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.

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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 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.


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