Community-led development project

Development happens in communities.

In partnership with The Hunger Project(THP) and Heifer International, we are implementing the Vubwi Epicenter – a community-led Development Project(COLEDEP). Through this project, we are supporting 30 villages in facilitating the establishment of an Epicenter using the THP Epicenter Methodology in Vubwi District, Eastern Province.

The Epicentre supports people from the target villages in addressing various issues that affect them. The Epicenter building has a food bank, a general meeting hall, a rural bank, a clean water source, public latrines, a health center, food processing units, a youth friendly corner and classrooms.

Our role on the project is to demonstrate that young peoples play a constructive and meaningful role in community-led development. To complement the work being done by the other partners on this project, we are delivering a set of activities meant to show partners across Zambia that community development thrives on the energy and participation of the youth population. 

We facilitate advice, training and support for partners, as well as training and mentorship for young people. This mainstreaming approach is meant to ensure that youth participation and leadership is more sustainable. 

Our work on this project is delivered under the following three goals;

  • Create meaningful youth participation and leadership in Epicenter activities
  • Young people at the heart of community–led  development
  • Demonstrate Effectiveness

The youth engagement component is underpinned by the following goals;

  • Create meaningful youth participation engagement in Epicenter activities
  • Young people at the heart of community-led development
  • Demonstrate Effectiveness

This holistic, multisectoral approach to ending hunger unites young people who are clustered in villages to create an epicenter or a dynamic center where communities are mobilized for action to meet their basic needs through a series of interventions.

We are empowering a total of 3,200 households (approximately 16,000 people) to achieve Socio-Economic Self Reliance by 2023.