For nearly a decade, Chiyumbabeenzu Health Post in Zambia struggled without running water, hindering sanitation and care — especially for expectant mothers. When World Vision installed a mechanized water system at the clinic, water became readily accessible. With water, more mothers are giving birth at the clinic, hygiene has improved, and the small health staff can better serve their community.
Why World Vision is in Zambia
Zambia is trying to gain momentum on the path of economic recovery, still feeling the continued impact of a suffering economy through a slow rise in the cost of living. And heavy rainfall in the 2022/23 rainy season, accompanied by strong winds, has left thousands of households homeless.A rise in the exchange rate has led to a high cost of living, making it difficult for the majority of Zambians to afford adequate food. Additionally, farmers don’t have the access they need from the government to sustain an income that provides for their families. World Vision is using the farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) approach to restore and improve ecosystems, which has created improved sources of income for 25,000 farmers. We also drilled or rehabilitated hundreds of 408 boreholes and constructed 40 mechanized water systems — reaching well over 205,000 people, including over 50,000 children, with access to clean water. Expectant mothers are being equipped with training and best practices to care for the nutrition and health of their children, and a campaign is empowering girls to avoid child marriage.
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 vulnerable children to be protected from all forms of abuse.
For continued support prioritizing the needs of the citizens, especially children.
News from Zambia
In a Zambian village, Maggie’s daily quest for water once hindered her education and exposed her to ridicule. As a result of World Vision’s work with her community, a borehole was installed, equipping families with easy access to water, which has improved their lives in a variety of ways. Now with more free time, Maggie is pursuing her dream of nursing while savoring childhood moments.
Sarafina wanted her children to have a bright future — built upon the foundation of education. But she and her husband struggled to pay for their children’s schooling and dealt with marital conflict as a result. When World Vision started savings groups in her community, Sarafina was one of the first to sign up. With the tools she’s learned through the training and the confidence she’s gained from running her own business, she now understands the value she can bring to her marriage, her family, and her community.
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