Pray for the work World Vision is doing in countries that make up the region of southern Africa — Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Why World Vision is in Zambia
Zambia’s fluctuating economy is currently on the upswing, thanks to a good harvest year. But Zambians still worry that the weather or natural disasters could change this in the near future. Despite the good year, poverty and violence affects many Zambians. Over a million people live with HIV and AIDS, and thousands of gender-based violence cases were reported every few months. As awareness of abusive behavior increases, more people can report violence and get help. In addition to poverty and violence, a low employment rate throughout the country means few job opportunities, especially for young people. Your support is helping us build strong characters in kids based on the love of God. Community savings and credit groups are allowing families to send children to school and invest in viable business opportunities. As well, we’re giving farmers and entrepreneurs an empowered biblical worldview so they know they’re valued by God and can be transformative agents in their own stories. Increasing parents’ and communities’ participation with their kids is also improving education, and providing better sanitation and water facilities at schools reduces drop-out rates. Overall, healthcare and nutrition, especially for mothers with newborns, are being managed at the community level through in-home counseling about good practices. Together, we’re helping kids transform their communities for lasting change.
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.
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.
- To increase household incomes, we trained farmers and community members in business management and established new savings groups.
- Farmers attended sessions on conservation farming techniques that taught them to increase agricultural production, improve community resilience to droughts, and reduce deforestation.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- New moms attended our sessions on proper childhood nutrition, such as exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and preparing nutritious meals for toddlers with local ingredients.
- In partnership with the Ministry of Health, we trained community health volunteers and mothers to advocate for clinics to provide skilled birth attendants to help with delivering babies.
- Parents in the community learned about the importance of immunizations, proper nutrition, sanitation, vitamin supplements, and malaria prevention during our trainings on childhood health.
- To improve access to safe water and lower the incidence of waterborne illnesses, we drilled borehole wells and educated families on the importance of handwashing, personal hygiene, and waste management.
- To reduce the incidence of HIV and AIDS, we formed anti-AIDS clubs in local schools and trained community health volunteers on prevention of mother-to-child transmission.
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.
- We trained PTA members and community leaders in our Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) program to advocate for improved quality education. Advocacy efforts focused on eliminating early marriage and supporting girls to continue their education. CVA is our program that empowers communities with tools to advocate for better healthcare, education, and protection.
- We trained teachers in effective literacy programs and supplied schools with new books and learning materials to help kids succeed at reading and writing.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- Teachers, pastors, and Sunday school teachers provided both Christian nurture and hygiene education for children by using a curriculum called "Jesus Source of Living Water." Clubs were formed in schools, where kids learned about the Gospel and how to care for themselves.
Prayer Requests from Zambia
World Vision's staff in Zambia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Our continued partnerships with the government and churches.
God's provision and protection for the refugees who have come to Northern Zambia.
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