Kalomo duo to set up football league

By Edwin Mbulo in Livingstone

TWO Kalomo youths who have just returned from Norway plan to set up a football league for under 17’s in Kabanga area.

In an interview, Tandi Siavuta 26 and Edwin Habasonda 27 who recently returned from Norway on a Youth Sports Exchange Programme (YSEP) under Response Network a non-Governmental organisation based in Livingstone said they also plan to hold an Under 17football tournament. To be held in Kabanga in chief Siachitema’s area in Kalomo district.

“We want to form a football league for the youths especially those who are under 17 so that we can help promote the development of football in Zambia. We have noted that most of the football teams even in villages are more concentrated on adults,” Habasonda said.

He and Siavuta left for Norway last year on September 1st and returned on May 19.

He said while in Norway, they underwent football coaching programmes.

Habasonda said he was trained in football coaching in Akset while Siavuta was trained in football coaching in Steinkjer.

And Siavuta said she specialized in coaching people living with disabilities.

“After training, I did my training practicals with people living with disabilities between the ages of 12 and 14. I used to commute from Inderøy to Steinkjer,” she said.

She added that at first it was a challenge to coach football to people living with disabilities but soon adopted.

Siavuta said she would love to continue training people living with disabilities in Zambia.

Norway and Zambia has been running the YSEP programme with the collaboration of Response Network under the assistance of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF).

(l to r) Edwin and Tandi at Response Network office in Livingstone on June 6, 2018

(l to r) Edwin and Tandi at Response Network office in Livingstone on June 6, 2018

 

Brilliant Lstone girl seeks funding to study medicinet

As published by The Mast Newspapers, Zambia on Sunday June 3, 2019

SHE has seven distinctions in Mathematics, English, Science, Biology, Geography, Commerce, Food and Nutrition at grade 12.

But opportunities for the 21-year-old Livingstone girl to study medicine hang on a thread unless she gets over £10,300.00 financial assistance. This is the story of Tivwale Nyirenda of Livingstone’s Maramba Township who needs over £10,300 to study medicine. In this interview, the emotional Tivwale  promised that if assisted, she would use her career to empower other vulnerable girls who could not access educational funding to attain their dreams.

“I want to be helped so that I can go to university and pursue a career in medicine. If assisted, I will ensure that I assist
others like me get financial help to pursue their dreams,” Tivwale says.

She  says her mother, Astridah Zulu Nyirenda,   has been to various private and public institutions in a quest to get help but to no avail. Tivwale says  her  effort to get financial assistance from Response Network,  a non-governmental organisation working in Livingstone, Kazungula, Zimba and Kalomo, that is currently assisting vulnerable girls attain their education also hit a snag as the organisation is this year only assisting Grade one vulnerable children.

She says life for her and her two younger siblings is not easy as her mother, a house maid, is not financially stable. Tivwale, who was with her mother during the interview, says she would dedicate most of her time attaining her dream to be a medical doctor.

“I want to dedicate my free time as a volunteer and also strive to offer scholarships to other vulnerable girls and also offer ideas on how to improve rural health care delivery to the government instead of just relying on mobile hospitals that are currently being used,” she says.

Tivwale,  who was born in Mufulira on December 9, 1997, did her primary education at Namatama Primary School  in Livingstone where she scored Southern Province’s second highest mark  at Grade 7 and was selected to go to St Josephs Secondary School where she wrote her Grade 12 examinations in 2015. Holding back tears, she says attempts to get government bursaries had failed.

Tivwale has an acceptance letter from Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK to study health sciences effective September 2018, but needs to raise the fees as the university has only awarded her a £ 1,200.00 scholarship. Nyirenda also has valid International English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirements issued by the British Council in Lusaka with an
overall band score of 7.5. And her mother, Astridah, says she has been to the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Finance, Home Affairs and the Bursaries Committee only to receive assurances of possible assistance.

“I have tried all avenues apart from State House but I only receive assurances. My fear is that she is growing up and if no assistance for her to pursue her studies comes soon, she will not attain her dreams. I am a house maid and I can’t afford to meet her university requirements in terms of fees. I don’t want her to miss this chance of wanting to be a medical doctor,”  says Astridah.

A World Bank report reveals that girls’ education is about ensuring that girls learn and feel safe while in school; complete all levels of education with the skills to effectively compete in the labour market; learn the socio-emotional and life skills necessary to navigate and adapt to a changing world; make decisions about their own lives; and contribute to their communities and the world. The World Bank adds that poverty remains the most important factor for determining whether a girl can access an education.

Tivwale

Tivwale at Response Network

 

Sport can empower girls to fight poverty – Sonko

As published by The Mast Newspapers Zambia on May 25, 2018
Sport can empower girls to fight poverty – Sonko
A 31-YEAR-OLD sports facilitator says sports can be used to empower young girls to fight poverty.
Annet Nakiwala Sonko from Response Network says the organisation will embark on a project starting next year until 2020 to empower girls and young women with sports and entrepreneurship, and life saving skills.
In her power-point presentation at the just ended International Working Group for Women in Sport (IWG) and after attending a Women Sports Leadership Academy (WASL) in Gaborone, Botswana from May 14 to 20, Sonko said Response Network was adding a component of entrepreneurship and life saving skills to sports to help young girls become self-reliant.
“We at Response Network are aiming at empowering girls and young women with sports, entrepreneurship and life saving skills so that they can be self-reliant. These will help young girls to develop personal and social decisions that help them come out of poverty, have self direction and respect for one another,” Sonko said.
She noted that Response Network works in Kazungula, Zimba and Kalomo districts where girls and young women do not have the necessary knowledge and platform to articulate their challenges with regards to sport, entrepreneurship and life saving skills.
“We work in areas where young girls and women do not have a space to express themselves and participate in leadership programmes and are not given platforms to apply their entrepreneurship skills. So beginning next year until 2020, we will embark on a project to empower girls and young women with sports, entrepreneurship life saving skills so that they can be self-reliant,” said Sonko.
“We basically want rural girls and young women to have the ability to articulate and practically apply and encourage entrepreneurship skills amongst their peers and families. Since young girls and women in the rural areas are farmers, it is very important for them to have entrepreneurship skills that will help them realise their potential to start up save and borrow groups through sports and life skills.”
In her abstract to the WSLA and IWG, Sonko indicated that young people are the fastest growing segment of the population in Zambia and their welfare is fundamental to achieving key economic and social goals

Annet

Annet Sonko

DAPP comes to Mwandi women’s aid

Story as published in The Mast Newspapers-Zambia on April 14, 2018

DEVELOPMENT Aid from People to People and Response Network is helping vulnerable women in Livingstone’s Mwandi township fight poverty by saving and lending each other money for small scale businesses in a system known as Self-Help Groups.

The Self-Help Groups or SHGs in short are a community based financial intermediary committee usually composed of 10–20 local women or men; however, a mixed group is generally not preferred.

According to Joseph Daka, who is Response Network (RN) DAPP facilitator, the concept of SHGs is to end poverty by empowering women and developing leadership abilities among poor and needy people.

In Livingstone’s Mwandi township, DAPP and RN have established SHGs under the Zambia Family South-Central programme known as ZAMFAM.

Hope Action SHG coordinator Clare Mbuzi says the group has 23 registered members but  only 20 were very active.

“We have two male members in our group and from January to date we have saved a total of K8,871,50 out of which K1,511 has been given out to members on a credit scheme,” Mbuzi says.

She adds that members occasionally make follow-ups as to encourage them to be active.

Mbuzi adds that through DAPP and RN, they have learnt how to write financial reports, and have enacted their own constitution.

“Apart from writing financial statements, we have also been educated on how to solve problems. One of the problems we have managed to sort out is the issue of meeting attendance as some members used only to come for meetings when they have personnel problems, but we have educated them that they can even come for a meeting when they don’t have money to pay for savings and that they can pay later,” Mbuzi says.

“Out of the SHG clubs we have been empowered to manage our homes financially and also be able to take our children to school. We even encourage each other over our businesses and with every borrowing, one has to pay back the money with 10 per cent interest.”

And Luckness Katanga, coordinator of the Tugwashane (which in Tonga literally means ‘let’s help each other’), says she personally never used to do anything apart from being at home and waiting for her husband to provide for her family’s requisites.

Katanga says she now makes fritters which she sells to pupils and the general community.

She adds that her SHG has managed to save K2,480 after being trained in SHG concepts by DAPP and RN.

Katanga says K1,900 has been loaned out to her members who have to re-pay the loans with 10 per cent interest.

“We are 16 in our group and all have individual businesses and we help grow each other’s business by encouraging each other or through the provision of customers,” she says.

“We also have been taught on how to write in a coordinated manner and have also enacted our own constitution which must be followed by all members.”

And federation SHG coordinator Gertrude Simombela says her group has 14 active members and has since January raised K9,500.

She says the group had learnt a lot from DAPP and RN in terms of poverty eradication through savings and borrowing.

Simombela adds that like all the other clubs members have to pay K2 Social Fee which is used to cover expenses for general emergencies of a group member such as illnesses or funerals.

She says like all clubs, K10 monthly contribution is paid towards the growth of the SHG income which is given out as loans to members once they have repaid the outstanding credit.

“We all have a system of paying K10 as monthly contributions to the SHG pool fund and K2 every week as social fee. The clubs have all decided that we should be meeting once in a week so the Social Fee is paid at every meeting session. We have a leadership committee which includes a treasurer for accountability,” Simombela says.

She adds that each group is able to raise different amounts of money depending on membership and credit repayment rates.

Simombela says a lot of women in Mwandi are widowed or single mothers and that the introduction of SHGs has greatly mitigated poverty and helped reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

“A lot of women are widows and so the SHG system is a best means of one getting an income…we however, would be very happy if these groups can be assisted with an extra income either from DAPP, RN or any individual or organisation so as to help increase the capital base for the Save and Borrow System, so that we can also increase the amounts of loans we get which will in turn help us grow our small-businesses,”
Simombela says.

At the meeting, Lusumpuko’s SHG coordinator was not present to give the
vital statistics of the club.

And DAPP ZAM-FARM Livingstone project leader Abyshy Hachiwa says the women, armed only with knowledge from DAPP and RN, managed to be self-sustaining despite the low savings that they faced.

He also promises that DAPP will assist the SHGs by putting up a children’s playpark in Mwandi, resources permitting.

Mwandi SHG members

Mwandi SHG members

 

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Story as published in The Mast Newspapers-Zambia on May 16, 2018

LIVINGSTONE is improving with each national Judo league tournament, says Judo for  Fred coach Mama Hamoonga.

In an interview, Hamoonga said three players had won winning in their categories at the just ended contests held in Lusaka on Saturday. He said the next national league tournament will be at the Youth Community Training Centre (YCTC) in Livingstone on May 26.

“The lads are improving on a daily basis and with each national league tournament held the standards are getting higher and higher. I am happy that Felet Musonda who won the fight in the 44 kilogramme category has made it to the national team,” Hamoonga said.

She added that in the 30 kilogramme category Livingstone’s Judo for Fred judokas ended up fighting each other with Tabo Sitali losing to his team mate Fred Musonda.

“In the -25 kilogramme category Morrison Mwachiyaba was first while William Mulenga lost in the semi-finals of the 55 kilogramme category,” Hamoonga said.

She further noted that William Mulenga lost in the 55 kilogramme category while Costic Mainza and Mufalari Swembo all lost in their first fights.

Judo for Fred is financed by Norwegians through a non-governmental organisation Response Network.

Hamoonga further appealed to all Livingstone residents to turn up in numbers on May 26 to watch the national judo league at YCTC in Libuyu Township.

Response Network's Joseph Daka

Response Network's Joseph Daka


L/stone improving in Judo – Hamoonga

Story as published in The Mast Newspapers-Zambia on May

LIVINGSTONE is improving with each national Judo league tournament, says Judo for  Fred coach Mama Hamoonga.

In an interview, Hamoonga said three players had won winning in their categories at the just ended contests held in Lusaka on Saturday. He said the next national league tournament will be at the Youth Community Training Centre (YCTC) in Livingstone on May 26.

“The lads are improving on a daily basis and with each national league tournament held the standards are getting higher and higher. I am happy that Felet Musonda who won the fight in the 44 kilogramme category has made it to the national team,” Hamoonga said.

She added that in the 30 kilogramme category Livingstone’s Judo for Fred judokas ended up fighting each other with Tabo Sitali losing to his team mate Fred Musonda.

“In the -25 kilogramme category Morrison Mwachiyaba was first while William Mulenga lost in the semi-finals of the 55 kilogramme category,” Hamoonga said.

She further noted that William Mulenga lost in the 55 kilogramme category while Costic Mainza and Mufalari Swembo all lost in their first fights.

Judo for Fred is financed by Norwegians through a non-governmental organisation Response Network.

Hamoonga further appealed to all Livingstone residents to turn up in numbers on May 26 to watch the national judo league at YCTC in Libuyu Township.

 

CBR calls for education of children with disabilities

Story as published in The Mast Newspapers-Zambia on Sunday, May 20,2018

COMMUNITY Based Rehabilitation (CBR) senior advisor Alick Nyirenda has said intellectual and developmental disability must be dealt with.

And Nyirenda says there is need to take education to children especially those living with disability.

Meanwhile, International coordinator for Occupational Therapy at the Actic University of Norway Marriane Olsen says another
set of several student nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists will be arriving in Livingstone in September and in
January for 13-week attachments to the Livingstone Central Hospital, CBR and Response Network.

Speaking during a meeting with representatives of the Arctic University of Norway in Livingstone, Nyirenda said there is need to focus on inclusive development when dealing with issues of disability.

“We have noted that there is failure to address the needs of intellectual or development disability (mental health) and there is
need to find interventions…in 2008, we noted that there was a fragmentation in the Community Based Organisations (CBO’s) dealing with disability as they were doing the same work and umbrella bodies were unable to get Norwegian funding, so we started with an
organisation called Opportunity Zambia which offered small grants of US$5,000,” Nyirenda said.

He added that after that, 800 volunteers were trained in basic skills to work with people living with disabilities.

Nyirenda said the CBR programme was being modelled into what was known as Community Based Inclusive Development (CIBD) so as to move away from mere rehabilitation using health which was being used under the CBR initiative.

“So there is an expansion to include inclusive development, we want to develop a CBR model for Zambia and we want to include inclusive educational model and package it,” Nyirenda said.
“We have six model schools and we need to provide inclusive sports and we have done modifications to toilets, water and sanitation so as to improve hygiene in each school with people living with disability.”

He further called for attention to social protection and health issues for people living with disabilities.

“We also want to get the school to the child, this home based education is a best way of dealing with community based interventions for PLWD,” Nyirenda said.
Response Network deputy director Mutukwa Matengenya says poverty reduction can be achieved if communities take up self-help initiatives instead of depending on aid. Mutukwa said Response Network which works in Kazungula, Livingstone, Zimba and Kalomo helps village communities be self-sustaining in skills; gender based violence, literacy clubs and also deals with PLWD.

L-r: Åse Bårdsen, Marianne Olsen and Anne Gerd Karlsen from the Actic University of Norway-Picture by Edwin Mbulo

Olsen who was accompanied by Åse Bårdsen a physiotherapist and Anne Gerd Karlsen a public health nurse at the Actic University said the students will be in Zambia to see how best they contribute to well being of rural communities in Zimba, Kalomo or Kazungula.

 

Norwegians to cycle for L/stone sports complex

As reported by the Mast Newspapers

Norwegians to cycle for L/stone sports complex
By Edwin Mbulo in Linvingstone on March 1, 2018

SEVEN Norwegians based in Livingstone will in April cycle over 600 kilometers from Lusaka to raise money for a multi-purpose sports complex to be built at the SOS Village in the tourist capital.
In an interview, chief organiser Raymond Bommen said 40,000 Norwegian Kroner (approximately K50,000) had so far been raised for the effort.
“We will be cycling from Lusaka to Livingstone on April 9, covering distances of 100 kilometres on a daily basis, for five days and our target is to raise K120,000, which is about 100,000 Norwegian Kroner. We intend to build a multi-purpose sports facility at SOS here in Livingstone which will help in sports development,” he said.
The other cyclists are Kristina Anthall, Gina Bakke Bolstad, Fulie Berg, Sofie Rasmussen, Preciosa Lurås and Haakon Schiøtz.
Bommen said the K50,000 raised so far was from friends and organisations in Norway, adding that the team was appealing for support from Zambian business houses and individuals.
He said Livingstone needed a multi-purpose sports facility.
“We noted that we needed a sports facility that can be accessible to every child, non-governmental organisations, schools and others at no fee. We also needed it to be secure in terms of security for 24 hours, so we decided to have it at the SOS Village here in Livingstone and the SOS will budget for the maintenance of the facility,” said Bommen

Transport initiative in Africa

TRANSPORT INITIATIVE: Some parts of Southern Province parts of Zambia have in the past few days been experiencing heavy rainfall activities which have made some roads especially in rural areas of Kazungula, Zimba and Kalomo districts were Response Network operates impassable.
This on Tuesday (February 27) led to Norwegian students to abandon the luxury of the Toyota Rand Cruise for an Ox-drawn carriage to Nampongo village.
Picture-courtesy Biemba Mubanga, Response Network transport officer

Transport

Initiative; under the challenge of impassable roads to vehicles

Judo for Fred attracts youths

TWENTY-ONE youths have joined the Livingstone Judo Club administered by Response Network bringing the total number to 379. During a by-weekly Response Network staff briefing, Hilary Mutemwa who is the organisation’s deputy Judo coordinator, said the youths have since commenced training every Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays at Maramba Community Hall in Livingstone, Zambia’s tourist capital.

Judo

Judo for Fred attracts youths

“In our continued effort to improve Judo, we have intensified our recruitment drive among the youths; we have managed to capture 17 boys and four girls who have joined our team. The total number of judokas is now at 379,” Mutemwa said. He added that the club which operates under the name Judo for Fred (which means ‘Judo for peace’ in Nordic) will soon embark on a belt-upgrading activity. Mutemwa said Judo for Fred has also intensified training for the National League Tournament scheduled to be held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka on March 10. And National Sports Council Southern (NSC) Provincial Sports Advisory Committee secretary general Amos Macha has praised Response Network for helping develop sports in rural parts of Kazungula, Zimba and Kalomo. “Response Network is doing very fine in rural sports development, but we need many more to come on board. The major challenges we face is sports development. We have a lot of talent but due to lack sponsorships a lot of sports disciplines such as volleyball and basketball have suffered. These sports disciplines are virtually non existence,” he said. Macha added that basketball, badminton and netball teams from the Copperbelt or Lusaka fail to travel to Livingstone for off-season trainings because there are not local teams to play with.