Kalabo is a District town of the Western Province covering an area of 17,447 square kilometers. It borders with Lukulu District to the North, Mongu District to the West, Senanga and Shangombo Districts to the South and Angola to the East. The whole district is an isolated area because of the lack of road and the yearly floods of the Zambezi plain.
St. Michael is the name of the parish and it comprehends the whole District which covers 65 centers divided into six zones
It is about 114,996, scattered in small settlements over the large territory.
Kalabo District is rated amongst the poorest Districts in the country; poverty levels are at 85%. The District is characterized by the Kalahari sand and a topography which often causes droughts and floods leading to loss of harvests, starvation, deterioration of roads and collapsing of bridges. Kalabo has natural resources for fisheries, livestock and timber because it has forests, land, rivers, savannah, and the Liuwa National Park which can be exploited to further development, yet it lacks the necessary investment to boost its economy.
There are two hospitals in the District and fourteen Rural Health Centers which face shortage of personnel and drugs; HIV/AIDS prevalence is high in the region.
There are few Schools and no institutions for Higher Learning, thus the levels of illiteracy are high. Many girls drop-out from school due to early pregnancies. It is not rare that women and children, especially young girls, suffer gender-based violence and abuse, such as rape, defilements, wife battering, etc.
At the beginning of 2011 there were conflicts between the government and the local community because of popular demand to restore “The Barotseland Agreement”, thus a certain political instability was experienced.
There are many churches in the area. Many people are Christians but they are still strongly influenced by traditional beliefs and easily mix Christian practices with traditional customs or change from one denomination to another.
The presence of the CMS
The CMS community was officially opened on 1st September 2002, with four sisters who got involved in different ministries: evangelization, youth & education, Orphan & Vulnerable Children and Home Based Care.
Objectives of our presence
Evangelization and human development
1. Evangelization: Parish Pastoral Ministry and Formation of Leaders
2. Health: Home Based Care and Nursing in the Government Hospital
3. Women Promotion and Informal Education for Orphan and Vulnerable Girls