International Development Projects
The Livingstone Initiative wishes to create a lasting legacy in Zambia through medicine, education, art, culture and tourism that would benefit the community through strong contacts in the UK and Zambia. To this end we set up three initiatives as part of the David Livingstone Bicentenary & Livingstone 2013 Initiative:
Livingstone Zambia-Scotland Medical Exchange – Improving Health
The Livingstone Initiative created a new opportunity for junior doctors to obtain further study and observership in the UK. This was achieved through the help of a retired Scottish paediatrician, The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Glasgow, The University of Glasgow, The Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Gartnaval Hospital in Glasgow. The first candidate flew to the UK in April 2014 for a three-month Clinical Attachment.
St Mary’s School, Zambia – Building a future
Father Katete of The Anglican Street Children’s Programme has long held a dream of building a school for vulnerable girls and orphans in a region of north-eastern Zambia, where girls currently face a future of little or no secondary education and are faced with the prospect of child marriage. The Livingstone Initiative stepped in, raised almost USD 35,000, and approached a leading British independent girls school, which brought 14 pupils out to Zambia to help build the new school during their school holiday in October 2013.
The Bird Exchange – Linking schools
A chance meeting in Scotland resulted in hundreds of children’s paintings of migrating birds being exchanged between 18 Scottish schools and 19 Zambian schools. The Bird Exchange Exhibition of Art, Storytelling & Music in Livingstone Museum, Zambia, showcased the fruits of this project in March 2014.