On Wednesday 25 April, as part of a two-week visit to Zambia, Rt Revd Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton visited Kapyanga West in Lusaka Diocese, a community supported by the Bath-based charity Send a Cow.
Bishop Ruth, who is travelling with parish representatives from across Somerset, spent time with women in the village sharing food and hearing their stories. She also met Caleb who is providing training in nutrition, hygiene and agriculture to 4,800 households in the area.
Bishop Ruth said, via social media, “An amazing day with some amazing women. And Caleb is a star! So much achieved in seven months. The key is starting with what people already have and helping them to develop, which is at the very heart of Send a Cow’s approach.
“He has shown the women how to build stoves and drying racks to keep clean pans from the animals, use tip taps for washing after using the basic toilet, gardening in maize sacks and chicken and goat rearing. The next step is providing processes for making oil and peanut butter.
“A sense of pride is being restored within these communities and these women and we experienced such wonderful hospitality and generosity; we were sent off with gifts of gourds, maize, bananas and a leg of fresh goat.”
Find out more about the work of Send a Cow in Zambia and join us at Wells Cathedral to celebrate the charity’s 30th anniversary on 28 June.
Bishop Ruth Worsley and Bishop Peter Hancock are in Zambia, along with 28 parish representatives from across Bath and Wells, to celebrate 40 years of the diocese’s companion link with the five Zambian dioceses.
The group are in small teams, each touring one of the dioceses of Northern, Eastern, Luapula, Lusaka and Central, staying with local hosts and absorbing and experiencing all they can of mission and ministry in a very different culture. The full list of participants is available here.
- You can follow the groups progress on Twitter with the hashtag #LiveLearnLink and view photo galleries of this life-changing experience on the diocesan facebook page and offer your prayers and thoughts in the comments.
- Be part of the 40th celebrations with your own Zambia Sunday or come along to the Bath and Wells celebration on 14 July in Wells Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace.