In rural Zambia, parents struggled to provide for their children, meaning kids were often unable to go to school or even have regular meals. But with goats from World Vision’s Gift Catalog program, families now are thriving — and blessing others in their community.
Why World Vision is in Zambia
Though the pandemic affected much of Zambian life in 2020, no major natural disasters hit the country and the agricultural output increased significantly after 2019’s severe drought, which helped stabilize Zambians despite COVID-19’s impact. The disruptions of the pandemic included school closures that set kids’ educations back, healthcare system challenges with inadequate resources, and economic fallout that led to a recession. With poverty worsening in rural regions and straining families, issues of child protection became more severe: Child marriages and domestic abuse increased, especially as children stayed out of school during pandemic-related closures. Online learning was often not an option for kids in rural areas without internet infrastructure. Thanks to strong partnerships and programs, hundreds of thousands of vulnerable kids and families are receiving the right support. In response to the 2019 drought that created lingering effects, over 505,000 people benefited from seeds and food assistance to help them get through the season. Nearly 1.5 million people heard preventive messages during the pandemic’s peaks, and about 3 million people were reached with child protection awareness, especially on the dangers of child marriage. Over 700 schools were equipped with handwashing stations and materials.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Prayer Requests from Zambia
World Vision's staff in Zambia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
For government leaders to make the right decisions that will improve the living conditions of people who have fallen deeper into poverty from the COVID-19 pandemic.
For peace to reign in the country as people vote in general elections mid-2021.
News from Zambia
New bicycles allow a Zambian girl to attend school and avoid the dangers on her road to collect water. The bicycle lets her arrive on time to class and also gets her home earlier in the evening so she has more time for her homework.
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