People’s Action Forum, established in 1994, works with communities in rural areas of Zambia. These are communities often left out of the development of infrastructure and services because they are remote and difficult to reach. People’s Action Forum supports community-based projects that are locally identified and managed, with a particular focus on women and children. It works with communities to improve five important areas of daily life: education, food security, health, economic opportunities, and awareness raising. It does so by training teachers, providing books and other learning and teaching materials to schools, offering adult literacy training, creating accessible water sources, and providing education for children, agricultural training, and greater awareness of HIV/AIDS with the goal of reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Zambia. The forum supports the digging of boreholes and wells, but this is just the beginning of an accessible and safe water supply. Maintaining the water supply, including preventing contamination by animals and humans, and creating distribution systems are also essential. A series of hands-on community workshops called WASHE focus on water, sanitation, health, and the environment, putting responsibility for ownership and care of the water supply into the hands of the community and providing its members with the practical tools and knowledge they need to do that well. Supported by the people of The United Church of Canada, People’s Action Forum is making a difference in the lives of rural Zambians. Please join me and continue to give generously for Mission and Service.
Mighty and tender God, through our gifts for Mission and Service we respond to your call to mend the world.