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Judith Kangoma-Kapijimpanga.

Mkushi poor get funding

CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
ABOUT 5,000 vulnerable communities in Mkushi district in Central Province will benefit from the US$20,000 additional funding provided by African-Asia Rural Development Organisation (AARDO).

AARDO secretary-general Wassfi Hassan El Sreihin confirmed the approval of the funds when he met Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga in New Delhi after the 70th session of the Liaison Committee of AARDO.
Mr Sreihin said the additional funding follows the initial money released in 2014 for the empowerment of rural communities.
This is contained in a statement issued yesterday by first secretary for press and tourism at the Zambian Mission in New Delhi Naviley Bangwe.
“The exercise has worked well in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development,” Mr Sreihin said.
He said Zambia has been an active participant in AARDO from the time it joined in 1992.
And Mrs Kapijimpanga praised AARDO for choosing Zambia for the implementation of its projects in its effort to promote south-to-south co-operation.
Mrs Kapijimpanga said the efforts of the country in joining international organisations is yielding positive results, especially that the project in Mkushi is targeting the poor.
She said the project will help alleviate poverty through assisting the vulnerable to engage in income generating activities.
She said AARDO has done commendable rural empowerment programmes in Shangombo where it built Kaleng School, and Kawamba where some gravel roads were worked on to improve accessibility.