Working With Children in Zambia

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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 the past year:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

  • 2,576 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 2 child well being activities conducted including health and nutrition, hygiene, livlihood, education, child rights and protection awareness
  • 428 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 2,581 adults participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 29 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance children's rights and create positive changes for children
  • 32 faith and community leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 6,659 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.
  • 51 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 547 people were counselled on how to properly care for mothers and babies during and after pregnancy
  • 16 people learned about health and nutrition topics
  • 25 people received information about how to properly care for children
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 1,699 children are participating in clubs that make community decisions and advocate for their protection and wellbeing
  • 12 advocacy clubs are in place for children and youth empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 24 reading clubs are in place for children and youth helping them improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 537 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 120 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of raising their children with love and tenderness
  • 75 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 84,247 yards of fabric were shipped to provide resources for economic development initiatives
  • 3,831 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 6,611 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 5,606 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 196 people are part of savings groups, helping them save money and learn about personal finance
  • 21 savings groups are helping young people and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 5 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children
  • 1,200 animals were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 100 people received small loans, helping their families enhance their businesses or meet other immediate financial needs
  • 369 farmers groups are in place helping people improve crop and livestock production
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.

  • 2,501 people in emergencies received life-saving support like tents, cooking sets and hygiene kits
  • 4,623 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 34 new or improved water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 9,895 people are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 7,223 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 26 committees are promoting sanitary behaviours and managing water supply systems to ensure long term access to clean water
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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