The Livingstone 2013 Initiative
The Livingstone 2013 initiative was set up to establish links between the UK and Livingstone in Zambia through medicine, education and culture. It was launched to celebrate 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. Our work is continuing to ensure a lasting legacy moving forward from the bicentennial year. We aim to benefit the community, 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 international communities and institutions to work together, the initiative will develop more diverse knowledge and a better understanding of different cultures between people in the countries taking part.
In particular we seek to:
- Develop arts and cultural community events to stimulate tourism
- Create small-scale international development projects
- Involve and work closely with local, regional, national and international partners
- Raise awareness about Zambia both domestically and internationally
- 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.
- Create a lasting and sustainable legacy moving forward from 2013.
We are doing this by:
- Developing educational links between schools in the UK and Zambia through storytelling, art and music.
- Conceiving and implementing medical initiatives to provide a local resource that is lacking.
- Supporting 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.
- Initiating and developing international arts and cultural events and inviting surrounding countries to participate.
- Assisting broader development and international exchanges of information and practical assistance.
- Promoting collaboration between institutions from participating nations.
- Generating international media coverage.
Livingstone 2013 and The Bicentenary hit the news stands!
The publicity generated already both in the domestic and overseas media has been far greater than we hoped for – National Geographic Traveller, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, British Airways High Life Magazine SA, The BBC in the UK, BBC South Africa, Journeys magazine, The Zambezi Traveller and the inflight magazines of Proflight and South African Airlines, to name just a few. These articles and many more have set the tone for this exciting Initiative. To date we have achieved over US$ 500,000 worth of exposure with an estimated reach of 112 million people across 78 countries.
We have been incredibly fortunate to have had amazing support from our partners and sponsors both in Zambia and in the UK. They have enabled us to achieve more than we ever imagined and without their help and support, we would have achieved little. To date, we have raised over USD 35,000 through donations from the UK, which has gone directly into our main projects. We have received more than USD 142,000 in on-the-ground in-kind sponsorship from businesses, tour operators, government departments. We have been blessed with the help of many individuals who have and still are working with us to ensure that our projects are sustained and continue to help the communities where they have been established. Our thanks go out to all our friends and supporters. For the full list of partners and sponsors, please refer to our Commemorative publication.