Zambia

Zambia has benefitted from a great many of our school tours, building bridges between young people in both countries.

Country Snapshot

We’ve been busy in Zambia – here are a few facts & figures:

11

Years Strong

7

Locations

60,200

People Engaged

1200

Volunteers

32

Tours

19

Projects

Zambia is a landlocked country that, unlike most of its neighbours, has earned itself a reputation for political stability. As Africa’s second largest copper producer it has experienced rapid economic growth in the last decade but, with falling commodity prices and one of the world’s fastest growing populations, two thirds of Zambians are still living in poverty.

Raring to go!

After its conception in Uganda in 2002, TRT went on to test the “model” in Zambia, with the first Tour in July 2006. It very quickly became clear that the same appetite existed here for community-based grassroots rugby development, and in the early years our Tours focused on Lusaka and Kitwe – linking with the schools and rugby clubs in those towns.

Thriving volunteer network

We have no actual employees in Zambia, but our fantastic volunteers have proved what can be achieved. The success of these well-motivated, and well-coordinated, individuals has helped to direct our focus in Zambia – strong demand has led us to move on to new towns in order to create an inter-town Tag Rugby scene. As a result, we have been able to add Ndola, Chilanga, Luansha and Livingstone to our TRT map.

UK Schools have huge impact

Zambia has also proved to be a fantastic destination for UK school tours. To date we have had students from five UK schools (typically years 10 and 11), working as coaches in schools in and around Ndola, Luanshya, Kitwe, Lusaka, Kafue, Chilanga, Livingstone and and many other locally developed programmes. We are very grateful for all the local support provided by our partnership with Baobab College in Lusaka and Simba School in Ndola.

See how Woking High School got on…

A few photos too…

What’s going on…

Here are the latest posts from the country's Facebook page:

2 weeks ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zambia

Mark Richardson of UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Head of Office for Zambia has written an article on cholera and water security challenges in Zambia.

Mark wrote:

The recent outbreak of cholera in Lusaka and other towns around Zambia has been a tragedy. Our thoughts have been with those affected, families and communities that can ill afford such events. The outbreak, driven by poor water supply and sanitation, is something we should be able to banish permanently from Zambia’s borders.

Meanwhile, to the south, the city of Cape Town is showing us what growing water insecurity looks like – what many would not have believed possible - a major, well developed city can actually run out of water, exacerbated by the changing weather patterns associated with climate change. It is the most poor and vulnerable people that suffer most in such situations.
While southern Zambia has been unusually dry so far this seasons – with increasing concerns for the impact on agriculture and supply of energy - the north has seen higher than normal levels of rain which have caused floods that wash away vital infrastructure and livelihoods. Too much water, too little, not the right type.

These events all show how vital it is to our lives and economies and that we must prepare better for a future in which climate change will make such challenges even greater and more frequent. The UK Government in Zambia has actively supported the Government-led response to the cholera outbreak and we have recognised the good that has been done to bring the outbreak under control. But we know that however hard anyone tries in responding to an outbreak, it is merely a sticking plaster.

Cholera arises because people are living without proper water supply and sanitation. Long term solutions require better urban planning, enhanced infrastructure investment by government and affordable and practical solutions. But cholera is just one part of the battle. Ultimately we need to ensure water security which means universal access to water and sanitation for all, improved water resources management, and an equal focus on the needs of businesses that need water to grow and build the economy. Lusaka and Zambia will not thrive if businesses and farms are forced to move for lack of secure water supply.

So, as set out in the 7th National Development Plan, unless we consider these challenges holistically and recognise the linkages between them, we will fail to build a Zambia that fulfils the enormous potential we all know it has. Last week I met with the Honourable Minister for Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection. Aside from cholera and water supply we also discussed deforestation and the use of plastics in our society. Deforestation allows water sources to be threatened while plastics block drains and spoil rivers and oceans. All these things are connected.

That is why the UK is happy to support the Lusaka Water Security Initiative (LuWSi), for which the Minister for Water is the Patron, bringing together stakeholders from across the public, private and civil society sectors because only a multi-sector, multi-stakeholder approach can help solve these problems. And it is why we are happy to provide support to Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company and other stakeholders to deliver the planning and investments to make water security a reality.

The recent battle with cholera has demonstrated just one element of our complex relationship with water – we must recognise the broader picture, treat water with greater respect and take action before it is too late.

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Mark Richardson Head of Office - Zambia
UK's Department for International Development (DFID)
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3 weeks ago

Bulton Kalonga

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Rugby Pups
George Gregan joined us on tour in Zambia and has this message for all the Rugby Pups!

- 139 International caps for Australia
- World Cup Winner
- Born in Zambia

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3 months ago

Tag Rugby Trust Zambia

Two ex taggies to represent Zambia.Edmond & Melvin all ex Rhokana Primary School Nkana West.All the best lads.The coaches have announced their final squad travelling to the Dubai 7s this 1st and 2nd December. All the best to the team as they travel to Dubai tomorrow in preparation for the games! #ZambiaSevens. ... See MoreSee Less

Two ex taggies to represent Zambia.Edmond & Melvin all ex Rhokana Primary School Nkana West.All the best lads.

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Will post photos of Edmond & Melvin in the tag archives tomorrow.

Best of luck in Dubai. A great advertisement for Zambia Rugby and for the value ofan early start in Tag Rugby.

Those will join others from Uganda

Wow congrats 👍🏻

Kweri mzuri

Absolutely awesome ... good luck guys ... enjoy 🙂

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