The Salvation Army established a mission in Chikankata in 1945 at the invitation of the local headman, Charlie Chikankata. He had heard of the Salvation Army's work in Zimbabwe and offered a portion of his land if education and health services could be established for his people. In 1946, The Salvation Army settled among the Tonga people of the Mapangazya area and opened a school, hospital and a church to serve the whole needs of the community.
For Body and Soul was filmed in the earlier part of the last century, some views and language are archaic.
Chikankata, home to more than 3000 people is situated 31 km from the tar road on the edge of the Zambezi valley, in Zambia, Central Africa. This rural hospital, school and training centre surrounded by hills and traditional village settlements, is 125 kilometres south of Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. The nearest town, Mazabuka is 60 kilometres north-west. Chikankata services a catchment population of over 90,000 people, nearly all living in remote areas of the Southern Province.
To find out the latest developments at Chikankata take a look at the following film: vimeo.com/40522297
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