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Italian Non Governmental Organizations active in Zambia

Through an EU funded project ACRA CCS Zambia promotes initiatives aimed at improving the quality of education services in 26 community schools in the area of Chipata (Eastern Province),
It is also engaged in initiatives in support of disabled children and their families, in nutritional programmes and in activities for the improvement of living conditions.
Contact: Enrico Carretta

Africa Call
Established in 2007, as the counterpart of the Italian Ngo “L’Africa Chiama, Africa Call dedicates much of its work towards programmes in favour of persons with disabilities. In the Kanyama compound (outside Lusaka) it runs the Shalom Community School (grade one to twelve) providing education to over 900 students, amongst which many with disabilities; it also runs a clinic specialized in mother-infant treatment and a rehabilitation centre for the whole community. Africa Call also works with the Association of Pope John XXIII in Ndola in a programme involving nutrition and street kids’ rehabilitation. Africa Call’s mission is to offer services and support to the most vulnerable persons of society by promoting the development of community solidarity.
Contact: Stefania Lagonigro
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Since the year 200 Amani ONG gives support to the Koinonia community and the Mthunzi Centre for former street kids in Lusaka West. About 300 children have grown up in the centre thanks to the care of local staff and over 100 more children have joined. Education and health programmes are also promoted as well as vocational training courses (amongst which IT) for the families and communities of the area. A library, a secondary school and an agricultural school will open soon.
Contact: Giacomo D’Amelio

Association of Volunteer Missionaries
Association of Volunteer Missionaries built a primary school in Magazine compound, Chipata, in 2006, providing education to 300 orphans and vulnerable children. The school also provides a daily meal for the children.
Contact: Marco Sardella

Associazione Papa Giovanni XXIII
Since its first establishment in Zambia in 1985, the Association Pope John XXIII has been playing an important role in the Copperbelt, particularly Ndola and Kitwe, in promoting initiatives in favour of children, orphans, children with disabilities and the underprivileged in general. These include family homes, training and educational support, nutritional centres and youth centre. Amongst the Association’s self-sustainable long-term projects is the Gigibonta` ice-cream.
Contact: Gloria Gozza e Stefano Maradini (
(For Gigibonta` Icecram Giulia  Praolini )

CARITA` SENZA CONFINI (Repubblica di San Marino e Italia)
The latest NGO to register in Zambia (1st October 2015) Carita` Senza Confini organize long distance adoption for 500 children and run a nutritional and an educational centre. To self-sustain their activities they opened a bakery in Lusaka to sells baked goods on the market and distribute it to the poor people.
President: Rita Berardi
Director “San Marino Bakery” Marianna Lunardoni

CCS Italia
CCS has been operating in the District of Chipata, in Eastern Province since 2004. Through the Help CoDe Zambia its project it aims at increasing access to education and school attendance in 33 primary and secondary schools in the area through individual and collective incentives
Contact: Cristina Vitale

CeLIM has been active in Zambia since 1982, especially in cooperation with the Italian Episcopal Conference and the Diocese of Milan. Currently it operates in very diverse developmental projects ranging from education (early childhood and basic schools in Siavonga and Lusitu) and the Youth Community Training Centre in Livingstone to self sustaining initiatives like Olga’s Corner (an Italian restaurant and guest house); from biodiversity programmes aimed at reducing the rate of degradation of the environment and promote reforestation to “green economy” solutions for sustainable business in Mongu and Western Province.
Contact: Gianclaudio Bizzotto
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Chikuni Mission Hospital
Through  the dedicated commitment of an Italian volunteer doctor, Claudia Caracciolo, who is the Director,  the Chikuni Mission Hospital has grown from being a rural centre to a 1st level hospital in the last ten years. Apart from the general services rendered, her work focuses on prevention of HIV transmission and treatment, maternal and child intervention as well as strengthening of community linkages.
Contact Dr. Claudia Caracciolo

Comunita` di Sant’Egidio
Sant’Egidio is a well known NGO with a specific commitment for peace, dialogue between culture and religion as well as assistance and solidarity to the poor and marginalized. It has recently arrived in  Zambia and established communities in Chipata, Lusaka and other locations. Comunita` Sant’Egidio works closely with the Italian Episcopal Conference and the Catholic Church for an ecumenical dialogue embracing other religions.
Contact: Chembe Banda

CrescereInsieme Onlus – Twafane Association  
The Twafane Association, established in 2003, operates in the Copperbelt Province through an integrated social and health programme called Mayo-Mwana Project (mother-child), through nutritional, training and social initiatives (family homes) and agricultural programmes. Funding for the projects come from private citizens (through parishes) and public institutions from Regione Veneto through the NGO Crescere Insieme of Verona.
Contact: Cristina Fazzi

GuardAvanti: per il futuro dei bambini
The Italian organization "GuardAvanti: per il futuro dei bambini" – ONLUS”, co-operates in Zambia with the Sisters of Charity in implementing initiatives in favour of three community schools in Siavonga. It also works with the Comboni Sisters in Mongu in initiatives for combating deforestation through self-sustaining programmes and training in bio-agriculture and cultivation, transformation and sale of Moringa (Project Terramadre).
Contact: Maurizio Magli

In & Out of the Ghetto
The ONG, which was launched in Bauleni Compound in June 2012, runs a series of initiatives aimed at improving the social conditions of the inhabitants of the compound through educational activities, self-esteem boosting programs, assistance to the most vulnerable persons, arts and theatre and a hostel.
Contact: Diego Cassinelli  email

Liberato Zambia 2001 (Luanshya)
Since 2001, Liberato Zambia has been engaged, together with the Franciscan Missionary Sisters, in initiatives aimed at fighting malnutrition, monitoring growth and producing high energy supplement for under-nourished children.
Contact: Ricardo Madrid de la Barra Xavier

Missionary Group of Solidarity - We For Zambia      
Missionary Group of Solidarity – We For Zambia started its work in Luanshya in 2000 in providing education (from nursery to secondary level for over 2000 children), as well as health and social assistance. It runs a nutritional centre for about 200/250 children and distributes, on a monthly basis, food hampers to about 400 families in five compounds.
Contact: Maria Pia Ruggeri
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PAMO Onlus (Zambian Helpers Society)   
Family Home Project in Luanshya and Lukamantano School in Lusaka
The Italian NGO PAMO gives supports the medical and educational services offered by the Zambia NGO Zambia Helpers Association. It has build clinics and schools and covers long term operating costs.
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Contact: Giuseppe Volonterio  email

Sport2Build Zambia
Launched in 2006 in the district of Chilanga, Sport2Build’s vision is to empower underprivileged children and youth with effective tools to enable their psycho-social and physical development through sport. Apart from sporting activities, their initiatives promote health and hygiene, education, vocational training and economic development.
Contact: Matteo Sametti e Giorgia Marchitelli

Sharing Life
Active in Zambia since 1992, Sharing Life has implemented – with the support of three International Scientific Committees – a new and revolutionaty strategy to combat HIV/AIDS which lead to the adoption by the Zambian Government, in 2012, of the operating model “Universal Testing Treatment Teaching Action Campaign” in pilot districts of Chibombo e Luangwa. Sharing Life is also working on a programme of a assistance for the mentally disabled.
Contact:  Paolo Marandola

Slow Food is a world known movement which promotes social development through the enhancing of local produce.  Through Terra Madre, it supports local communities in 150 countries around the world that link the pleasure of food with a commitment to the community and the environment.
Slow Food has recently undertaken initiatives in Zambia where vegetable gardens have been established in Kafue district.
Contact in Italy: Emanuele Dughera 
Local Contact: Ceasar Katebe – Zambia Alliance for Women, Lusaka

SVI – International Voluntary Service   (Solwezi)
Since 2006 SVI has been engaged in an integrated development project that aims to improve agricultural sustainable techniques and to encourage the abandon of inadequate techniques, by offering organic and lasting solutions accessible for everyone. This approach draws attention to environmental topics, such as climate change caused also by deforestation and intensive land use. The project also aims to strengthen women's club role in their community as an answer of their lack of involvement in local society.
Contact: Stefano Verzelletti
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VPM - Voci del Popolo nel Mondo
VPM has just completed the “Kafue District Health preventive action - Community-based project on no-communicable-diseases” through which 18 rural clinics were opened in Kafue District which include three mobile medical services for pap-test, cardio-hypertension and diabetes. The project avails of the technical expertise of foreign interns, gynecologists and biologists who come to Zambia for short and long missions and who in turn train local personnel.
Contact: Gianluca De Vito