Education Urgently Desired

by Marsha Winsryg

they aren't allowed to grow food for themselves on a farm!

stuck on the farm, and it's not even theirs...

This Zambian family lives on a giant plantation farm owned by a foreigner, who barely provides shelter and does not allow them to grow any food for themselves except corn and pumpkins. They are too far out in the countryside to be able to go to school because they cannot afford transportation.

Last year their oldest daughter, paralyzed from birth, died of malaria. The AACDP had provided a wheelchair for her, which she had never had before. After her death, we sent money for the family to grow a small field of corn and pumpkins. When I visited them for the first time last January, they proudly took me to their lush crop of corn, interspersed with pumpkin vines.

When asked why they didn’t grow other vegetables for the family, they replied that it was not allowed.

This policy cannot be legal, but wealthy landowners are not required to treat their farmers fairly.

Has not been to schoolin three years


We want to find a sponsor for Peggy, who has not been able to attend school since sixth grade. She will need a tutor to help her catch up to her age group, and will need to board at a secondary school in Lusaka. This will cost about $1000 per year.

This is her only hope of climbing out of the cycle of poverty in rural Zambia.
We are small, we know the people we send money to. We know how to make sure the money gets to them securely and we monitor their progress, as can you. We take no part of your donation but support the AACDP  with craft sales and fundraising. You can email and write and receive letters and photographs.

Education provides self respect as well as sustainability, one child at a time.

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The Zambezi Doll Project

The Zambian Puppet Project

The Lusaka Ladies Quilting Project

The Mama Bakhita School for Disabled Children

Ad Art in Zambian Streets

Zambian Skies in the Rainy Season

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Zambian Craft Women

The Kabwata Cultural Village is a tourist craft market, where there are 15 traditional huts housing men’s crafts and one for women. It seems that it is very intimidating for women here to compete commercially with men. This women’s shop is a brave first initiative. The ladies insisted I sit in the middle of their hut/shop on a carved stool and I proceeded to describe the quilt project with the help of  photographs of other quilts. I explained that I wanted to create something that women from the US as well as from Zambia could share.

We figured out the size of the cloth panels we needed and proceeded to cut them out as I passed around a book of Haitian quilts to illustrate the kinds of quilts I wanted to make with them. I explained that I would bring the panels back to the US and assemble them there with the help of women interested in this project, and that I would sell it or auction it and send 1/2 of the money to them, the other half going to my non-profit, the AACDP.

Women kept drifting in and soon the room was humming with the peaceful energy of women making art among friends. They are a very chatty group, sometimes squabbling over use of the scissors. There were 25 or so women and only 4 pairs of scissors. I filmed them working and recorded some of their songs, and then left promising to return with more materials, because everyone wanted to make at least two.

Upon my return later that day, I was amazed to find them still sewing furiously, some doing very fine work, some crude. Proudly they displayed the completed panels.

Quilt panels

I have been working with these women thru Peggy Mwamba, my friend, Sydney’s aunt, because it is she with whom I have had some craft dealings over the past two years, after Beauty, the woman who organized for me previously, proved to be dishonest. I sense, from something Sydney said to me, that perhaps the other women are not entirely pleased with her leadership, but I know I can trust her. She is a calm, slightly humorless woman- perhaps not the most popular among them, but she speaks good English, though most of them do, and can manage email, which most of them don’t.

Peggy Mwamba