Zambia

Working With Children in Zambia

Ongoing challenges for Zambia include deep rural poverty and high unemployment rates. World Vision provides business skills trainings so men and women can start small businesses and provide for their children. Savings groups allow members to accrue small funds for emergencies and access loans to build their businesses.

Health is another focus for our work with children in Zambia. One third of the country’s population does not have access to clean water. In 2010, we began a clean water campaign and since then more than 600,000 Zambians have gained access to safe drinking water. We also worked closely with the Ministry of Health to distribute mosquito nets that guard against malaria.

Your impact in Zambia

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in 2016:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

 
  • We strengthened communities’ abilities to address gender-based violence by hosting constructive engagement with boys and men and strengthening survivor services.
  • 3,816 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 27 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
     
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

 
  • 42,996 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 1,127 malnourished children in Zambia were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 4,984 children and women were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 39,048 children received deworming medications and vitamins to improve their health
     
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

 
  • Student literacy got a boost with a mobile reading game using the local language to help educators incorporate folktales and stories from community members in their curriculum. 
  • 16 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 21 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children in Zambia
  • 337 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
     
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

 
  • To increase household incomes, we established and strengthened savings and loan groups and trained farmers and community members in business management and entrepreneurship.
  • 183 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 968 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 60 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
     

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