Malambo Grassroots started in 1992 as an initiative of the Savory-Banyard families and was based out of the Moorings Farm near Monze, in Southern Province, Zambia. Since then, our founders Marylee Banyard and her daughter Jocelyn Banyard have been joined by Canadian volunteers, Antonia Banyard, Heidi Krutzen, and Sarah Taylor. We also work with a few in-country partners including Sr Lontia Siakalambwa, head teacher of St. Vincent de Paul School in Monze, and Rabson Kambwali, our interpreter and cultural liaison in Monze. Between visits to the area, we keep in touch with our Zambian contacts through phone, Skype, and Facebook so that we can stay abreast of the community’s needs as they develop and change.
We also partner with family member Dr. Thea Savory who is based in Monze, and her Dutch charity, Stichting Mwabuka to provide student scholarships and improve the infrastructure of schools in the area.
Our involvement in this area goes back to 1914, when Marylee Banyard’s grandfather first arrived in the territory as a surveyor. He and his son bought the land that is now Moorings Farm in 1919. We have worked with many of the families in the Malambo community for more than one hundred years. Our love and respect for them, and commitment to improving their future, has grown from these deep roots. Their courage, tenacity, and creative thinking continually inspires us.
All donations go directly towards assisting Zambian locals. We are a member-project of Rose Charities Canada, a registered, non-profit organization with the Canada Revenue Agency, registration number: 859442303RR0001. Registered under section 7 (1) of the Societies Act of the Republic of Zambia, dated at Lusaka the 14th day of March, 2002.