News from Africa!
On September 3rd Gwen Martinez and Jean Bowman will begin a two week trip to Zimbabwe and Zambia. Gwen, who was born and raised in Zambia, is a member of the Partners in Action Board. The PIA team will be joined by Dave Meyers who, as Executive Director of ZimZam Global, provides Pastoral and Leadership training in Africa and India.
The team will start in Zimbabwe with meetings to discuss agribusiness opportunities and to visit the Ebeneezer School. They will then travel to Monze in Zambia to review current out-grower cow-pea operations and our sewing enterprise. The team will move on to Namwala District where they will complete a Needs Assessment for community development, select a location for the Namwala Community Center, and visit the Namwala Veterinary Laboratory to review a program opportunity in partnership with Iowa State University.
In October Partners in Action and Mission Africa will be heading back to Nigeria to complete the Okouvwori Community Center and meet with local groups and community members to determine the programs that will be offered. The Community Center will provide training and education for a wide array of areas including entrepreneurship, health and wellness, agribusiness, and literacy. See our article below to understand Partners in Action’s Community Center-centric model for partnering with a community.