Katete's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Katete community is located in eastern Zambia, approximately 500 kilometres from Lusaka, the capital city. Although the area is rural, it is densely populated, with almost 55 people per square kilometre. Rains are unpredictable, and there are frequent dry spells, droughts and flash floods. Farming is the main economic activity, however more than 80% of families are very poor and work small plots of land for subsistence farming. Families keep livestock and grow crops, but farm production is low because of infertile soils and irregular rainfall.

Floods are particularly devastating to the community because floodwaters travel quickly through ditches that have formed all over the area due to environmental degradation. Although measures have been taken to reduce environmental harm, the community regularly faces disasters, resulting in poor harvests and food insecurity.
Child Protection
  • 1,424 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 107 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 300 children participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 5,855 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 6 children were rescued from early marriage thanks to the child protection systems established by the community
  • 1 school was renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 180 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 4 schools received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 40 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 50 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 6 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 1,004 children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 1,234 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 1,659 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 169 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 18 mother groups are guiding new and expectant moms on how to eat well, access health services and care for their babies
  • 1,893 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 1,911 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 118 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 344 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 36 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
*Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Inform parents about the importance of education, especially for girls.
  • Train school committees and parent-teacher associations.
  • Construct more schools and renovate classrooms, as well as provide learning and teaching materials.
  • Establish and equip children's school committees to give children a voice in issues that affect them.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Educate community members about sanitation, hygiene, and disease prevention and management.
  • Construct more and improved health centres and water sources.
  • Support immunization campaigns, child growth monitoring, and nutrition demonstrations for mothers.

To ensure parents in Katete can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train farming families in improved farming practices, as well as crop storage techniques.
  • Provide farming equipment and improved breeds of livestock.
  • Establish community livestock auxiliaries to provide basic treatment for animals.
  • Support community groups in nutrition gardening and food preservation.
  • Develop disaster preparedness plans to prevent food loss.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Educate community members of all ages on preventing the spread of HIV.
  • Establish community-led care for orphans and people living with AIDS.

Explore Katete

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Katete

There are not enough schools in Katete, and they only educate up to Grade 9. Schools are overcrowded, classrooms are dilapidated, and teachers lack adequate teaching materials and learning aids. Although education is free, most schools charge user fees, which many parents cannot afford.

65% of school-age children are not in school, because of low initial enrolment and high dropout rates, especially among girls. Parents are not well informed about the importance of education for girls, and many end up marrying off their underage daughters.

Health Care
9% of children in Katete die before reaching the age of five. Malaria is the leading cause of death. Poor sanitation and contaminated drinking water from streams and wells causes many children to suffer from diarrhea as well. Malnutrition is also a major cause of deaths. 16% of children are malnourished, and 37% have stunted growth. There is only one health centre in the area.

83% of families do not have a year-round supply of food because crop production is low. Dry spells, droughts, and flash floods destroy crops in the fields and in storage, while livestock are lost due to animal diseases. Farmers rely on crops which have become low yielding and soils have become infertile from overuse. Farmers are unable to afford improved seeds, tools and equipment to increase their harvest and income.

16% of the community's population is HIV positive, and the single existing health centre does not have antiretroviral treatment services. People lack information on how to protect themselves from HIV infection. HIV and AIDS have deepened poverty, leaving grandparents and children to care for orphans and chronically ill adults.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Katete,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.