakat, Villi and Sinchele Villages:
1. Building of a New Clinicr Health Care Centre Kanyuka vilalage, provision of an ambulance and Purchasing of Medical Equipment and Tools.
2. Construction and Rehabilitation of clean Water supply systems. E.g. Construction of Solar powered water supply for domestic and irrigation uses.
3. Opening and rehabilitation of Roads. E.g. Rehabilitation of the road from Kabvuma basic school to kanyuka village
4. Rehabilitation and upgrading of Kapakasa Basic School and purchasing of New Equipment for School.
5. Construction of Modern houses and toilets.
6. Construction of a New Electricity Network.
7. Supporting farmers in all aspects such as agriculture machinery like Construction of a Communal Solar Irrigation system and provision of Plants and Agricultural Supplies