Western Province


Western Province

This encompasses the area formerly known as Barotseland in the colonial era. The geography of the province is dominated by the Barotse Floodplain of the Zambezi river. The Lozi are the major ethnic group in the province. The main tourist attractions are water sports and fishing on the Zambezi river, the annual Kuomboka ceremony and the annual Kazanga ceremony held in Kaoma District


This is the headquarters of Kaoma District in the Western Province.Kaoma is located approximately 600 kilometers (400 mi), by road, west of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. At Kaoma, the Great West Road meets the Kaoma – Kasempa Road. This location lies west of Kafue National Park.

TOUCH Ireland has the following completed projects in Kaoma


Judith House


The Cheshire Home was started by Cheshire – Zambia in response to the problems caused as a result of the HIV/Aids virus. There were so many infant orphans that extended families are no longer able to cope with the number of orphans left in their care. The first choice of the centre is to offer help to relatives of these orphans so that the infants may be reared in a home setting. The centre supplies milk and other necessities. When the relatives come weekly or monthly, depending on distance, they bring the infants so that their condition can be assessed. When the extended family are unable to care for the infant at home then the centre cares for them. The centre encourages the relative to come whenever they can so that the infant will get to know them and therefore keep up the family contact. The centre keeps the children until they can be placed back with relatives or in foster care. It really depends on the condition of the child and also the home circumstances. There is so much hunger in the villages that the children do not have enough food to eat so they quickly deteriorate. Unfortunately because of the condition of the infants that are received, the centre loses quite a few. With so many small infants they need a lot of staff for 24-hour care. At the moment there are approximately 150 children. The number seems to keep around that between admission death and discharge.

Judith House

Judith House was opened in May 2001
This was in response to the overcrowding of the main orphanage in Kaoma.
Judith House is styled on a traditional African family compound which consists of a number of buildings. The House is home for fifty children orphaned as a result of AIDS. They are accommodated in two dorms of which one is for boys and the other for girls.

Judith House has the following buildings;
Toilet and Showering Building, Kitchen and Dining Facility, Study House’ Volunteer House, Staff/Mother House and Laundry Area

The Cheshire Care Centre is administrated by a manager, Ms. Rita Tumbila on a day to day basis on behalf of the Cheshire committee.

The children are divided into three different centres that make up the KCCC.

  • Cheshire Main Orphanage
  • Judith House (Funded by TOUCH Ireland)
  • Boys Town


SEPO Drop in Centre – Kaoma

This is a registered organisation that launched in June 2004. Their  focus is on vulnerable children in the Kaoma District, Western Province, Zambia. The building of the centre was funded by TOUCH from 2002 to 2004.
Sepo specialises in the care of street and vulnerable children. The centre allows for first contact with children that are otherwise marginalised, on their own or living on the streets.  The centre provides counselling, care, training, recreation and temporary shelter for these children if required. It also provides a meal to the children attending the centre on an organised basis.
The centre is also running an agriculture training project. This project will enable the children to grow their own food by learning sustainable traditional methods of agriculture used in the villages. It will also provide a source of food for the children at the centre.
The members of the local community in conjunction with social services operate as a management committee to run the centre.
Their main problem would be lack of contact to funding organisations external to Zambia. As it is nearly impossible to fundraise within Zambia due to the conditions of poverty and HIV/Aids they are left with very little resources to implement change or improve conditions.
The centre is administrated by a manager on a day to day basis on behalf of this committee.

Visit to Sepo May 2013

Children’s Paediatric Wing – Kaoma

Kaoma district hospital was an old dilapidated structure, with insufficient room and equipment for the functions of a main referral hospital. This problem stems from the fact that, The 76 beds hospital was built in 1957 as a health center and in 1967 it was designed to be a district hospital.
The hospital consists of the main building, which contains the male and female wards, the laboratory, and the administration. Apart from this a children’s ward, which was used as isolation and TB ward in former days is situated on the rear of the site. The OPD is accommodated in a building used as the pharmacy.
The hospital had two wards that were used as the children’s wing. These wards were small, in a bad state of repair and congested most of the time due to diarrhoea and malaria cases. This coupled with the number of children suffering from HIV/Aids makes it a chronic situation. As a result the number of children being admitted was very high and the construction of a new and roomy paediatric wing would help thefuture care of these children.

Kaoma District Hospital management set up a Hospital Building Committee (HBC)and it was a representative of members of the community and hospital management. It oversaw the implementation of the project. This committee managed the funds, and other resources entrusted to them for purposes of completing the project.
This project took three years to complete. TOUCH also sent a container to provide equipment and other identified supplies to Kaoma to equip the wing as necessary. The Hospital opened its doors in late 2011.Now more children can be taken care of and maybe have some hope of survival. It will also enhance the quality of life of those children that at present get treatment at the Hospital.



Kaoma Paediatric Wing 2012

Watch Video Kaoma Hosapital 

Kahoma Hospital Wing 2013


Mongu is the capital of Western Province in Zambia and was the capital of the formerly-named province and historic state, Barotseland.
Mongu is situated on a small blunt promontory of higher ground on the eastern edge of the 30-kilometre-wide Barotse Floodplain of the Zambezi River running north-south, which in the wet season floods right up to the town. The city is 15 kilometres from the river’s main channel, to which its small harbour is connected in the dry season by a 35-kilometre route via a canal and a meandering channel. The whole region is flat and sandy, with the dry land generally no more than 50 m higher than the floodplain.

Whisper Infant Care Support Centre


This is a small registered community based organisation whose mission is to ensure that orphans and vulnerable children from birth to three and half years are given an opportunity to survive under acceptable living conditions in their homes by providing them with basic infant food and materials.


  1. Guarantee support to infant orphans or children whose parents are chronically ill.
  2. Involve the community to participate in general care of the vulnerable infants.
  3. Facilitate access to information, education and communication on various health and gender issues to   the local community particularly the families supported.
  4. Increase family’s awareness on strategies that address its poverty levels.

 Direct beneficiaries of the project

  1. Infants from birth to three and half years whose one or both of the parents particularly the mother died due to HIV/AIDS, maternal death or any other cause of death.
  2. Infants whose mothers are chronically ill.
  3. In extreme situations, infants may be considered for continued support up to five years if the family is still unable to provide the basic.
  4. Assistance to the families so that they develop strategies to break the poverty cycle through small grants and revolving funds for income generating activities.

Plan for proposed New Centre

TOUCH funded the construction of a new dedicated building for the Whisper Centre

The completed New WHISPER Centre

The mothers and children at the new centre


Visit to the Whisper Centre May 2013


The village of Mangango is situated 650 Km. West of Lusaka in the Kaoma District of the Western Province of Zambia. The area is Bush with arid conditions.

In Mangango there is no telephone or public transport service, however it does have limited hydroelectric power. Access is by 35 Km. dirt track off the main Lusaka to Mongu road through intense bush. The village services approximately 10,000 people in a radius of 20Km.  The village has grown up around a mission provided by the Daughters of the Redeemer. This mission provides a hospital, a leper centre and administrates three Community Schools.


Mangango Community Schools Projects
The three community schools, Kalundu, Namalazi and St. Joseph’s Community school together cater for approximately 900 children. These children come from the poorest families in the area and most are HIV/Aids orphans living with their Grandmother or extended family. If not for these community schools they would have no chance of education and therefore little hope for the future.
The present schools have been built by the local community with their limited resources (as can be seen from the photographs these schools are very basic) but none the less are operating effectively with six qualified and eight unqualified teachers

The Three original Schools in Mangango

The local Community committees  in each area. Their main problem would be lack of contact to funding organisations external to Zambia. As it is nearly impossible to fundraise within Zambia due to the conditions of poverty and HIV/Aids they are left with very little resources to implement change or improve conditions.

TOUCH Ireland with the support of the Naas Pastoral Council funded the construction of a New School Block at Mangango which is called St. Josephs’s School

Touch Agricultural Community Cooperative Farm Project
TOUCH ACC Farm Mangango

The focus of this project is on HIV/Orphans & Vulnerable Children to empower them to gradually be self-sustainable a process that could enable them re-integrate economically and socially in society.
Such assistance would help the people on humanitarian grounds by helping the people of Mangango to attain certain minimum standards of living in terms of food, clothing, shelter, nutrition and education.

For them, non existing income has been the measure of the problem of poverty in a material sense. The aim of this development is to improve their standard of living by generating incomes so that they can improve and sustain this quality of life.

Income Generated from this project would go to run the following:

  • Mangango Community Schools
  • Five Local Families



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