Why World Vision is in Zambia

In 2019, the worst drought in 40 years left 2.3 million Zambians in peril of starvation in the south and west of the country. In the north and east, flash floods waterlogged crops, resulting in poor yields. The food shortage is expected to get worse over the next year. Flooding contaminated water sources, resulting in the spread of waterborne illness. Zambians are also fighting the harmful cultural practice of child marriage, which removes young girls from school and severely limits their opportunities in life. Thanks to the generosity of donors, World Vision is partnering with other groups to promote the creation of laws to end child marriage. Emergency aid is being delivered to families in areas affected by drought, and those with contaminated water sources are receiving vitamin A and de-worming tablets to protect their health. World Vision is now the leading non-governmental provider of clean water in the country. Additionally, Zambian children are improving their reading skills and opening doors to new opportunities through summer reading camps.

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.

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Progress in Zambia

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • More children live in communities that help protect their rights. Children, parents, and faith leaders learned about children's rights and how to identify and report suspected cases of child abuse. They especially focused on what steps can be taken to prevent child marriage.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Mothers were given the support they need to help keep themselves healthy and give their babies the best start possible. Pregnant women received prenatal care, and mothers learned about infant health, preventing malnutrition through breastfeeding, and when to seek medical care for their children.
  • Children are safer from water-related diseases after 21 new boreholes were drilled and others were fixed, providing clean drinking water. Kids and families also learned safe hygiene and sanitation practices, including proper hand washing and how to maintain hygiene facilities.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Children are improving their literacy skills through special reading spaces in schools. Also, teachers learned new child-friendly teaching methods to better support kids' education.
  • More students have access to better learning environments after classrooms were renovated and furnished with new desks. Also, some schools received new books for children to access.

Prayer Requests from Zambia

World Vision's staff in Zambia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • For the recovery of Zambian communities affected by drought.


  • For girls rescued from child marriage to have the hope and determination to go back to school and realize their God-given potential.


  • For peace and unity through 2021’s presidential election.


News from Zambia

From the Field

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