Charity Begins At Home supports education, wildlife, land conservation, infrastructure and health programs impacting South Luangwa, Zambia. It is the charitable arm of The Bushcamp Company, a National Geographic award-winning safari lodge also located in South Luangwa. Donations from U.S. residents are collected through Friends of Charity Begins At Home, a 501(c)(3) registered charity, and distributed to responsible local organizations in South Luangwa that support the people, wildlife and sustainability of the region.
It costs $7,000 USD to dig a borehole that can provide clean water to an entire community for generations.
It is estimated that, in Africa alone, over 345 million people are without access to clean water.
Through borehole drilling, health education, and better access to medical support, Charity Begins At Home is helping improve many of the health services that most people would take for granted.
Commit to Clean Water Fund
- Drilling boreholes for community access to clean, safe water
- One borehole costs around $7,000 to construct, but benefits thousands of community members for generations
HIV and AIDS Training
- Kakumbi HIV & AIDS Nutritional Support Project
- HIV & AIDS education community theater projects
Kakumbi Community Clinic
- Long term funding for staffing, services and emergency response for the only rural medical health center in the region
Many local families cannot afford basic supplies. Helping reduce this financial burden is key to keeping local youth in schools.
By Grade 9 many girls have dropped out of school to help at home, with support like meals, dorms, and sponsorship, we can help keep girls in the classroom.
Staff reported a 40% increase in pupils’ ability to concentrate since implementing the meal program.
Through meal programs, scholarships, and infrastructure improvements, Charity Begins At Home takes a holistic approach to creating improved education opportunities for the community that serve their immediate needs while considering how these give long-term support.
Meal A Day Program
- Daily healthy meals for over 2,000 local students
- Student sponsorships for 350 local students
Chiwawatala Primary School
- Infrastructure support including clean running water, electricity and new facilities for 900 students
- Teacher salaries
- Student uniforms and school equipment
Mfuwe Day Secondary System
- New classrooms
- New dormitories for students from rural communities
- Improved facilities
Chilongozi Primary School
- Teacher salaries
- Staff housing
- Boreholes for clean water access
- Annual game drives for students
The drugs needed to de-snare and treat local wildlife are expensive, but critical for ongoing anti-poaching efforts.
Tree-planting projects engage local youth in the importance of conservation and support efforts to combat deforestation.
In a time of pressing environmental and social problems, Charity Begins At Home invests all donations into organizations working on the ground to protect the unique wildlife and ecosystem of Zambia’s Luangwa Valley.
- Anti-poaching and anti-snaring activities
- Human-wildlife conflict mitigation and training
- Wildlife research, surveys, collaring and monitoring
- Tree planting initiatives
Charity Begins At Home donations go a long way:
Helps feed a student through the Meal-A-Day Program
$50Pays for an anti-snaring day patrol
$100Pays for 50 seedlings for tree-planting
$250Pays for fees, books, uniform and shoes for one student for a year
$500Pays for the drugs needed to de-snare an elephant
$1000Pays for a rural student who boards at secondary school for a year
$7000Drills one borehole for clean drinking water for thousands