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Why World Vision is in Zambia
In 2018, Zambia remained stable overall. The country’s currency, the kwacha, fell sharply this year, which caused the price of basics like fuel, electricity, and food to rise. Some dry months in the farming season also caused food prices to rise, since farmers couldn’t grow enough for everyone. These price increases hurt already-vulnerable families throughout the country. This year, Zambia’s government made strides to combat gender-based violence, child marriage, and other child protection issues like abuse or exploitation. National events highlighted the needs of people suffering from HIV and AIDS, as well as those struggling to access healthcare and education. Working together with our donors, many of these vulnerable children and families were supported. Communities became stronger as more people participated in making their regions better for everyone. Programs helped people learn how to make the best use of clean water as well as sanitation facilities and helped spread health instead of germs through hygiene behavior change training. Mothers and their babies are growing strong and healthy through specific care and trainings for mothers. Programs that improve families’ livelihoods help the most vulnerable families have better access to food year round, so their children can thrive.
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.
- Through a collaboration with the government and communities, campaigns were led to register births and print birth certificates, giving more children access to government services and safety nets.
- Through a collaboration with schools, child protection clubs were facilitated, where children learned about their rights, protection, and safety. They also learned about relevant topics such as child labor, child abuse, and the dangers of early marriage. To support children, parents and other community members also attended training's we facilitated to make them aware of their roles in supporting and upholding children's rights and preventing abuse.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Community health workers in Zambia were trained on maternal and newborn care, safe pregnancies, breastfeeding, and nutrition. These community health workers then held discussion groups and training's with mothers to provide them with education on these same topics.
- Access to safe clean water in Zambia was increased through drilling news wells and rehabilitating existing ones. By building latrines and hand washing facilities in schools, access to clean water improved, which has the added advantage of encouraging school attendance.
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.
- Opportunities in Zambia were provided to improve literacy skills in schools through a model called Literacy Boost*. It trains teachers to keep students engaged and interested in reading books through games, songs, and stories. The model also gets communities involved in learning by providing books, supplies, and sponsoring reading camps. *Literacy Boost is a copyrighted tool designed, developed, and owned by Save the Children.
Prayer Requests from Zambia
World Vision's staff in Zambia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Sponsored children and their families will be resilient as they go through difficult challenges trying to access education, health, food, clean water, and more.
Zambia will remain peaceful, loving, and united, avoiding politics based on ethnicity and regions that spark violence and disrupt peace.
News from Zambia
As a surgeon, our friend Dr. Paul Osteen spends several months each year doing medical missions in Africa. Through this work, he and his family witness God’s miracles of healing performed by compassionate believers: the hands and feet of Christ on earth. This is the story of one of those miracles.
U.S. snowboarder Kelly Clark, who won three Olympic and 14 X Games medals, announced her retirement from professional competition. In an interview with World Vision, she talks about retirement, purpose, and her visit to see World Vision’s work and meet her sponsored child in Zambia.
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