Zambia C.O.P.E Project

The Zambia C.O.P.E. Project:  

A joint effort of the Workers Education Association of Zambia (WEAZ) and Earth Charter US (ECUS)


The goal is to move people who live in rural villages of Zambia out of poverty without having to pass through the carbon economy, into what we are calling the contentment economy in one generation.

The Challenge:

Poverty in the rural areas of Zambia presents a significant environmental, health, social, and economic challenge. About 80% of Zambia's 10.2 million people live in the rural areas, an area about the size of Texas. The average yearly income is $250 American. 80% of Rural Households collect firewood as their main cooking energy. Only 35% of rural areas have access to a safe water supply. 68.5% of the rural people live in traditional houses. Subsistence farming is the main source of food, with the little surplus being sent to the government to feed the cities, yet that surplus approaches 90% of the urban food supply.

Our Solution:

To address this challenging situation, WEAZ and ECUS are forming the COPE Project (Community Action on Poverty and Environment) to address these challenges in three key areas.

     Cooking fuels
Using a model developed by Solar Cookers International, COPE will train two villages to use solar cookers to prepare their traditional meals. During those times when there is not enough sunlight, the villages will also be trained to use rocket stoves, made from local materials, which are highly efficient and require very little fuel.

Using a model developed in Namibia called the Otji Toilet, the same two villages will be trained to build sanitary waterless toilets out of local materials.

     Water pasteurization
The same two villages will be trained in water pasteurization techniques using a variety of appropriate load technology methods including solar heating.

If you want to see the entire proposal, click here.