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 protects their rights. Parents and religious leaders learned about children's rights and how to identify and report suspected cases of child abuse. Children also took part in councils where they discussed issues affecting them.
  • World Vision helped parents to obtain birth certificates for their children, demonstrating the importance of children's rights, and giving children access to public services such as schools and health facilities.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Mothers are receiving education to keep their babies healthy. Prenatal counseling was given to pregnant women, helping them have safer pregnancies and births. Caregivers also learned about important breastfeeding and nutrition practices, and when to seek medical care for their children.
  • More girls and boys had resources to improve their reading skills after joining and participating in reading camps that helped boost literacy rates among children in first through fourth grades.

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.

  • More teachers are equipped to provide quality education to students. Teachers took part in training that helped them improve their teaching methods and skills.

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

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