The community of Katete is graduating

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Katete’s community is making strong progress toward caring for all its children, not just those who are sponsored. They are now transitioning to self-sufficiency. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping Katete get there. Thank you! 

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Katete has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

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.
People in Katete are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

Child Protection
  • 1011 parents and community members learned about child protection issues, creating a safer environment where children can learn and grow.
  • 80 mothers and fathers learned about children's rights and safety, helping more boys and girls grow up in a safer family environment.
  • 12 children's groups were formed, giving girls and boys a safe place to play, learn or voice their opinions on issues that affect their lives.
  • 363 girls and boys aged six to 18 years old took part in a children's group in their local community helping them feel involved and part of the community.
  • 25 community members were educated on health policies and birth registration
  • 120 parents learned how to nurture their children holistically, creating families where girls and boys can grow physically, emotionally and socially.
  • 120  parents and caregivers attended workshops on good parenting, teaching them skills to improve family relationships and how they raise their children.
  • 4  education officials were trained to supervise and support teachers to teach literacy, helping improve lessons in reading and writing.
  • 7  reading clubs have been started for boys and girls, helping to improve their literacy and reading habits.
  • 2000  books written in the local language were given to schools, providing students with reading materials that are age-appropriate and in their own language.
  • 8 literacy teachers were trained in improved teaching methodologies
  • 130  members of the community were reached through education awareness campaigns, helping them learn why all children should go to school.
  • 6 communities were motivated and equipped for advocacy work on child protection and safety issues, so more children can grow up in a safe community.
  • 5 congregational HIV and AIDS task teams were rolled out through Channels of Hope for maternal, newborn and child health.
  • 3003 boys and girls took part in faith-based activities, deepening their understanding of God's love for them, others and nature.
  • 5 farming and agricultural groups formed, helping producers work together for better harvests.
  • 422 community members learned how to manage their household's finances, helping them understand and develop strategies to manage family income and expenses.
  • 150 farmers are working together in groups to develop and sell their products, increasing their income so they can better support their children.
  • 8 savings groups were established though support programs.
  • 4 farmer field schools were established.
  • 1203 farmers were trained in new and improved agricultural technologies.
Health and Nutrition
  • 2501 households in targeted areas received indoor residual spraying to prevent malaria.
  • 547 women of child-bearing age accessed maternal and child health services.
  • 2451 people learned about healthy habits through awareness campaigns led by community groups, helping them better care for themselves and their children.
  • 16 adults were trained or counselled on sexual and reproductive health.
  • 2 community-led monitoring and dialogue or lobbying processes and meetings on health issues were conducted by communities.
  • 25 community leaders were trained on key health care or nutrition policies.
  • 24 trained community members are starting prevention programs.
  • 11 neighbourhood health committees are operational and governed according to Ministry of Health guidelines.
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Katete

current conditions

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


Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Katete,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!