Join CWB in supporting World AIDS Day on December 1st!
The CDC estimates that there are 600,000 AIDS orphans in Zambia.
Please visit the World AIDS Day website for more information.
Approximate dates: June 28, 2016 – July 15, 2016
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2016
Highlights from our trips:
For more information, contact Amy Archibald at Communities Without Borders,
Communities Without Borders has been selected as a 2015 Top Rated Non Profit by GreatNonProfits.org! You can find our page at https://greatnonprofits.org/org/communities-without-borders-1. Here’s a selection of some of the reviews we’ve received.
My wife and I took two trips to Zambia this year to look for community schools that serve only AIDS orphans and vulnerable children. We visited many schools and were greeted with such friendly welcomes and respect everywhere we went. At the end of the summer when our self-funded service volunteers and board members returned, we selected two schools with which we will build relationships. They each have over 300 students. All the students are AIDS orphans or vulnerable and a few are handicapped. We plan to work with the community to increase the quality of the education the children receive eventually making these schools models for other schools in Zambia.
Communities without Borders enables children to get educated under the most dire circumstances. They are typically aids orphans, living in compounds in sub-Saharan Africa, largely Zambia, who have no stable family or access to needed resources. CWB helps with health, nutrition, etc. as well as the obvious items like school fees and uniforms that are essential to get educated. Sponsored children have achieved better exam results as CWB and its partners have become more experienced.
I went to Zambia in 2012 with my 16-year old son. What touched me most was the warmth and kindness of all the people there. The children are wonderful and excited to see us. They just crawl into your hearts.
I have been connected to Communities Without Borders for the past seven years. I initially went on a summer trip back in 2009 as a way to get to Africa, which had always been a dream of mine. After my first trip, I was forever moved by my experiences. I was so impressed with the children, caregivers, and teachers and the obstacles that they overcome on a regular basis. It is amazing to see the improvements and contributions that CWB has been able to provide to assist with education, health, and psycho-social supports which are extremely important to being successful. I’m so proud to be a part of such a great nonprofit.
I had the pleasure of traveling with Communities Without Borders to Zambia in 2005 to conduct needs assessments, provide educational assistance and build infrastructures for new latrines and homes in several villages (e.g. Choma, Mendevu, Garden, Linda, Chwama). As a rising senior in High School, the opportunities I had to meet with rural tribal leaders, the children in these villages, and educational leaders working on HIV/AIDS prevention was incredibly inspiring. My experience with many families who were malnourished and afflicted with AIDS was so powerful that it formed my motivation to pursue an MPH degree and attend medical school 6 years later. Dr. Bail is a true humanitarian leader, compassionate, kind and a role model for all. I highly recommend Communities Without Borders and becoming involved with this nonprofit at any level possible.
Going on a trip to Zambia with our family was one of the best decisions I have ever made for a family vacation amongst the 20 years of my planning family vacations! We worked together every night planning with our CWB volunteer group the lessons for the following day in the Zambian community school supported by CWB, taught in the classrooms, built blackboards, bookshelves and latrines, and played, danced and sang together with the children in the schoolyard. I saw our daughter learn first hand about real poverty, lack of access to education, healthcare and nutrition and it changed her and all of our lives in immeasurable ways! Among other things, I joined the CWB Board, our daughter majored in public policy in college and my husband began selling donuts at church to raise money for CWB! The experience has most certainly deepened our relationships as well, made us closer as a family and given us fresh new perspectives on the difference we can make as helpers in this world, calls to action we can take to make difference for the less fortunate and created memories we will forever cherish!
Communities Without Borders is a wonderful example of what can happen when a small group of leaders — in this case, the organization’s founders, lead by Boston physician Dr. Richard Bail — maintains a passionate, human, connection to a cause and an outcome. I worked as a volunteer for this organization for roughly ten years (1995-2005) and watched as they worked to help AIDS orphans in and around the capital of Zambia to have sufficient food and security to begin attending neighborhood and government schools. Some of the students in their program have already graduated, now, from college! An important component of CWB’s work is to get groups of people to visit Zambia and complete service projects with the children and their caregivers. In this way, CWB creates companion communities in the U.S. that sustain support for these vulnerable people year after year. CWB is a marvelous organization that is always looking for additional help!
I have been volunteering with CWB and its activities in Zambia, southern Africa since my trip (first of 9 trips) in 2006. We have come to know people in a very special way, and can see first hand how our efforts help children get a much needed education, that will benefit the country..This also benefits those who travel there, students and older. I have heard 1 US student on the trip, who made a point of chatting with everyone he met, say, “I’ll never take middle class life for granted any more” when he saw how hard everyone works. Also, after talking with our bus drivers, teachers , add others there, I asked what they think of us coming, (for example did we appear to be telling them what to do , or feel that we don’t respect what they try to do), the answer was “Just don’t forget us.” .I feel I have received far more than I have given. It’s a moving experience for everyone, and I’m grateful to be associated with CWB.
I remember well waiting in line at the Lusaka airport ready to board the flight home — first stop London and then on to Boston. Suddenly a Zambian woman I had met briefly ran up to me, gave me a big hug, and cried out, “please don’t forget us.” I was stunned and speechless. I had just completed certainly the most memorable two weeks of my life – visiting children left orphaned from the HIV-AIDS scourge; being greeted by aunts, grandmothers and sisters who were caring for the children; watching young adults from Boston singing songs and bringing joy to the children; and working with on-the-ground medical and educational services to etch out some hope for a better life and future for these children. Forget? I don’t think so. What I was thinking was what can I do for the children when I return to Boston and how soon can I get back to Zambia.
I had an extreme desire to help in some small way AIDS orphans and thus wanted to make a trip to Africa to try to do so. CWB offered me this opportunity and members of my church as well. Through 6 years of trips I have become very attached to several in several communities surrounding Lusaka and will return this next summer to see and work with them once again. I am so very proud of the growth they have made and the improvements in their communities my church, Pilgrim Congregational Church in Lexington has supported and made possible. Additionally I am thrilled with the growth of several teachers I have had the opportunity to work with through time and one very special young girl who is to pass her exams this year. I have been blessed to have been involved with CWB.
Girl-child education has been a priority for years. We know that it improves the health and economic well-being of the mother and her child. So, it is such a pleasure for me to observe that directly, each summer when I return to Zambia. This year while visiting a random classroom in a Lusaka High School, a young woman broke into a broad smile and ran up an embraced Amy Archibald. Amy is the CWB Chief Operating Officer, but she had known this girl for many years in her role as a volunteer teacher in Garden Compound. This is one girl who is off on the right track!
I went to Zambia with CWB way back in 2005 and it was an unforgettable experience!
My wife and two adult daughters came with me on a CWB-coordinated trip a month ago, and it has changed all our lives. We were volunteers, helping schools operating on a shoe string, in the poorest neighborhoods of one of the world’s poorest nations, Zambia. Much of the age 20-40 generation is missing entirely, a result of the AIDS epidemic. In a nation now numbering 14m people, the 24-year combined death toll from AIDS has been 1.35m. About 35% of the entire population is under the age of 11, many of them living as second-class members of the households of distant relations, or in households headed up by minors, or in no home at all. The government schools are insufficient to cover the needs of all those children. Even the $100/year cost for books, shoes, uniforms and fees to a government school is impossible for these kids and their families. So about 3000 “community schools” have sprung up, operated by volunteers. The schools that CWB supports with money, in-kind donations, and volunteer work are a carefully chosen few of these community schools. CWB has only one paid staff member, a former teacher from one of their community schools, who coordinates things and monitors to ensure the proper spending of the CWB contributions to the schools. The rest of the work is done by a cadre of incredibly dedicated volunteers in the US, some of whom travel each year to Zambia to visit the schools, create and maintain the necessary relationships, and even pitch in with the nuts & bolts work of operating the schools. One of my daughters helped with teaching and running health clinics; one daughter was the official trip photographer, and my wife helped run clinics and “Tree of Life” workshops for teachers and health workers. I helped with fixing broken desks, painting buildings, and establishing ties with local leaders. The Zambians themselves are the ones who do most of the work of daily teaching and caregiving for the orphans and other children at risk, though. It is a perfect partnership of people on both sides of the pond doing what they can to extend a hand of help to some of this world’s neediest children. Although the sex-breakout is roughly 50-50, special attention is given to girls, who have often suffered additional trauma and who need additional support to stay in school and succeed. One of the appealing things to me about CWB is that a donation of only $100 pays for a child to attend a full year of school. Try finding a cost-benefit ratio like that anywhere else!
A small nonprofit with a very small staff, Zambian women groups and energetic working volunteer board making the most of every dollar donated to support the education of 1,500 AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in the poor communities surrounding the capital city of Lusaka, Zambia.
My wife and two adult daughters came with me on a CWB-coordinated trip a month ago, and it has changed all our lives. We were volunteers, helping schools operating on a shoe string, in the poorest neighborhoods of one of the world’s poorest nations, Zambia.
Much of the age 20-40 generation is missing entirely, a result of the AIDS epidemic. In a nation now numbering 14m people, the 24-year combined death toll from AIDS has been 1.35m. About 35% of the entire population is under the age of 11, many of them living as second-class members of the households of distant relations, or in households headed up by minors, or in no home at all.
The government schools are insufficient to cover the needs of all those children. Even the $100/year cost for books, shoes, uniforms and fees to a government school is impossible for these kids and their families. So about 3000 “community schools” have sprung up, operated by volunteers. The schools that CWB supports with money, in-kind donations, and volunteer work are a carefully chosen few of these community schools.
CWB has only one paid staff member, a former teacher from one of their community schools, who coordinates things and monitors to ensure the proper spending of the CWB contributions to the schools. The rest of the work is done by a cadre of incredibly dedicated volunteers in the US, some of whom travel each year to Zambia to visit the schools, create and maintain the necessary relationships, and even pitch in with the nuts & bolts work of operating the schools. One of my daughters helped with teaching and running health clinics; one daughter was the official trip photographer, and my wife helped run clinics and “Tree of Life” workshops for teachers and health workers. I helped with fixing broken desks, painting buildings, and establishing ties with local leaders.
The Zambians themselves are the ones who do most of the work of daily teaching and caregiving for the orphans and other children at risk, though. It is a perfect partnership of people on both sides of the pond doing what they can to extend a hand of help to some of this world’s neediest children. Although the sex-breakout is roughly 50-50, special attention is given to girls, who have often suffered additional trauma and who need additional support to stay in school and succeed. One of the appealing things to me about CWB is that a donation of only $100 pays for a child to attend a full year of school. Try finding a cost-benefit ratio like that anywhere else!
You can find our 2015 trip blog at http://www.cwbzambia2015.blogspot.com/
Join us for the Summer 2015 Trip to Zambia!
June 26 – July 13
The trip offers a unique small group multigenerational experience for youth mid-teens and older. Many-time Zambia traveler and teacher Amy Archibald and CWB Healthy Learner Program originator Dr. Lise Johnson will be leading the trip. Activities will include: visiting two Zambian schools supported by CWB, participating in activities at the schools such as teaching, sports and building projects, and visiting local Zambian attractions. Trip dates are June 26 – July 13.
For more information, please feel free to contact either Lise at [email protected] or Amy at [email protected]
Communities Without Borders (CWB) has registered a new non-governmental organization in Zambia itself in order to solidify a continuous on-the-ground presence in Zambia year round. With this action we expect to be better able to manage operations in Zambia leading to more effectiveness and better accountability and cost savings. We will also enjoy the benefit of the creative thinking from experienced and respected Zambians on our Zambian board of directors
Communities Without Borders’ founder, Richard Bail, established the first community-to-community relationship between Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA and the community of Mandevu near the capital city of Lusaka, Zambia in 2000. The purpose of this relationship was to support the education of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in Mandevu working through the non-governmental organization, The Society of Women Against AIDS in Zambia (SWAAZ). Subsequently, the work of CWB has expanded to include nine U.S. community partners linked to eight Zambian communities. Six of these Zambian communities work directly with SWAAZ. In two other Zambian communities, Garden Compound and Linda Compound, CWB has established relationships with other Zambian organizations that coordinate educational services for the children. Mrs. Jane Ndulo, formerly the Head of Post Basic Nursing at the University of Zambia, has overseen all of these relationships.
The new official organization has 2 highly respected Zambians on the Board. The first is Dr. Mukachilima Chikuba, who is a fully trained epidemiologist and sits on the National AIDS Board of Zambia. Muka has worked for the Boston-based company, John Snow, Inc. and has been the chief of party for several USAID sponsored programs. The second board member is Mr. Wilfred Chilangwa. Wilfred is a former head-master of a Zambian high school and subsequently served for many years in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the Middle East. He has published 2 books, specifically directed toward Zambian youth, on how to avoid contracting AIDS. Three Americans, Cherie Noe, Alvin Jacobson and Richard Bail, are also members of the Board of the new CWB Zambia. The Board of Directors has already had its first regular monthly meeting on December 6, using “SKYPE” to communicate. Its first formal action was to open a bank account in Zambia. The board also agreed to begin a search for a permanent In-country Manager.
As a Zambian organization, this opportunity may give CWB the ability to apply to large international donors with a better possibility of getting grants–such as USAID, the World Bank or the European Community. CWB has been planning this new step in our organization in order to more effectively carry out our mission to expand educational opportunity for orphans and vulnerable children. We expect that this new, official presence as a Zambian Society will allow us to serve more children and will increase the quality of our programs in Zambia.
Dr. Muka Chikuba has over 20 years of experience working in medicine, international health and development, including experience working in the Zambian health system at the national and local levels, and providing leadership and technical expertise to several USAID-funded projects, working with governments and public sector institutions, a wide range of civil society organizations and partners, and the private sector, both domestically and internationally. Her area of expertise is in HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, including expertise in HIV care and treatment, HIV prevention, HIV commodities logistics and supply chain management, and HIV/AIDS surveillance and research.
Since joining JSI, Dr Chikuba has worked as Project Director for the MTCT-Plus Implementation & Quality Assurance (MTCT-Plus IQA) project in Boston, providing quality monitoring for some of the earliest HIV treatment programs in Africa and Asia; Chief of Party for the Support to the HIV/AIDS Response in Zambia (SHARe) project, providing support to improve coordination, management and implementation of the HIV response in Zambia; Chief of Party for the SHARe II project in Zambia; HIV Clinical Care & ART Specialist for the USAID | DELIVER project in Zimbabwe; and Senior HIV and AIDS Advisor for the SCMS project in Zimbabwe.
She has also served as a senior team member of the JSI/Boston HIV/AIDS technical team. Before coming to JSI, Dr Chikuba worked as an Epidemiologist in the HIV/AIDS Surveillance Unit of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and as a Clinician in the Zambia health system. Dr Chikuba has a Master of Science (MSc) in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, a Master of Public Health (MPH) in International Health from Boston University, and a Medical Degree (MBChB) from the University of Zambia.
Ms. Edna Mwaala Mudenda is the manager and CEO of the 14 room Kalingile Guest House in Lusaka, Zambia. She recently retired from her work as the Director of Banking, Currency and Payment Systems Department at the Bank of Zambia (BOZ) where she had previously held positions of Director, Non-bank Financial Institutions, Assistant Director of Financial System Supervision and Senior Inspector. She has had a thirty year career in central banking, as a specialist in financial institutions, regulations and supervision, banking and currency management.
Ms. Mudenda was the Delegation Leader for the past four years on the Joint Banknote Repatriation Committee drawing up procedures for promoting trade along the border areas between Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi. Prior to that for four years she was the Chairperson of the Financial Sector Development Plan Secretariat following her role as coordinator of the BOZ Micro-finance Project which culminated in the 2006 Micro-finance Regulations. She also was an Advisor and Team Member with the International Monetary Fund undertaking consultancy services to the Central Bank of Kenya, the National Bank of Ethiopia, and the Bank of Uganda.
Ms. Mudenda graduated from the University of Zambia and the Chartered Institute of Banking Services, Canterbury, United Kingdom before getting a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
Manenga Ndulo has been teaching economics at the Department of Economics, University of Zambia for the past 38 years. He is former Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and former Chairperson of the Department of Economics. He has been a Consultant to various international organizations among them are the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the United Nations Industrial Organization, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Overseas Development Agency. He has also worked as a Trade Consultant to the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Zambia.
Ms. Jesse Phiri has been a teacher for the last six years through Society of Women Against AIDS (SWAAZ) school in Bauleni. Her preferred age group is nursery school and primary grades one to three. Ms. Phiri worked as a field worker for SWAAZ from 2000 to 2002. She describes herself as an achiever, an enterprising person, a hard worker and self-starter. She has also worked in businesses.
She says she has an open personality and the tendency to be imaginative, independent, and interested in variety, which she finds helpful in her teaching as she is able to catch children’s
attention and imagination for a good length of time, allowing her to deliver lessons effectively. She is conscientious and has developed skills being organized, careful and disciplined. She sees her role as an extravert, being sociable, trusting, helpful, fun loving and affectionate as an advantage in her teaching. She serves as a role model for students as a calm, secure and confident person. She loves to think outside the box and is a conceptual thinker able to assimilate teaching theories and abstract practices and enjoys working with teams.
After completing her studies at Kabulonga Girls Secondary School in Lusaka, she received her Certificate in Teaching at KAM Early Childhood Teacher Training & Consultancy in 1999 and went on to get a Diploma in Teaching. Later she received a Certificate in Management at ASTIM in 2006. Subsequently she has continued her studies at professional education workshops for subjects such as education best practices, health promotion, and community school teaching skills.
Dr. Richard Bail, President and founder of Communities Without Borders, has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine Dean’s Community Service Faculty Award for his work with Communities Without Borders. The award was established to recognize “outstanding individuals whose dedication and commitment to community service have made a positive impact on the local, national, and global community.” Dr. Bail was honored at an Awards Breakfast on September 12, 2011 at Harvard Medical School and Communities Without Borders will receive a $1000.00 donation from Harvard in his honor. With his usual humility, Dick stated that the award was a complete surprise and that praise should go to all of the partner communities who make this incredibly important work possible. Kudos!
Our Mission is to enable a better future for orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia through access to education and related care. Collaborating with community organizations and individuals, we build enduring personal relationships that foster mutual understanding and inspire a shared sense of responsibility as world citizens.