The SAM Project is seeking interns to help implement a Rotary International-funded program of Rural Development in the Southern Province of Zambia. We are in the second year of the four year grant that integrates elements of clean water, nutrition training, animal rearing, and irrigated vegetable production to assist villages break the cycle of rural […]
The SAM Project (Sustainability through Agriculture and Micro-Enterprises) is a registered charity organization based in the Southern Province of Zambia. It enables sustainable solutions to local needs by employing a grassroots model of development, with focus on available resources and community oversight. The aim of the SAM Project is to match rural community needs to available expertise and resources. Working with partner organizations, the SAM Project promotes an incorporative approach to rural development, based on access to clean water, alternative agricultural strategies and nutritional education.
The SAM Project’s efforts in Zambia are governed by one over-riding principle, which was best stated by one of our partners: “when we pull the plug, we want the lights to stay on”. We use local resources and skills rather than depending on imported inputs and 1st world methods. Our interventions are based on principles of Positive Deviancy, which involves identifying the individuals in a community who have succeeded in overcoming the local challenges, and then providing a structure so that they can share their knowledge and skills with their peers and neighbours. We see ourselves as facilitators, helping ask the questions and assisting with access to the resources and skills that will provide answers.
We are looking for one or two energetic interns to work with us in Zambia for at least six months in 2015. Ideally, you would have some experience and training in some aspects of agriculture, but most important is that you are active, culturally-aware, and are motivated to help in the Developing World. We will […]
Starting in June 2014, SAM Project is implementing a comprehensive development program that is being funded by the good folks at Rotary International of Lincoln, Nebraska and Livingstone, Zambia. The 3 Year, US$150,000 program will conduct integrated plan of vegetable gardens, poultry flocks, water sources, goat breed improvement, and nutrition education, across 15 communities across […]
The SAM Project had another busy year in 2013, which was made possible by the hard work and financial backing of our friends, supporters and partners here in Canada and around the World. Lumbemba Cooperative members are recovering from drought and frost of the past two years Boer goats have arrived from South Africa to […]
Elaine O’Connor, from Vancouver’s Province newspaper, has recently published an e-book, called B.C. Without Borders http://tinyurl.com/BCborders which includes The SAM Project and our work in Zambia. Thanks so much, Elaine, and good luck with the book!
Last year, Lunungu Village of Musokotwane Chiefdom received a well, donated by Rotary International and drilled by Overland Missions. The well is located near a recently completed clinic with families eager to establish a community garden. The multi-faceted garden will fulfill many different roles within the community. It will demonstrate […]