Welcome to The Livingstone Initiative
The Livingstone Initiative is involved in a number of significant projects to bring extensive benefits to communities across Zambia. The Livingstone Initiative incorporates The David Livingstone Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 Initiative, whose name has now been dropped to bring up-to-date the work we are doing in Africa, particularly Zambia. It was launched in Zambia to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone and to mark his commitment to education, medicine and his stance against the Slave Trade.
Moving forward from the bicentennial year, our work continues to ensure lasting and sustainable legacy. We are a not-for-profit organisation working in with communities, businesses, the government and other organisations.
We aim to benefit communities, create new opportunities and help boost the local economy in Zambia through support not only from the UK but also from within Zambia itself. This is to ensure sustainability in future years.
We believe that by encouraging communities and institutions in both countries to work together to develop greater awareness, knowledge and a better understanding of the different cultures between people in our countries.
Dr David Livingstone is still highly regarded in many parts of Central and Southern Africa and particularly in Zambia. With a focus on this internationally well-known, historical figure, we have created a contemporary initiative which continues to benefit the people of Zambia and help raise awareness of this poor, yet peaceful and democratic African country.
In particular we aim to:
- Create and develop international development projects
- Initiate arts and cultural community events to stimulate tourism
- Develop educational links between schools in the UK and Zambia through storytelling, art and music.
- Conceive and implementing medical initiatives to provide a local resource that is lacking.
- Support the Anglican Street Children's Programme, by helping to build the first secondary school for vulnerable girls and orphans in a remote district of Zambia, where currently there is a prevalence of child marriages.
- Assist broader development and international exchanges of information and practical assistance.
- Involve and work closely with local, regional, national and international partners
- Promote collaboration between institutions and organisations from participating nations.
- Help boost the local economy for the benefit of the community
- Involve members of the community in order to co-ordinate efforts and achieve more together
- Forge closer links and exchanges of information between Africa and the UK to mutual benefit through education, health, culture, agriculture and tourism.
- Generate international media coverage to raise awareness about Zambia both domestically and internationally
- Create lasting and sustainable benefits moving forward.